Myths about Travelling with Kids
Updated: Feb 27
Travel is our ultimate passion. I remembered how people labelled me as "irresponsible" mother to have travelled on flights to multiple destinations back-to-back during my second trimester. It was surely tiring but I didn't regret a little. We made travel our lifestyle. "A change in cabin pressure will trigger ear pain!" "Your baby will be exhausted to travel long hours in a flight." Well, I couldn't deny there're certain scientific theories supporting these statements people have been throwing us with, but most studies have also shown that it's generally safe for babies to travel on board. Our baby isn't that fragile. He's part of our family, and so he shares our lifestyle.
Let's explore more myths about travelling with kids (and young babies) and bust these myths!
Myth 1: Kids /Babies Will Suffer From Ear Pain Throughout The Flight
Before we're too quick to judge young parents who take their newborn onto flights, we need to remind ourselves that air travel is appropriate for most infants. Changing cabin pressure during a flight causes temporary changes in middle ear pressure, which can trigger ear pain. However, this condition is temporary and rectifiable.
To help equalize the pressure in your baby's ears, offer your baby a breast, bottle or pacifier to suck on during takeoff and the initial descent. It might help to try to time your baby's feedings so that he or she is hungry during these times.
Myth 2: Kids Require Extra Luggage
Families have a tendency to pack everything kids use at home. Bringing familiar items will keep your routines consistent and you’ll be sure to have everything you need. However, there's really no need to take every last baby item with you when you travel. Many hotels provide essentials like strollers, baby bottles and toys. Call ahead to find out what they offer so you don’t over pack. Furthermore, most places you would take your kids will probably have the essentials you need to care for them, so don't scratch your head trying to get everything packed in the bag!
Myth 3: Kids Don't Remember
I sometimes do question myself or being affected by the negative remarks given by some random acquaintances, especially when they simply think "kids don't remember" - they don't remember where have they been to, what have they done, etc. That's absolutely not true. Child psychologists have discovered that children who have experienced travel are more comfortable in accepting people different from themselves compared to children who’ve never left home ground. Set aside these discoveries, if travelling isn't about spending time with your loved ones, exploring the known and unknown, then what is?
Myth 4: Kids Get Bored
Actually, the smaller the child, the less likely he gets bored. Little ones are easily entertained by simple activities like pushing a button over and over again or looking out the window at shifting scenery. In fact, the threat of boredom is more pronounced in older kids like teenagers.
“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.” - Og Mandino
Travelling with a baby means it will never be the same carefree trip like those days anymore. However, the smiles they put on their little faces make every effort worth.