When you travel overseas with a baby, you may be a little nervous. But if you prepare in advance, your journey could turn out to be an unforgettable experience for you and your little one.
Most aircraft carriers are used to having babies on board and may assist you in every way they can. Every carrier has seats with special baby basins hanging in front of you. Use of these basins is free, but you need to reserve them beforehand. Ask your travel agency or, if you already have booked your flight, contact your carrier and they will assign you a seat with one of the basins, if available.
If you need to catch a connecting flight, limit the waiting time between flights but allow yourself enough time to make it to the next gate. If you are required to wait more than 3 hours, check in at an airport hotel so you and your baby can have a nap and refresh yourself. Some hotels offer rooms that can be booked for a couple of hours, so you do not need to pay full overnight prices if you plan to stay for a few hours.
Strollers and prams
In most cases prams and strollers do not count towards the maximum number of kilograms of luggage that you can take with you. When boarding take your stroller or pram with you to the plane entrance and ask the crew to store it away, as most will fit in the baggage area above your head. Tip: check your pram or stroller in with your baggage and carry your baby in a baby backpack carrier. It is more convenient and safe!
Ensure that you have all the necessary baby food available in your handbag. When travelling with a baby most restrictions that other passengers have to deal with, do not apply. Ensure you contact your carrier before travelling, especially when your baby acquires special liquid food or medications. Most airplanes have microwaves on board, check with your carrier so you do not have to bother bringing boiled water in a thermos. Have a bottle with formula prepared for your baby to suck on during landing and take-off, as this will release the pressure on their ears.
If you are not staying with family, ensure you book your accommodation in advance. In that case, you will know what to pack and avoid the stress of looking for a suitable place to stay. Make sure your accommodation has all the basic needs for your baby for example a high chair, nappy change table and a cot with sheets. Confirm with your accommodation provider through your list of needs or look up the information on their website before you travel.
Ensure your travel insurance policy covers you and your baby. Contact your travel insurance provider to find out if you need additional insurance. Also check for necessary vaccinations, not just for the common diseases such as malaria (if you travel to the tropics), but other more recent epidemics such as the whooping cough or bird flu that may be a risk. Ensure your baby’s vaccination program is up to date.
Preparing yourself and your baby in advance will protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstances. Travelling overseas with your baby should be made simple and easy.