Tips for travelling with an infant

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Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements. An infant is the very young offspring of a human or other animal. When applied to humans, the term is usually considered synonymous with baby or bairn, but the latter is commonly applied to the young of any animal. When a human child learns to walk, the term toddler may be used instead.

The term infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 1 year of age, or even between birth and 2 years of age. A newborn is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In medical contexts, newborn or neonate refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; the term applies to premature infants, postmature infants, and full term infants. Before birth, the term fetus is used. In the UK, infant is a term that can be applied to school children aged between four and seven. As a legal terminology, “infancy” continues from birth until age 18.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

-Saint Augustine

Authorities emphasize the importance of taking precautions to ensure travel safety. When traveling abroad, the odds favor a safe and incident-free trip, however, travelers can be subject to difficulties, crime and violence.

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Some safety considerations include being aware of one’s surroundings,  avoiding being the target of a crime,  leaving copies of one’s passport and itinerary information with trusted people, obtaining medical insurance valid in the country being visited and registering with one’s national embassy when arriving in a foreign country. Many countries do not recognize drivers’ licenses from other countries; however most countries accept international driving permits. Automobile insurance policies issued in one’s own country are often invalid in foreign countries, and it is often a requirement to obtain temporary auto insurance valid in the country being visited. It is also advisable to become oriented with the driving rules and regulations of destination countries. Wearing a seat belt is highly advisable for safety reasons; many countries have penalties for violating seat belt laws.

baby-careerTraveling with your toddler is like traveling with lot of care: If you are prepared ahead of time, you and your child will be better suited for a successful travel experience.

Here are 10 Tips for Traveling With a Baby or Toddler:

1. If you’re traveling by plane, book a seat that has a bassinet connection, and a separate seat for your older child, if needed.

2. Be prepared with snacks and fluids. Be sure to pack nonperishable foods. Keep baby hydrated because airplanes are drying.

3. Bring lots of extra clothing and diapers. If traveling by plane, dress your baby or toddler in layers that can be taken off if your child gets too hot, or layered back on if your child gets too cold.

4. Bring favorite items that your child associates with sleep. Bring his favorite toy, favorite blanket, and favorite pillow, so he is both comfortable and cozy.

4. Bring favorite items that your child associates with sleep. Bring his favorite toy, favorite blanket, and favorite pillow, so he is both comfortable and cozy.

5. Try not to take trips that are longer than 6 hours. Children are little people and if they are sitting in a particular spot for long periods of time, it’s unhealthy.

6. Consider scheduling trips around your child’s sleep time. Your child can get into his jammies as soon as he gets onboard a plane or into a car, and, fingers crossed, go right to sleep.

7. Always sit right next to your baby. You are his comfort zone, you are HOME to him… mom and dad are everything. So if you’re driving in a car, have one parent drive while the other parent sits in the backseat with your child.

8. When driving, keep your child interested with music and games. Sing songs, tell stories, make up rhymes, and play games, the catch is to keep him interested.

9. Pack fully-charged technology — and don’t forget portable chargers. Prepare ahead of time and make sure that your tablet and phone are fully charged.

10. Pack fun items that have to do with the countries or states you are visiting.

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