We may not be able to travel overseas right now, but there are still some amazing travel destinations around Australia to take the family. But what if one of those family members is teething? We have pulled together a handy checklist of what to bring when travelling with a teething baby for their (and your) wellbeing.
5 ESSENTIALS FOR TRAVELLING WITH A TEETHING BABY
Is this your first trip away as a new family and are totally lost on what to pack? The first time can always be daunting - especially when the holiday draws closer and you start to notice some of the tell tale signs that your baby has started to teeth.
A baby who has started to teethe will be difficult to manage on holiday, there is no sugar coating it unfortunately. But travelling as a family unit for the first time can also be a rewarding and joyous experience and it comes in handy to always be prepared. So what are the essentials you need to make both your and bubs life much easier when travelling?
1. Chew and Teething Toys
A teething baby is usually in some amount of pain whilst the teething break the surface and this combined with carting them in and our of cars or planes can only lead to more restlessness and aggravation. This being said, you will be hard pressed to find a baby who sleeps peacefully throughout a journey, so you may as well keep them entertained whilst trying to help alleviate the pain of teething. This is the perfect time to give them a chew toy - it will provide something they can bite and grab whilst also acting as a much needed distraction.
2. Cool Treats
If possible, be sure to pack all of your babies favourite cool treats to keep sore gums nice and cool. Things like chilled cucumbers (remember to either keep it large and whole or cutting into long wide strips to avoid choking) or frozen fruits and yoghurt. Always remember to pack a bib and a wipe as things are bound to get messy.
3. Amber Necklaces
Some people might raise an eyebrow at this one, but the fact remains that Amber necklaces actually help in providing pain relief for teething babies. How this works is that, when worn, the heat from the babies body helps release the succinic acid from the amber beads which is then absorbed into the skin, working as an analgesic.
4. Teething Necklaces
Travelling can require a lot of waiting around, that goes for optional down time. Teething necklaces are worn by mum and are very fashion forward and come with some great benefits too. The silicone beads in these necklaces are a great chewing and grabbing opportunity for your baby and act as a sensory tool whilst breastfeeding, cuddling or playing.
bambino bling has a large range of stylish and colour nursing necklaces to suit everyone. Read our blog here on what to know before buying silicone teething jewellery.
5. Balms and Ointments
Before you head off onto your holiday, take a trip to the pharmacy to pick up some specialised teething balms and ointments to store in your bag for when it's needed. They will be able to give you sounds advice on which will work best for you and your baby and can be a lifesaver for that extra pain relief for sore gums.
Travelling with a teething baby
Just be reminded that travelling with a teething baby is not always going to be a fun experience for everyone involved, be patient and keep the above list on hand to provide some pain relief and distraction and you'll be taking those holiday snaps in no time.