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I had to travel with my 18-month-old kid from my home town to Bangalore after the COVID-19 lockdown opened. I was very sceptical and anxious as travelling alone with a baby could be a task. Also making kids wear a mask and maintain social distancing or not touching things or surfaces around is difficult. But, I finally did so by following certain measures which I would like to share:
- I made a mask from my child’s old t-shirt and vest which he liked wearing. And I made him wear it at home for practice.
- Make your child practise washing hands and using a sanitizer.
- Keep a few rough cloth pieces or tissues for your child to wipe his hands, face or nose.
- Keep a bottle of sanitizing spray which you can use on chairs at the airport and also on plane seats and handles.
- Feed your baby before boarding the plane so that he remains full for another 2-3 hours so as to avoid feeding solid food in plane. Of course, milk can be fed in the plane.
- Make him wear warm but comfortable clothes.
- As it is summer, you can use a pair of socks as gloves to cover your child’s hand.
- Keep necessary medicines handy and also buy few for future use as one has to go for home quarantine for 2 weeks.
- Keep a dress change for the child as well as for yourself which you can change after deboarding the flight.
- You can also use a raincoat as PPE to cover your child’s body or clothes.
- Keep your child’s favourite toy with you or download his favourite songs and poems on the phone to keep him busy throughout the flight.
- Do web check-in, install the Arogya Setu app and fulfil the commandments of the state you are travelling to so that you have a hassle-free airport experience.
- Keep other travelling essentials handy like diapers, wipes, water, snacks etc.
I hope this will help many anxious mothers like me who are scared to travel with their infants or toddlers.
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