by Caitlyn Stace
Do you have a tiny tot and are off for the weekend or visit family on the other coast? What are the things you have to think about now that you have a baby?
A baby means it's time to plan ahead so your travel plans don't come grinding to a halt.
While your baby's behavior might not be predictable, common travel issues are!
Stay ahead of emergencies with these helpful and handy tips!
Before You Leave
Before leaving on your adventure, or trip around the corner, create a "carry-a-long" pack. This could include:
- Creating a list of any medications with dosage and a copy of prescriptions.
- Contact airlines ahead of time for carry-on policies, espeically regarding carseats, food (forumla) and medications.
- Write down any allergies, (food and environmental) to share with family and babysitters.
- Jot down important information like your doctor's phone number, insurance company phone number and insurance identification cards. Confirm with your insurance company about their out of area and out of country emergency/doctor visits.
- Pack a few childproofing items like plug-in covers, tape for cords or whatever you think will prevent little fingers.
- If family or friends offer baby gear, make sure it's safe. If they provide a car seat, check the installation date or ask them to take it to a professional before your arrival. You don't want to have something happen, better safe than sorry.
- Pets: Do the families or places you'll be visiting have pets? Discuss any concerns ahead of time. It's important that your baby isn't allowed allowed near a strange dog (or other animal) without your guided supervision. Believe it or not, it's more common than you think!
On Travel Day
- Pack your own emergency care guide, like Luke and Tara Hermann's "Baby Medbasiscs" or Janet Zand's "Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies."
- Bring your carry-along pack you made (information above).
- Carry a portable first-aid kit and bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Pack extra diapers: Experienced moms suggest a two-day supply (doesn't matter if cloth or disposable).
After You Arrive
- Have your information handy: Write down your emergency numbers, vacation address and the location of the closest hospital.
- Hazard alerts: Your suitcase might be packed with dangers for your tot. Did you bring a razor or cosmetics? Store them on a high shelf out of baby's reach. Store your medications in the room safe. These statements might seem like over-kill but they aren't.
- Look at your surroundings at "baby level": Check the room on your hands and knees for potential dangers. Dangling cords, exposed outlets, inconvenient cabinets are a few. If you bring out your childproofing items that should make it safe.
- How's the water? Is the ocean or a pool nearby? According to the National Safety Council, the number two cause of injury-related death among children is drowning. Take precautions regarding any swimming pool, lake or ocean.
- Protect your baby's sensitive skin. Spend time in shade, reapply sunscreen regularly, use hats and umbrellas and stay hydrated!
- Babysitters: Only hire from trusted services - your baby's safety is paramount! Allow extra time for your baby and sitter to get acquainted.
Good luck with your travels and most importantly, have fun! What are your safety tips you can share?