If you're like many parents, you might not want to get out and actually go anywhere right after your new baby is born. The occasional trip to the park or to a local shop is fine, but she needs a lot of attention right after birth, and travelling long distances can feel a bit overwhelming.

It doesn't have to be, though. If you do want to travel with your new baby, here is a bit of advice that can help you do it in a stress-free way.


When can my Baby Travel?


Babies can begin to travel soon after they are born. If you're travelling by plane, most airlines ask you to wait until your baby is at least two days old. After that, you can travel whenever you feel like it's a good idea. Newborns tend to actually make great travel companions is they feel secure, cuddled, and are fed on a regular basis. The activity and movement of travel can help them sleep as well.


With newborns, the choice of travelling will often depend on how comfortable you are with the situation. Do you feel like you're running around constantly trying to change and feed your baby? If you don't feel as if you have a moment to spare between these tasks, it might be a good idea to wait a few weeks until you feel more comfortable and settled into the life of a parent.


At three months old, both you and your new baby will be much more ready to take on a holiday. At this point, your baby will be less fragile, but she will still be at a stage where she doesn't mind where she sleeps. She can sleep just as well at a cot in a hotel room as she does in her cot at home. Once the new baby becomes mobile, around seven months, travel can become a little harder because she has developed a routine she is used to.


Transporting Your Baby


When you're buying for baby, the right travel gear is essential. This gear can make for a smoother, stress-free journey and make it easier for you and your new baby to explore your destination together.


If you're flying, consider using a sling or wrap baby carrier. With your little one held snugly against your chest, she will feel much safer and more relaxed. Baby slings and wraps also make things easier for you. With your hands free, you can easily hold the baby’s changing bag, find money necessary for food, and hold your passport’.

  • If you're travelling by car, invest in a travel system when buying for baby. This kind of system can include a pushchair, a car seat, and even a hidden carrycot, all of which will make it easy for you to move your new baby from the pushchair to the car and back without disturbing her sleep. Make sure to choose a model that is suitable for newborns.


  • When travelling by plane, keep in mind that most airlines will only allow your new baby to ride in the pushchair as far as the aircraft door. After this, the pushchair must be put in the hold. Always remember to get a luggage tag for the pushchair when you're checking in so it's waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.


Other Travel Baby Advice


  • If you won't be brining a carrycot with you, ask to see if the hotel provides cots when you make your reservation. Don't wait until you get there to find out there is not cot available.


  • Carrycots that are part of pushchair travel systems work well for overnight sleeping. To settle your baby down in a new destination, though, it may be best to pack the baby's cover and sheet to use on the carrycot so the place they sleep smells familiar.


  • If your baby is used to waking up as soon as the sun rises, consider packing blackout curtains for the hotel room. Not all rooms will come equipped with thick curtains.


  • If you're travelling by plane, make sure your baby is drinking enough. It's very easy for them to become dehydrated. In addition, feeding during take-off and landing can help ease earaches they may have.


Considering a trip with your baby? It doesn't have to be stressful when you have the right baby advice and the right tools to help you.