To grandmother's house you go

By Published On: March 5th, 2012
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Visiting relatives is trickier once an infant joins your traveling […]

grandmababytubVisiting 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:
By airplane

  • 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.

By car

  • 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.

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