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To grandmother's house you go

To grandmother's house you go

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: 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...

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.