Worried about traveling for the first time with your new baby or young children? Family trips can feel overwhelming, especially for new parents and NICU parents. Aside from concerns over safety and cost, you may also be wondering how to keep your children from getting upset, which will only add to your stress. Thankfully, keeping your children happy and safe on trips doesn’t have to take a lot of effort or expense. It just takes a little patience and planning, which is where these budget-friendly travel tips could come in handy.
Look for Discounts on Travel Games and Activities
When you want to keep family travel as stress-free as possible, you need to think of ways to keep kids entertained in the car and on planes, but you don’t want to spend a lot of your travel budget on games or entertainment either. That’s why you should check out online deals from big-box stores like Target. Target has everything you need to keep children calm and comfortable on long trips, as well as the prices to keep your travel budget trim. You may even be able to score a Target coupon code or cashback offers on your purchases, which you can put toward stocking up on other travel essentials. Wondering what to bring to help beat boredom for your children? If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download some free and fun apps, movies, or music that will keep children engaged and keep their minds off of travel. Then you can use the promo codes you found online to shop for headphones, so that your children can enjoy their entertainment without disturbing siblings or other passengers.
Plan Ahead for Safety on Planes and on Road Trips
Did you know that car seats are recommended for air travel? While the FAA does not currently require children to be strapped into car seats on airplanes, both the FAA and pediatricians recommend that parents use approved safety seats to better secure infants and young children while on board. That’s because much like traveling in a car, laps do not provide much protection for littles ones in the event of turbulence or any other emergency. If you’re worried about how a new car seat will impact your budget, know that you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a decent child seat. There are plenty of budget-friendly options, and many can be found at major retailers, so you can use the savings on other travel needs, such as short-term auto insurance for car rentals. Your insurance policy will include basic coverage, but you can still add on other coverages if preferred. If this will be your baby’s first trip, you’ll also want to read through a few tips to travel safe and stress-free, such as packing simple travel snacks.
Include Any Special Health or Safety Needs for Newborns
Traveling with children who have special medical needs can be especially challenging for parents. In addition to worrying about the health and safety of your child, you also need to think about how to efficiently transport special medical equipment and how to reduce the stress of travel, for your baby, the rest of your family, and of course, yourself. It may be worth notifying the airline staff of your child’s special needs when checking into your flight, in case fee waivers or seat upgrades may be available to make your trip easier. You can also find other ways to save money on tickets, to make up for any excess baggage fees that your child’s medical equipment may require. Finally, while you may want to avoid traveling during cold and flu season, you should also know how to protect your family during these times.
Traveling with children can be stressful, but a little planning and a lot of patience can save you some stress and maybe even a little money. Above all, show yourself some compassion, especially if you will be traveling with a newborn or a child with special medical needs. Find things that ease your stress without burdening your budget, and find time for self-care, too.
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recommended for air travel - https://www.safewise.com/faq/child-baby-safety/child-seat-airplanes/
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have special medical needs - https://www.babble.com/travel/flying-with-a-child-with-complex-medical-needs/
save money on tickets - https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/how-to-save-money-on-flights
cold and flu season - https://blog.owletcare.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-newborn-healthy-this-winter/
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