Summer in Chicago is my favorite time of year, but for those of you planning travel in the upcoming months, here are a few travel tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Avoid feeling rushed by giving yourself plenty of time to get through airport security. Moms traveling with breast milk or formula should notify a TSA official that they are carrying on liquids greater than 3.4 oz so it can be tested separately, if necessary
- Pack snacks and toys to keep your child occupied during the flight
- Small babies can benefit from feeding at take off and landing to help with ear pressure pain from the change in elevation. Older children can receive the same benefit from drinking through a straw, or chewing gum.
- Arrange a car safety seat at your destination or bring your own. Children should be safely restrained while in a car on vacation as they would be when traveling locally. Most car rentals offer this as an option.
With all that in mind, don’t forget to have fun and take lots of pictures; they only stay this young for so long!