Travel – Traveling with Children

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We are at the time of year for family vacation planning. Many of my parents ask when they should travel with their children. It is always hard to travel with your kids, but it can be a lot of fun with both good timing and planning.

Newborns are not good travelers, nor are their parents. The first 4-6 weeks after birth should be focused on the mom’s recovery from the pregnancy and delivery. I try to discourage travel prior to 4 months of age. Most of the first time parents do travel because of the excitement and the desire to share that excitement with friends and family.

Some simple tips: Fly if possible but all carry on must be things for the baby. Pay extra to stow your bags. Book direct flights early in the day. Avoid connecting flights if possible. It seems that there are always unexpected delays and missed connections. Always carry on extra clothes and twice as many diapers as you may anticipate. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen prior to travel may make discomfort due to air pressure a little more bearable. If you must travel by car consider renting a newer model car. Take an umbrella not just for rain but to avoid sun exposure if you are forced to stop for assistance. Always have water and food for the baby. Mix formula as you need it to avoid prolonged heat exposure to prepared formula. It will go bad and may make your infant ill.

traveling with children website from the CDC

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