Traveling with baby: minimum age, plane, destinations and advice

Do you want to organize your first plane vacation with your baby? Before booking your tickets babyjourney, several questions arise: what documents should I bring? From what age is my child fit to travel? What are the best or best destinations to avoid? For future family vacations, this practical file will allow you to organize your trip with baby with complete peace of mind.

From what age can a baby travel?

From the age of two weeks, an infant can begin his life as a traveler. However, he cannot take all the trips. It should be borne in mind that the latter needs sleep, calm and a regular rhythm of life. Choosing the right destination, mode of transport and local accommodation is therefore essential. If a baby of a few weeks can undertake a train trip of a few hours in France, planning a plane trip requires more organization. 

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A passport for babies

In addition to the health recommendations, it is essential to think about the child’s identity papers. For travel to Europe, an identity card and a family record book are sufficient to cross the borders. For countries requiring a passport, the child must now have his own passport with his biometric fingerprints! Remember to contact your town hall; the average time in France to obtain it is 4 weeks (up to 8 weeks in some departments as the school holidays approach.) In order to find out if you and your child need a visa, contact the Embassy of the country concerned, in France.

Health insurance “just in case”

On the health insurance side, if you are going to Europe, ask for the European health insurance card . Each member of the family, including babies, must have one. This is valid for one year and allows you to benefit from the coverage of medical care in Europe. For other countries, check that you have an insurance or assistance contract abroad. Most often, when you pay for your trip by credit card, you are granted repatriation insurance. If not, subscribe to one.

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Up-to-date vaccines and a visit to the doctor

Taking an infant on a trip cannot be decided at the last moment. The consultation with the pediatrician, vaccinations, paper requests require organization. It is therefore better to plan your vacation several weeks in advance to succeed in leaving with a light mind. In Paris, the Institut Pasteur has a walk-in vaccination center open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The essential accessories for baby’s travel bag

Whether you are going on a road trip, by train or by plane, you must first and foremost think about the comfort of your baby. Always keep spare clothes and comfortable slippers, several pacifiers, a blanket, a blanket and a cardigan or sweater near you if the air conditioning is too strong on the train or on the plane. If the necessary of the first aid kit is to be chosen according to the chosen country destination, you can still provide the essential accessories for his hygiene and his health: diapers, cottons, compresses, plastic bags, cleaning wipes, disinfectant gel for the hands, thermometer, nail clippers and paper tissues.