How do people travel with a baby stroller? This is probably the most asked question that I see when an expecting family tells their friends and relatives about their upcoming trip. Some might say that it is not the stroller that creates the problem, but the pregnant mother herself or just for fun, both of them (the mother and the stroller).
There are guidelines to follow for every traveling means you choose, as laid down by the authorities. The guidelines are put in place to ensure the safe carriage of the equipment through long distances damaging none of its parts.
There are four major means of travel, and we will tell you how to travel with your baby stroller through each of them.
How to Travel With a Baby Stroller
Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, traveling with a baby stroller is one of the most difficult parts of preparing for your trip. However, there are ways to make it easier for yourself and your family. Here are some tips for traveling with a baby stroller:
- Traveling by Car
- Traveling by Flight
- Traveling by Train
- Traveling by Boat
- Take Away
Traveling by Car
1. Bring along an extra seat
If you’re going on a road trip, it’s best to bring along an extra car seat and base (or two). This way, your baby can travel safely in his or her seat while the driver can use the second car seat.
2. Make sure the car has a restraint system
You’ll also want to make sure that your car is equipped with an appropriate child restraint system. It’s important to read the manual before installing one of these systems; most require the use of locking clips that help secure the car seat into place.
3. Secure the seat
Before you leave on your trip, make sure that the car seat is properly secured. You should attach it to the base of the car seat with both the Latch system and seat belt. This will ensure that it doesn’t move around while traveling down bumpy roads or highways.
4. Keep objects that can fly in place
Make sure that any toys or entertainment items are secured in place so they don’t fly around and hit your baby’s head when you make sudden stops or turns. You may also want to consider using foam blocks or pillows behind the back of each seat so that if there is an accident, your child won’t get injured by being slammed against hard surfaces like metal or glass doors or windows.
5. Travel during off-peak hours
If possible, try traveling during off-peak hours so that there aren’t as many cars on the road. This will help reduce the amount of noise from horns honking, sirens blaring and other distractions that might upset your child’s sleep schedule.
Traveling by Flight
1. Know your airline’s policies
Before you pack up the car or board the plane, check your airline’s policy on baby strollers. Most airlines allow you to check them at no additional charge, but some will charge extra if they’re over 50 pounds. If that’s the case, consider leaving it behind and renting one when you arrive at your destination.
2. Check if it can be collapsed
Then, make sure your stroller has all of its parts and can be collapsed easily in case it needs to fit into the overhead compartment on an airplane. Also, make sure that it’s light enough for you to lift onto the plane without help from a flight attendant or fellow passenger.
3. Properly pack it
The next thing that you need to do when traveling with a baby stroller is to properly pack it. The most important thing that you need to remember is that it should be packed in such a way that it does not take up too much space and does not get damaged during transit. You should also ensure that there is enough padding on all sides so that the stroller does not get scratched or dented during transit.
4. Watch out for stairs and escalators.
When traveling between terminals at the airport, be sure to watch for stairs, which may be difficult for some strollers to navigate (especially if they have small wheels). If possible, avoid escalators altogether, they can be quite slippery when wet or covered in ice, and some are too steep for many strollers to handle safely without falling over backward (which could be dangerous if an infant is riding in it).
Traveling by Train
1. Check your train company policies
Check the train’s website before you book your ticket, and make sure they allow baby strollers. Some trains do not allow them, so if you’re traveling with an infant or toddler, check first.
2. Pack smart
It’s easy to overpack when you’re traveling with children. But remember that you’ll need space for all their toys and snacks as well as the baby’s stroller. Pack light. Use a soft-sided bag that folds up easily and isn’t too heavy to carry on your back when you take it off the train or bus. Also, try not to use a diaper bag; they tend to be bulky and hard to manage on public transport (and they make you look like a tourist).
3. Be Timely
Make sure you have enough time to get to the station in advance of your train’s departure time.
4. Choose your seat wisely
If possible, choose seats near an exit so that you won’t have to get up as often during your trip, especially if your child falls asleep in his stroller or carrier during the trip. The aisle is sometimes too narrow to squeeze through with a stroller, and if you need to get up and go, you’ll have to wake your baby up and move them. The best seats for travel with a stroller are usually near the door so that you can easily get off the train when it arrives at your destination station.
5. Keep your stroller safe from theft
If you’re taking public transportation, make sure you secure your stroller with a lock or strap it down to something so that no one can steal it while you’re on the train. If you don’t have a lock, try tying a string around each side of your stroller’s handlebars and tying it around itself; this will keep most thieves from taking your stroller away.
Traveling by Boat
1. Consider the size of the boat
The first thing to consider is the size of the boat. If it is small and does not have many decks, then this will be easy. However, if it has many decks and elevators, then you will have to think about how to get around. In this case, traveling with a baby stroller may not be easy.
2. Remember the weight limit
You may be able to get away with bringing a larger stroller than normal, but make sure not to exceed the weight limit. The key is to pack as light as possible.
3. Never leave the stroller unattended
This is the most important rule to follow when traveling on a boat with a baby stroller. You need to make sure that your child is safe at all times, so never leave him or her alone while on board.
4. Carry extra fasteners
Bring along extra safety belts for the stroller and attach them securely to the railing or frame of the boat. That way, even if your child falls out of the stroller, he or she won’t fall overboard into the water below because of these restraints.
5. Bring a life Jacket
Make sure that your child wears a life jacket at all times while on board in case something happens and he or she needs to be rescued immediately by someone else on board with life jackets on their backs as well.
6. Keep a watchful eye on your child
Keep an eye on your child constantly when you’re traveling on a boat with a baby stroller because you never know when someone might get too close to them and knock them over accidentally causing them to fall off into the water below.
Traveling can be a hassle and throwing in a baby stroller just makes things more complicated and time-consuming. But with these tips, you’re good to go.