Car, plane, train … How to travel with a baby?

Going on vacation with a baby requires some organization! Whether it is by car, plane or train, we give you our advice for a peaceful ride with your newborn.

Flying with a small child can be practical – and less tiring! – when you have a long distance to travel.

On the safety side: at what age can he fly?

From 3 weeks, baby can fly No problem. Moreover, it is without a doubt the least tiring means of transport because it is the fastest.

On the organizational and health side

Before you leave, make a brief visit to your doctor or pediatrician is required for check that your child does not have ear problemsespecially otitis media. Also clean his nose before takeoff and landing, especially with saline. To spare his small ears during takeoff and landing, give him a drink, food or just his pacifier so he sink regularly.

What documents and papers for the toddler on the plane?

If you are traveling abroad with a baby, the documents your child must have are the same as yours, namely an EU identity card or a passport to other countries.

It is also interesting to note that some airlines offer discounted rates for babies, or even for free. Do not hesitate to inquire on the airlines website to find out more.

The well-being side

To keep your baby busy, remember to bring games, duvets, books, drinks, snacks … Give your little one confidence familiarize yourself with other passengers. He wants to feel much better, and your fellow travelers may accept his chirping more … and cry!

Traveling with a newborn by train

The security side

There are no special safety precautions to take (and no belt to put on) because low risk of accidents. For toddlers, it is ideal to put them in a pool. For the elderly, watch for movement in the hallways because of the risk of falling!

On the organizational and health side

Above all, do not forget to drink. Air conditioning is common in trains and baby risks getting dry nose and throat.

The well-being side

If your train has a restaurant cart, it is better to bring hot water bottles and small pots “low time “. Otherwise, beware of the crowds!

By traveling during the baby’s sleeping hours, time will pass faster for him and you will save energy looking for more lists to occupy him. Think of bring a towel : you can put your little one near you and change it when there is no more suitable place …

Bring something to entertain the baby during the trip and place it any time next to the window. In addition, some trains have a carriage dedicated to children: find out at SNCF.

baby in boat

The security side

Beware: sea ​​air deceives. Despite a feeling of freshness, the sun is here ! It is so much the louder that it resonates in the water. The right reflex: sunscreen SPF 50+hat and t-shirt mandatory.

On the organizational and health side

Before leaving, remember to consult your pediatrician: he will tell you which medicine to use in case of seasickness possible. Also watch out for insects ! In your travel pharmacy, remember to bring a preventative cream and another that heals and soothes.

Baby in the car: advice for traveling as a family

What safety on the road?

The law requires that you transport the baby in a specialized car seat (with the indication E, which confirms that it complies with European standards). This seat must be adapted to the child’s weight and size : bed or rear-facing seat up to 18 months (13 kg), harness seat or shield seat between 9 months and 4 years (9 to 18 kg), harness cushion from 4 years (over 15 kg).
Even for a short ride, baby should always travel in his seat. Never take it on your lap.

If he is sitting in the back of the car, always empty the luggage rack so that cards and hats do not fall over his head!

On the organizational and health side

Choose a car seat comfortable and practical for his age:

  • Seat 0-9 months: choose a seat whose edges are adequately padded, baby will be well protected in case of an accident. And what a good nap in perspective!
  • The seat 9 months-4 years: if you have the choice, preferably buy a seat with a washable cover.

If you are going to a mountainous area, baby can get sick every time. Better to consult your pediatrician before departure, he will tell you how to solve it. For his health, also avoid smoking in the car. Never leave it in the car during a stop: it risks heat stroke. And think of the sunshade in the summer.

For his well-being

The Road Act recommends one stop every two hours. Do more when baby is awake, he can change position and ventilate and you can rest too!
In an inclined seat, the baby will more easily find the best position to fall asleep.
If you are traveling alone with a baby and you do not have an airbag in the front of your car, place your little one next to you (always facing backwards). You can check that everything is in order, without taking any risk! And especially, Never adjust your mirror to be able to keep an eye on him: The danger comes above all from the road.

The toilet set

The first necessity of the toiletry bag: diapers! It is better to take a minimal stock with you to avoid having to run to the stores as soon as you arrive at the place. Count seven to eight diapers a day. Consider napkins for cleaning: they are convenient for short stays. However, they should not be used if your baby has a diaper rash.

For bath time, and if you still have some space left in your luggage, there are inflatable bathtubs that are suitable for travel. Do not forget to bring his milk and a washcloth. Also, plan a towel that will be helpful if you need to change your baby during the trip, and a mist to refresh it.

Keep your bottle away from the heat

Disposable bottles are becoming increasingly difficult to find in pharmacies. If you are not breastfeeding him, the most effective solution is to bring his box of milk powder, already sterilized feeding bottles and bottles of mineral water (must be stored within 24 hours after opening). Everything should be well sealed in an insulated bag away from the heat. Never prepare it in advance or be sure it will be ingested within an hour.

To make new bottles, wash them very carefully. When stopping at the service station, it is possible to heat the bottle. Bottle warmers are also commercially available.

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