Written by: P&N March 05 2012
Visiting relatives is trickier once an infant joins your traveling party. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org) for getting around safely with a baby:
- During descent, encourage your baby to nurse or suck on a bottle to reduce ear pain.
- Although Federal Aviation Administration rules say children under 2 can be held on an adult’s lap, your baby is safest in a car seat appropriate for her age, height and weight.
- Talk to your pediatrician before traveling within two weeks of an ear infection or ear surgery.
- Always use a rear-facing carseat when traveling with an infant. Most rental car companies can arrange for a car seat if you can’t bring one from home.
- Plan to stop and give yourself and your child a break every two hours or so.
- Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in minutes: Never leave your child alone in a car.
In a hotel
- Check for safety hazards such as exposed wiring or inadequate stairway or balcony railings.
- If you have any doubts about a hotel-provided crib or play yard, ask for a replacement or consider other options.