Where Should Baby Sleep When You Travel?
Traveling with little ones can be hard. Not only do you have to worry about bringing along all kinds of baby gear and making sure your little one stays happy and satisfied in the car or on the plane, you also have to think about where your baby will be able to sleep safely when you arrive at your destination. Whether you’re headed across the country or just down the road to grandma’s house, the safe sleep considerations you should be making for your baby remain the same.
When you travel you should do your best to replicate the same safe sleep guidelines you follow at home. Your baby should sleep alone, on their back, and on a firm mattress with nothing (including pillows or stuffed animals) surrounding them. If possible, you should bring along the safe sleep environment (like the bassinet or pack-n-play) that you use at home and that you know your baby is safe in.
Many parents choose to co-sleep at home and, while co-sleeping may have many benefits, it can come with extra risks when you’re traveling. Most co-sleeping parents follow strict safety guidelines when they’re at home. Parents who co-sleep safety make sure that no one but baby and their parents are in the bed, that they’re using a firm mattress and that no pillows, blankets, or other suffocation hazards are present in the bed. They also make sure that no one in bed with baby has been drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. When you’re traveling you often have little say in whether your mattress will be soft or firm, so to be on the safe side you may want to consider bringing along a pack-n-play or other safe spot for your baby to snooze. You also may be feeling festive and planning to drink when you normally wouldn't. Be sure that if you or your partner have consumed any alcohol at all you're not sharing the bed with your baby.
If you don't want to bring along your baby sleep gear, or you don't have anything that's portable, check in with friends or family wherever you're headed to see if they have something safe you can borrow. Many hotels also offer guests the option to reserve a crib so check in with where you’re staying to see if it’s an option. No matter where you’re headed you should be sure to plan for your baby’s safe sleep while you’re there!
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