Traveling with your newborn can be stressful. But there are steps you can take so that you and your newborn have a safe and happy trip.
Note: Keep in mind that the doctor may recommend that your baby avoids crowds if he or she is younger than three months old. This is because a newborn’s immune system is not fully developed yet, so colds and other infections are more likely to occur. Before you plan your baby’s first trip, it is a good idea to talk to the doctor to be sure that it is safe.
When traveling in the car with your baby, your trip will go a lot smoother if you pack all of the supplies you will need. While some of the items may vary depending on the weather and the length of the trip, here are some supplies that you will want to add to your travel bag:
Here are some tips for a safe trip:
Just like a car trip, train travel requires time to prepare. You will want to be sure that you have all of the supplies that you need in your carry-on bag. Here are some other tips to keep in mind:
As you get more adapted to traveling with your baby, trips will go more smoothly. The most important point to remember is to be prepared by packing the supplies that you will need to take care of your little one.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Kids Health—Nemours Foundation
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
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Travel safety tips. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/travelsafetytips.cfm. Updated June 2013. Accessed May 8, 2014.
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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