Travelling around the holidays is stressful. Travelling with a baby around the holidays is double stressful. How does one mitigate travel anxieties and arrive at the in-laws composed and dry (referring to the diaper obv)?
According to Parenting Magazine’s staff Pediatrician Dr. Sears, there are five steps you can take to increase your chances of having a smooth ride for all including:
1. Book the best seat
Book an aisle seat near the front for easy boarding/ de-boarding and for a longer flight book an aisle seat towards the back near the bathroom. If no such luck, kindly inform the flight attendant you are travelling with a newborn and request, if possible, the set be left vacant next to you.
2. Wear your baby
There is a good chance your little one will stay asleep the whole time!
3. Pre- feed
Burp before boarding. The lower atmospheric pressure of the plane can cause air to expand in our intestines, so sucking can lead to belly bloat and pain.
4. Let sleeping babies lie
According to Dr. Sears, when flying a sleeping baby is best. If your baby is not awake for takeoff and landing there is a small risk of pain from unequal eardrum pressures, however families who regularly travel say a sleeping and peaceful baby outweighs this risk.
5. Hose the nose
Prevent those hard and uncomfortable snot crystals caused by the cabin’s dry air by spritzing salt water spray in your baby’s nostrils a couple times during the flight.
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