Travel buffs will go places no matter what. They will book a flight and head to unchartered places, baby or no baby in tow. Naturally, traveling with a baby turns into an adventure itself, and sometimes it resembles a thriller movie more than it does a feel-good family flick.
Thankfully, people who understand parents (who are very likely to be moms and dads too) thought of creating traveling tools that are specifically designed to make it easy for moms and dads to bring their baby during their trips. Statistics have shown that the use of the following tools have contributed to the decrease of stress caused by unnecessary arguments between Mommy and Daddy.
- Pacifier. Because obviously. It reduces the need for earplugs and the mad stares from other passengers in the plane. Whether you’re taking a short Seair flight to Caticlan or a four-hour Philippine Airlines flight to Singapore, you should board the plane prepared with this weapon that stops annoying noises from your child.
- His favorite blankie. You need to make him feel that although he is traveling, he can still be comfortable just like when he is at home. Don’t you ever dare forget to bring the blanket that helps him sleep, or you’d experience the wrath of a screaming infant.
- A stroller. Gosh, would you want to carry a tired kid from walking all over town? Bringing a stroller is much easier and nicer than having to deal with a dead tired kid who would want nothing to do with the art museum because “I’m tired!!” Choose one that is lightweight yet durable, and has provisions for sun and rain protection.
- Baby carrier. A seemingly simple piece of cloth can go a long way (read: fewer tantrums, two free hands and zero back pains). Plus it’s virtually weightless!
- iPad. Or any gadget that can act as a distraction/pacifier/nanny. Let disapproving people stare at you and your “lack of parenting skills”. As long as your kid is behaved while you sip coffee in an Italian café, then you don’t have to worry so much. Only you would understand the peace and serenity of being beside a quiet baby whose only body parts moving are his fingers.
- A first aid kit. Make sure you know the climate and the temperature of the place you’d be visiting with your kid. If you’re heading to a place where it’s hot, prepare a kit that contains talcum powder and sunscreen. On the other hand, if you’re going to a place where it is biting cold, bring soothing balm and hypoallergenic moisturizer to keep your kid warm and comfortable. Of course, it goes without saying that you should bring a stash of his vitamins and medicines in case he catches a cold.