IntroductionGoing on a vacation or a holiday with loved ones is always amazing. If you have a baby, sometimes, traveling becomes difficult as babies usually get cranky. You try your best to divert your little one's mood and cheer him up but nothing works. After all, babies are babies and they act like everything is planned. They throw tantrums for wrong reasons at wrong times. When my daughter was 7 months old she hardly went to my husband and wanted me to carry her all the time. But, suddenly to my surprise, when we traveled in the car for the first time while my husband was driving, she badly wanted to go to my husband and started being very fussy. Thank god, I was prepared well in advance to handle her and prior preparations and other tips from my friends helped me a lot.
Things to be taken care off before travelingBefore you start traveling, certain things should be taken care off so that journey becomes a little easier.
Baby is very cranky and does not stop crying.
Even after prior preparations, babies do start showing their tantrums while traveling. Babies always want to be free and not seated on one side. They get bored very soon and that's when they start getting cranky. Follow some simple tips given below to console your child.
ConclusionIf you have decided for a trip and a location, then get ready with tips mentioned above and start the preparations. You definitely will enjoy your trip and the journey if you know how to handle the baby.
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The article has described various reasons for a kid to become cranky while traveling. The various points to take care to avoid that is also mentioned. The children's behavior will be unpredictable and sometimes why they behave in an odd way can't be assessed. As such we should get prepared to face such situations and see that she will become normal. Some kids feel uneasy while traveling if they are exposed to AC. If the kid is averse to AC, we should switch off the AC and keep the window glasses half open so that good ventilation will be there. They may also not like sitting continuously in one place so we should try to transfer them from one place to another and see that they will not feel bored. The dress style is another factor which creates problems sometimes. That aspect is also to be taken care of.
Handling a child is not that easy task even in daily life at the home. While traveling, the behavior of a child becomes more challenging because the kid is confined to sit in the limited space and not allowed to get down and thus feel suffocated or confined. Normally, a growing child needs open space, lots of running around, screaming and shouting and wants to play with everyone and everywhere. And when you are traveling on the train for a long journey, the child must be allowed to mingle with the fellow passengers so that he won't get bored. Some children may like to sit at the window and watch outdoors while the train is moving. But all the children may not like the sounds from the tracks and may want to get down. Likewise while traveling by car, the child would start crying to get down and play. So keep the child engaged and keep on talking and playing with him/ her. Never keep a child isolated and so that he doesn't get bored or cranky.
Anyone like me, who has travelled with an infant or a toddler would have memories flashing by as they read this article. A baby is the most adorable being in the family, yet this little one can turn the family holiday upside down if it starts to cry persistently.
Car seats are the next best thing to a rocking cradle for babies. There are a lot of brands available, generally, people choose a rear-facing car seat for kids as it is safer at least until they are two years old.
There are plenty of small toys. music chimes that can be hooked to an arch in front of the baby. This we found very useful for our son.
There are plenty of books while travelling choose books with pop up figures, buttons to press, sounds to be heard, these interactive books are liked by little ones.
The day before you start the trip, ensure that the baby's food is homemade and avoid foodstuffs that cause flatulence to babies, this, in turn, can cause colics that babies don't like (beans, cauliflower, oatmeal, broccoli etc).
Presently babies like watching cartoons on mobiles or tabs. Load the baby's favourite videos, songs and rhymes, then ensure that it's adequately charged.
Parents, love to dress up their infants at little more than required. Choose light cotton loose dresses that accommodate the big nappy that the baby has to wear. Avoid brand new clothes, these sometimes can cause rashes
Planning breaks becomes important on road travel, this eases the tension in the car between adults when kids are cranky. Pull into a layby or a highway snack/food zone, take the kids out, give them something light, while you have a cup of coffee or tea to stay alert.
Food on the move should be what the baby or toddler likes, the last thing we should do is give them something new that they instantly refuse. Don't give the child as its toys, keep rotating them so that he/she does not lose interest.
Be alert and bear in the mind the common reason for cranky babies and kids. A loaded stomach, unable to burp, a wet nappy (urine/stools can irritate the delicate skin if left for long hours), hunger. Some simple ailments like a stuffy nose, a low-grade fever, intestinal colic etc make the little ones cranky.
Keep simple basic medicines including ' colic-ease' ones like gripe water, a nappy rash cream, paracetamol syrup etc handy. If the baby is bottle fed, buy good anti-colic bottles with the nipple sucker that prevents the baby swallowing too much of air.
Lastly, at times desperate parents use cough syrups bought over the counter to keep the children or toddlers calm as some syrups can induce drowsiness, please avoid such medications that can be potentially harmful to the small children.