There is no denying that planning your first family holiday can be daunting. Below are a few things you may wish to consider when travelling with baby.
The number one rule when travelling with your baby is organisation, organisation, organisation. After that – well, read on!
When can my baby travel?
For every baby it will vary depending on their individual needs, it is always best to seek advice from your health care professional. This can be something you discuss at your 2 week postnatal check-up.
All children under the age of 15 must have their own passport.
All children under the age of 15 must have their own passport. It is no longer acceptable for children to be included on their parent’s passport. Application forms are available from your local post office or for further information visit www.dfa.ie or LoCall 1890 426 888.
- Plan ahead – put together a checklist of baby equipment
- Have all travel and insurance documentation in order
- Try to board early so baby can settle
- Pack extra supplies in hand luggage case
How can I feed my baby when travelling?
If you are breastfeeding your baby, ensuring you have all the correct feeding equipment is not an issue. Wearing loose fitting clothes will help breastfeeding on a flight more comfortable. If bottle-feeding, consider picking up some ready to feed bottles of your baby’s usual milk – these may be more convenient. These 200ml bottles don’t need to be kept in the fridge before they are opened – they just need to be poured into a sterile feeding bottle. It’s always worth taking a little more than you need in case your journey takes longer than expected.
If your baby is on solids already – don’t forget to bring some small meals or snacks in a cooler bag for the journey.
Feeding your baby abroad
When abroad if you need to use water for your baby it is important to use cooled, boiled, bottled water. Make sure the label states it is suitable for infants and contains less than 20mg of sodium per litre.
If you have access to a microwave, consider using microwave sterilizer bags, which are reusable up to 20 times. Disposable sterilizer bags are available in all leading stores and take up little space in your luggage.
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