Next week, I'm taking Evan on vacation with me. This will be his first time away from home for an extended period of time; we'll be gone for a week.
Anyone have any tips for me on how to make this go as smoothly as possible? We'll be staying in hotels and with relatives, and most likely eating in family-friendly dining establishments. I checked BabyCenter for travel tips, but they weren't all that helpful. Any experienced voices out there?
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Is Evan eating solids yet? If so, this is the one time my spouse reccommends baby food in a jar. Food in jars will remain sterile at ambient temperatures until the lid seal is broken. They don't need to be refridgerated.
If he is still being nursed, that is not a problem. However, I can remember a train journey to and from Montreal where my son kept thowing off the modesty towel my wife was using when he was nursing.
When you are making hotel reservations, ask for a crib. Most hotels are very willing to oblige.
This is also a good time for disposable diapers. You don't want to be carting soiled ones with you.
As far as clothing is concerned, bring with you as many changes as you would normally make for each day of your trip.
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If you're flying, make sure you tell the airlines ahead of time. Many times, especially European lines, the lines will move you to bulkhead (or first class, if available) seating b/c there is more room for you and your baby. Lots of european and american lines have portable baby cradles that buckle onto the seat in front of you and are quite convenient for the flight.
Make sure that your child's ears don't hurt during the flight, esp since babies really have no way of telling you other than crying. I'm sure your pediatrician can recommend a light decongestant for the flight. I started flying to Italy when I was 2mo. old (dad was doing medical residency in italy, mom in new york) and my pediatrician had me take decongestants and on one rare occasion, something that made me sleepy for the flight.
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