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Make your travel child-friendly

If you plan to travel by car, you’ll need baby’s car seat anyway. Car seats are sometimes available for rent, which are not always safe. So buy your own seat.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2011 11:25 IST

1 Car seat conundrum: If you plan to travel by car, you’ll need baby’s car seat anyway. Car seats are sometimes available for rent, which are not always safe. So buy your own seat.

2 Travelling by air: Most airlines let children under the age of two years ride in an adult’s lap. It is recommended that you buy baby a ticket and use a car seat on the airplane, no matter the age. Babies who aren't in car seats can be injured when a parent can't hold on during severe turbulence. You can check-in your child’s car seat with your other luggage, but wrap the seat in plastic or a bag for protection.

3 Carry-on bag: Have a carry-on bag that is a large backpack and that can be shared with the baby. A backpack is easy to carry when your arms are otherwise occupied, and easily holds diapers, snacks, airline tickets, identification and even a spare outfit for baby. Most importantly, a backpack holds plenty of baby gear and still meets the travel requirements.

4 Stroller is a must-have: Even the smallest babies feel heavy after a long time in your arms, and toddlers often decide they can’t walk any longer at the most inconvenient times. A stroller solves these problems. Most infant car seats snap onto a travel system stroller, making it simple to take both along for the trip. Or, a lightweight stroller with a carrying strap is easy to haul around, and might help you make a move if your toddler's legs give out.

(With inputs from Mittal, Kanatal Resorts and Spa, Uttarakhand)