Baby Care

10 Dos And Don’ts For Travelling With A Baby Over Christmas

A lot of people travel during Christmas, Christmas is a time to share and a time to love, and it’s best celebrated with family and friends.

Little wonder people travel during this time. Travelling is no trouble, but if you have little children and a baby, it can become more than a problem but a disaster. It can be stressful and a bit complicated.

Notwithstanding, that shouldn’t stop you from travelling, you can’t stay at home until your little one is old enough to come out. These do’s and don’ts guide will help you plan for the journey so you don’t make a disaster of it.

1. Do bring a travel cot

I’m sure this will be a lot of loads and you may be thinking “shey na one year we wan use for there?” If  it won’t be too much trouble or you are driving your car, you should carry a travel cot which your baby can sleep in at night and play in during Christmas lunch.

2. Don’t forget their favourite toy

Your child will be crying and fussing and if you have the toy you can use it to pacify them. So don’t forget to bring Pinky with you when travelling.

3. Do bring a sling

If you’re going by bus or aeroplane, take a sling along so that you can carry your baby, another way to do it is to back your baby(they might be feeling heat and want you to hold them, though, for me, I prefer a sling for this).

4. Don’t leave it to the last minute

If you leave your packing to the last minute or the night before, your travelling will be stressful and you’ll end up forgetting some things. Immediately you know you are travelling, start putting things into your travelling bag as you remember them, so you don’t have to stay up the night before, packing and sorting things.

5. Do bring a blanket from home

Thinking of the load you will carry may have you dropping the blankets at home, having it in mind that you will get one where you’re going to. However, the familiar scent of your blanket will be comforting to your baby in the new environment you are going.

6. Don’t forget the gifts

If you usually have gifts for your children during Christmas, this one should be no exception. Pack the gifts and put them underneath the bag, away from where your child will see them. Then out the other things you’ll be needing at the venue on the gifts.

7. Do schedule in stop-over

If your destination is far and you aren’t taking a flight, then I’ll advise you don’t attempt to cover the journey in a day if not you will arrive at your journey exhausted, irritated and hungry (your children won’t like it one bit). Consider stopping over at a hotel for the night and continue your journey in the morning and if you’re going in a commercial bus, your bus will surely stop over for food and drinks, think of what you’ll buy to last you the journey.

8. Don’t forget to eat 

When you are stressed out and taking care of a baby and a toddler, you might be so overwhelmed that you’ll forget to eat. But this is the time you need your energy the most, you are breastfeeding and you are stressed. Pack some drinks and food, banana, and even chocolates for yourself to boost your energy.

9. Do have a bag packed with essentials near you

Your other luggage should normally be in the booth of the car, but let the bag which contains your baby things and some things you’ll be needing for the journey be beside you. The last thing you want to do is tell the driver is “Abeg park, I want to pick something…” If it were a commercial bus, be sure that the other passengers will be ready to eat you raw and some will call you names

And even if it were your own car, it’s convenient and it saves time to have the things you’ll be needing on the journey near you. These include extra nappy, a change of cloth, toys, snacks, books, wipes, water bottle, and every other thing you think you might be needing during the journey.

10. Don’t expect it to be hitch-free

If your expectations are that your journey will be very smooth, think again! Who are you kidding now? Your child will want to poo-poo and you won’t have any choice than to stop the car or bus, they’ll throw tantrums, or even get sick and they will cry(not trying to scare you heh heh, just preparing you). Don’t be dismayed f this happens and be like “This is the last time you’ll go out with me” Because we both know that’s a lie.

I’m sure you might already know these things, for those who already do, this is a reminder, for those who don’t, this is your chance to do. I’m sure you can handle it, do have a safe trip during this season! Good luck!

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8 Symptoms That Show When Baby Starts Teething

When it comes to teething, babies start at different ages and to be able to better cope with everything that comes with teething, it’s important that parents familiarize themselves with baby teething symptoms so it can be easier on them.

And here are the 8 symptoms of teething in babies;

1. Excessive drooling

Excessive drooling is one of the first symptoms of teething, the incoming teeth will stimulate the gum, then the water will pour. A lot of towels and bibs will come handy. Diarrhea and loose stools may follow excessive drooling.

2. Baby starts biting

Babies will bite anything they can put their mouth on, this is because of the pressure on their gum. Toys, teethers, and even their mother’s nipple is not exempted.

3. Baby cries in pain

Inflamed gum can make teething painful which will cause babies to be uncomfortable. Your baby might cry in pain and be extra fussy, just bear with them.

4. Bleeding gum

Their gum might bleed, this is called hematoma. The bleeding takes place under the gum. Watch out for a bluish lump on your baby’s gum, although it’s no cause for alarm.

5. Refusing food

Some babies are more sensitive than others in the way they feel and respond to pain, they might even refuse to eat. Feeding will be quite difficult for them when teething. Do not stop forcing food on their throat though.

6. Fever 

Fever is also another common symptom of teething, but it’s low-grade fever which is no cause for alarm or worrying. But if it lasts more than 3 days and it’s high, consult your doctor.

7. Diarrhoea 

Babies sometimes suffer diarrhea when teething, this may or may not be as a result of the large amount of drool they swallow but if it’s extreme, consult your doctor immediately to rule out other possibilities.

8. Cheek rubbing 

Your baby might rub her cheek from time to time, this is because often times, the pain from teeth may radiate to the cheeks thus her to rub the cheek and soothe the pain. Although, this might also be a symptom of an ear infection so watch out.

Finally, you can conduct a test if you suspect that your child is teething, wash your fingers, then with one clean finger rub your baby’s gum, if a tooth is on it’s way, you’ll feel it. Meanwhile, rashes, sleeplessness, and coughing are other symptoms of teething. If any of these symptoms are in the extreme, check with your doctor.

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