How to prepare for travel with your new-born

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday…’

There is no better feeling than having the flight book and passports ready for a holiday, right? Whether you are jetting off somewhere sunny or taking a trip to visit loved ones, travelling with a new-born can be a challenge. From knowing what to pack to keeping them calm on the way, here is everything you need to know about how to prepare for travel with your little one.

How soon can you travel with a new-born?

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, one thing you might be wondering is when you can take your first family holiday. Doctors recommend you give your baby’s immune system time to develop and get strong before you think about booking those flights. Every infant is different, this could be as quick as a month though many doctors recommend three to six months. It’s always best to speak to your doctor before you travel with your newborn, which will give you the confidence and reassurance that they are ready for their first adventure.

Mom and baby with Panda Pillow on the bed

What are airline guidelines on travel with a new- born?

Airlines can differ with their approach for travel with new-borns, so it is always best to consult their policies before choosing a carrier. Some airlines allow as soon as one week though others insist on two. It’s also best to go on the advice of your doctor to ensure the safety of your baby and give you peace of mind. Travel can be chaotic, so it is best to plan as much as you can ahead to prepare for a smooth, relaxing trip.

What is good to pack for travel with your new-born?

There are plenty of things you can pop into your carry-on to set you up for an easier flight. First up for a calm journey you might want to remember your bamboo baby muslins. The soft fabric is perfect for being used to comfort and swaddle your little one in the air, as a make-shift bib, or to mop up and on board spillages. Many airlines allow diaper bags, breast pumps and even car seats to be taken on board. It is always best to check with your carrier before you pack as each can have different guidelines. Breast milk and formula can also be exempt from the terms and conditions on liquids, though they must be screened separately. If there is anything in particular that would make you feel more comfortable, it’s always worth giving your airline a quick call before the exciting day comes around. And of course, remember those passports!

Your first trip away with your baby is a special memory that will stay in your heart forever, if you are getting overwhelmed with all the preparation try and relax. Remember consulting your doctor and airline should give you the answers to any questions or concerns so you can enjoy the flight and look forward to a fun-filled holiday.

Happy Travels

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