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My husband and I are planning to take our baby by plane to visit family. I’m quite nervous about the trip! Do you have any tips for traveling with an infant?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I enjoy traveling with my family, and here are a few tips I found to be invaluable during my babies’ first years (from my blog www.waterwinetravel.com). 

Always have a change of clothing (including undies) for yourself and your kids in your carry on bag. I have been through unexpected bouts of diarrhea and vomiting both on car trips and in the air.

The lips and skin can get dry, so keep some lip balm and lotion (no more than 3 ounces) in your carry-on bag.

Hotels can make for close quarters for families. We usually rent a home when we travel.  The benefits include spacious quarters for two or more families, a full kitchen (which decreases our meal costs), laundry room, and often a pool and/or hot tub.

 Consider renting your car seats, pack-n-play, and strollers at your destination.  This is a popular service in many resort areas that cater to families.   In addition, some hotels and vacation homes can provide these services. 

Ann V. Arthur, MD, a mom of a nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, a pediatric ophthalmologist in private practice at Park Slope Eye Care Associates in New York City, and a blogger at www.waterwinetravel.com

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.