If you are going to travel without your child, a written consent to allow a doctor to perform any necessary medical or surgical treatment should be left with the person caring for the child. Avoid extensive traveling with an infant under the age of 3 months. If you must travel with your infant, approximately 10 days to 2 weeks before the trip:
Take your infant for a medical checkup, including any injections that your pediatrician recommends. (But no measles vaccine or smallpox vaccination, which cause a reaction 6-12 days after injection.)
Introduce any new foods.
Have the infant sleep in a special traveling bed to get accustomed to it.
Have the infant or any child traveling with you get used to a washable plastic toy. Leave the large furry animals home.
Clothing -- The child's clothing should be light, soft, loose, easily washable and preferably the drip-dry type. Use disposable diapers.
Schedule -- Write out your child's daily schedule and list the items used. Do this 10 days to 2 weeks before the trip is planned. Each day, as you perform the schedule, add other necessary things to the list. Examples:
A waterproof bag for soiled clothes.
Plenty of cleansing tissues, foil-packaged face and hand cleaners, and disposable wipes for your baby in diapers.
For small children, a small portable toilet seat.
A plastic table cloth to protect the bed from being soiled and to cover the carpet if the infant is fed in a hotel room.
Several large bibs.
Straws and plastic spoons.
Most important--the necessary openers for the cans of food or formula.
Formulas and feedings -- Buy distilled sterile water in half-gallon bottles from the druggist. Buy "ready-to-use" formula in cans or disposable bottles, which contain the milk, sugar, and water already mixed. If you are preparing the formula yourself, pour the water and the approximate amount of sugar into the bottles and sterilize them by the terminal method before leaving, then add the evaporated milk from the can when the baby needs a bottle. If you are planning to go by train or airline, find out about the conveniences they offer for the baby. Disposable bottles are very useful. Choose foods your infant or child likes best, and throw away any used food. Expect your child to eat less on a trip.
Avoid weekend auto travel and traffic jams, particularly in the summertime. Start early and plan mid-morning, noon, and mid-afternoon stops, with a final stop before 4 p.m.
If there are any toddlers on the trip, pad all the door handles and use proper automobile restraining devices and padded car seats.
MOTION SICKNESS DO NOT USE ANY MEDICATION ON INFANTS UNDER ONE YEAR. Ask your physician about simple medicine for your child's motion sickness.
Driving and flying at night will reduce visual stimulation to an infant.
Have the child sit in a reclining position and occupy a seat toward the center of gravity.
Don't let the child read during the journey.
Closed eyes or colored glasses may help.
Be sure there is adequate ventilation.
Stop and let the child walk at frequent intervals if possible.
Give the child a light meal before the journey and sips of water during the trip.
Do not mention before or during the trip past episodes of motion sickness.