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Traveling With a Baby

Traveling with your baby during early infancy can seem like a scary idea the first time you do it. Regardless if your travel by car, air, boat or plane there are several important things to consider that can help to make your travels easy.

For the first few months, all your baby will care about is her own comfort. The key to a successful trip is to maintain your baby's normal patterns as much as possible. When traveling you will want to be prepared to meet all of those needs, which amounts to a full stomach, a clean diaper and a comfortable place to sit or lie. If you can satisfy these basic needs, then traveling with your baby during infancy will probably be the easiest traveling you will probably ever do together.

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Traveling long distances will usually involve a change in time zones. Depending on the difference in time, you may find that extreme changes can disturb your baby's sleep and eating schedule. The best way to overcome time zone changes is to plan your activities around your baby's schedule. Although this may not be the most accommodating for you, after several days your baby will likely adjust to the new time zone.

Plan to bring some familiar things from home with you. This can help your baby to adjust more quickly to a new environment. Pack your baby's favorite blanket that she usually sleeps with as well as a few favorite toys. Also pack the same bath soap you wash her with and a familiar bath towel. Although adults look forward to trying new foods during travels, infants are not as happy with any food changes. At meal times give her the normal foods she is familiar with. Traveling is not the best time to try new formulas or strange tastes.

When traveling in a car, make sure you always strap your baby securely into her car seat. Ideally, your baby's seat should be strapped into the back center seat of your vehicle. Rear-facing car seats should never be placed in the front seat of a car with a passenger-side airbag. When traveling on an airplane, be sure to inspect the label on your car seat. Only car seats that have been approved for transport in airplanes by the Federal Aviation Administration can be used in flight. Unless you buy a ticket for your baby, you will have to carry your baby on your lap during the flight. Talk with the customer service agents about whether there are any extra seats available. If so, you may be able to get a separate seat for your baby without having to pay for it.