Dealing with a newborn on the road is no picnic, but if you can get into a healthy routine, it’s manageable. Following we’ll briefly explore three key considerations you should take into account as you hit the road with your baby.
1. Plan Your Trip in Advance
Where are you going, and how long will it take to get there? You’ll need to look at digital online maps (or physical ones if that’s more your preference) to determine the length of your trip. You’ll want to be ready to hit the road at the right time. With a baby, that’s rather difficult. What makes sense is doing your prep work in the days leading up to the actual trip.
You’ll need your luggage, a baby bag, a budget for travel costs, snacks, and means of navigating safely. You’ll want those who you’re going to meet to know you’re coming; even if you’re just headed to a hotel. You’ll also want emergency cash so, in the worst-case scenario, you can make it back home should things not go as planned.
2. Know Pros for Lactation Issues
Your body won’t always cooperate with you. Travel changes physical functionality owing to associated psychological factors. Think about it, have you ever found yourself with no appetite after you experience something particularly sad? Women may give birth prematurely if they’re stressed out enough by external factors.
Well, if you’ve had the child, you don’t have to worry about spontaneous birth; but your emotional state does have the possibility of impacting lactation. Or, you might just get a clogged breast milk duct on the road while traveling—the link has options to help with that.
Whatever the case, you want to have help available should your body decide not to “play ball”, as it were. Breast pumps, lanolin for sore paps, and lactation pros represent a good threefold support network for breastfeeding issues while on the road.
3. Don’t Travel Alone, Assure Your Car is in Good Working Order
If you’re alone and something happens, not only are you in danger, so is your baby. If you’re a new mom, you should avoid traveling alone whenever possible. You can’t always do that, but when you can, you should. Hopefully, your spouse is always available. Traveling should be in a group until your child is weaned and potty-trained, if possible.
Also, check on your car. Are the tires in good shape? How’s the tread? Has the oil been changed? Is the windshield cracked? Does the A/C work? Keep your vehicle functional in the little things, and should a big issues develop, it won’t derail your trip.
Traveling as Safely as You Can
Travel is expensive and can be dangerous. As a new mom, you definitely should plan things out in advance. Don’t travel alone, assure the car is in good working order, know pros for lactation issues, and plan your trip in advance. Such moves should help you have a fine trip as a new mother.