If you haven’t listened to Ten Tips for Successful Travel with an Infant, please click the play button:
In the short episode, I covered dealing with security, the virtues of the Baby Bjorn, cues and routines for sleep, timing and planning flights, and much more. But, as will happen with lists, I left things out. So, here are a few more tips.
- On international flights the airlines have a bassinet that inserts into the wall, and can hold children up to 25 lbs. Reserve seats in the bulkhead row and ask for the bassinet in advance. Here is a picture of our daughter sleeping in one –
- I mentioned Melatonin as a sleep aid. I linked to 3mg tablets. We also used kids’ chewable grape-flavored tablets – Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Sleep
- I also mentioned Tylenol – as with any drug, consult with your physician. With acetaminophen, follow dosages very carefully.
- For our trip to Tokyo, our friend Lauren lent us a bag that is a backpack for the car seat. The airlines don’t charge you for an extra bag, even if you are checking two others. And, as Lauren recommended, it is great for luggage overflow, such as dirty laundry or all the stuff/gifts you buy at your destination. Here is an example – J.L. Childress Ultimate Backpack Padded Car Seat Travel Bag
- Lauren also gave us a travel crib that fit inside of our larger suitcases. The fewer bags you have to carry, and keep track of, the better. Pack n’ Plays are great for domestic travel (and a lot less expensive), but on your longer trips you’ll appreciate the lightness and compactness of this crib – BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
- I recommended the Baby Bjorn carrier in the episode. Two added advantages are the child faces out (seeing and experiencing the world) and your hands are free (and so are your child’s).