Traveling With a Newborn Baby: At a Restaurant or Hotel
Are you planning on traveling with your newborn? Here are some tips to follow if you are going to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant or staying in a hotel.
Note: Keep in mind that the doctor may recommend that your baby avoids crowds if he is younger than three months old. This is because a newborn’s immune system is not fully developed yet, so he is more susceptible to colds and other infections. Before you plan your baby’s first trip, it is a good idea to talk to the doctor to be sure that it is safe.
If you are planning to go into a restaurant with your baby:
- Pack supplies to change your baby’s diaper. Also pack feeding supplies and a change of clothes. You may want to bring a small blanket in case it is chilly inside.
- Try to feed your baby before you go to the restaurant.
- Bring toys and a pacifier.
- Ask the hostess to seat you by the window. This will give your baby a chance to look outside. But be sure that the sun is not shining directly on his face.
- Look for a table that has room for the stroller. If your baby is sleeping peacefully, you will want room to keep the stroller beside you. If you have a stroller where the car seat or bassinet can be removed, you may want to sit on a bench-style seat. This will allow you to place your baby beside you. Make sure the bench is wide enough and safe before placing your baby there.
- If you and your dining companions are ordering hot liquids, be sure to keep these away from your baby. Be careful not to spill anything on your baby. You will also want to make sure that your baby’s stroller is not in the waiters' way, so that they will not bump into the stroller and accidentally drop something on your baby.
- If your baby begins to cry, hold him and walk around.
Last reviewedJuly 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.