It is possible to enjoy international travel with a baby. Whether you're taking your baby on holiday, introducing him to family members in another country, moving house for work purposes or travelling for numerous other reasons, the following tips can help to make your family's journey easier and more enjoyable.
1. Be Aware That Your Baby Is Going to Need a Passport Authorities in both Australia and the United States require babies to travel with their own passports. Allow ample time to apply for, and receive, your baby's passport before the date of your scheduled flight. This link takes you to information about the legal requirements in Australia, and this link takes you to information about the requirements in the USA.
2. You'll Want to Bring Your Baby's Car Seat Along for the Trip
Many airlines give you a choice of purchasing a seat on the plane for your baby or not. If you purchase baby's ticket, you're likely to need your car seat to enable your little one to sit in the seat. Some airlines make baby bassinets available, but others require you to bring your own child restraint system.
If you don't buy a ticket for your baby, your little one will sit in your lap for the duration of the flight. However, you'll still need to have your car seat when you arrive at your destination if you plan to take taxis or ride in vehicles of any kind. If you're planning on walking everywhere you want to go once you arrive at your destination, that's the only reason to not bring the car seat.
3. It's Easier Than You Might Think to Bring Your Stroller on an Airplane Many airlines allow you to check a lightweight, folding stroller as baggage on international flights. Some of them don't even charge you for it; there are airlines that check strollers in addition to your other baggage allowance for free.
When you check the rest of your baggage, tell the counter clerk that you want to gate check your stroller. You'll need to tag the stroller with identifying information, and airline staff will take it for you. Depending on the airline and destination, they may have the stroller immediately available and waiting for you when you get off the plane; or you might have to pick it up with the rest of your baggage at the baggage claim.
If you plan ahead, you can fund part or all of your family's international flight using benefits from a travel rewards credit card. There are numerous cards available, and some of them are better than others. If you don't already have a card that will work for this purpose, you'll want to do some research to find the best credit card for travel rewards. You may be able to find a card that allows you to earn rewards while paying for your everyday expenses like groceries.
5. You'll Want to Be Prepared for Discreet Breastfeeding If you're used to nursing your baby in the comfort and privacy of your home, it's all too easy to forget to bring a cover for discreet breastfeeding.
If you plan in advance, a nursing bra and nursing top are smart purchases. This is especially true if you're travelling in the summertime. These garments will allow you ample freedom and will not require your baby to stay underneath a cover that s/he might not like. Many nursing mums are alarmed to discover that their babies simply will not nurse under a cover; they'll kick it off, wail or fuss so much as to make nursing them impossible until the cover is removed. A nursing bra and top combination will allow you to avoid this particular drama.
Attention to these 5 things can help you to be much better prepared for travelling internationally with a baby. We hope these tips will be helpful to your family as you plan your trip.