Taking Your Baby to Cuba Tips
Do you have a family vacation to Cuba planned? Cuba is a magnificent beach town in Cuba. Here, you’ll find gorgeous beaches, impressive golf courses, and exquisite food. If you are taking your baby to Cuba with you, you’ll want to be prepared. Traveling with a baby is different from traveling without one. But that doesn’t mean that you, your baby, and anyone else traveling with you won’t be able to enjoy your time in Cuba.
If you’re taking your baby to Cuba, read through our article below. We’ll share a few tips to help you enjoy your time in Cuba, make sure you pack everything you’ll need, and ensure a smooth flight there and back home.
1. Keep Your Baby Protected from the Sun
Much of your time in Cuba will likely be spent outdoors. The weather is gorgeous, and you’ll likely be spending a lot of time at the beach. So, if you’re taking your baby to Cuba, it will be important to keep them (as well as everyone else in your group) protected from the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen regularly to prevent your baby’s sensitive skin from getting burned. Many experts recommend using a mineral-based sunscreen for babies, so definitely plan ahead and purchase one before you leave. If your baby is getting wet, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours. When they are not getting wet, you can reapply it about every four hours.
2. Think About Feedings
Your eating schedule is likely different when you are on vacation. You may just graze on foods throughout the day or go longer periods without eating because you are having fun doing something else. When taking your baby to Cuba, keep in mind that this schedule will not work for your baby. You will need to stick to their regular eating schedule, so they’ll likely need to be fed every few hours. If you are using bottles or formula, you’ll want to make sure that you always have enough with you when you are out. This will help you avoid having to return to the hotel just to give your baby a bottle.
If your baby has started eating solid foods, you will also want to think about which restaurants you will visit. You may either want to pick restaurants that serve foods your baby will eat, or be sure to pack some baby-friendly foods before you head out to eat.
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3. Work in Naps
When taking your baby to Cuba, it is important to remember that naptime is still very important for your baby. However, you may not need to stop what you’re doing to let your baby take a nap in your hotel room. If your baby will allow it, try to work in naps when you are out and about. Try bringing a stroller with you and letting your baby sleep in the stroller. Or, if you’ll be at the beach for the afternoon, consider bringing or renting a shelter where your baby can sleep outdoors in the shade. If your baby takes naps in the car, then you can also plan your excursions around naptime. If you’ll be driving somewhere that is a bit further, try to leave or return at naptime. This will allow your baby to get a solid nap in the car.
4. Figure Out Travel Plans
If you are planning to drive around the island or ride in any vehicles, you’ll need to plan ahead. Your baby will need to be in a car seat whenever they are in a vehicle. This is the only safe way for a baby to ride in a car. You may find it is easier to just rent a car and leave your car seat installed for the duration of your trip. Or, you may decide to install a car seat in and out of taxis or rideshare services. Just keep in mind, if you don’t have your own vehicle, you’ll have to carry the car seat around with you after you get dropped off somewhere.
5. Help Your Baby Adjust to the New Time Zone
When you are taking your baby to Cuba, you will likely need to plan to help your baby adjust to the time difference. One of the best ways to help them adjust to the change is to start slowly adjusting their schedule before you leave for your trip. Move their bedtime, naptimes, and wake times by a few minutes each day for a week before you leave. By the time you arrive, they will be more used to Cuba’s time. It will likely still take a little time to help them fully adjust. You will need to be patient and reassuring to your baby. Let them know that it is ok and help soothe them if they cry.
6. Have Fun
When you are taking your baby to Cuba, it is also important to remember to have fun! Yes, your vacation will look different with a baby, but you will still be able to enjoy yourself. There are plenty of fun activities you can do with your baby, such as visiting the beach, sightseeing, or eating at a nice restaurant.
7. Pack Accordingly
There are numerous items you will want to pack when you are taking your baby to Cuba. Taking the time to make a complete list and make sure you have everything before you leave will help avoid a crisis when you get there. Here are some of the items you’ll want to make sure you bring with you:
- Bottles and formula (if you use it)
- Extra clothes
- Swaddles and blankets
- Diaper bag
- Car seat
- Pack ‘n Play or travel bassinet
If you’re taking your baby to Cuba, it almost certainly means you’ll be flying with them. There is a fair amount involved in flying with a baby. If you haven’t flown with your baby, you will want to closely read our tips below to ensure that you are prepared.
8. Book a Direct Flight
You will definitely want to try to get a direct flight if you are taking your baby to Cuba. If a direct flight isn’t available, then choose an option that will limit your travel time as much as possible. Look for flights that do not have too long of a layover (while still leaving yourself enough time to change planes). Limiting your travel time as much as possible will give you the best chance of keeping your baby calm and happy on the plane.
9. Take Advantage of Pre-Boarding
Most airlines will offer pre-boarding for families with small children. Take advantage of this when you are taking your baby to Veradero. It will allow you to get on the plane and get settled before all the other passengers begin to board. If you are planning on installing your baby’s car seat on the plane, it will also give you extra time to do so.
10. Gate Check Your Stroller and Other Essentials
Instead of checking your stroller in at the main ticket counter, bring it through security with you and check it at the gate. This will allow you to use it to help you carry your bags and will also provide a spot where your baby can sit or take a nap before you board the plane.
11. Protect Your Baby’s Ears from Pressure Changes
If you’ve ever flown before, you know how the changes in pressure can affect your ears. These pressure changes can be more severe with babies and can make them very uncomfortable or even cause damage to their ears. Feeding your baby a bottle or breastfeeding them during take off and landing can help prevent the changes in pressure from affecting them as much. Sucking and swallowing milk will help keep your baby more comfortable and make the pressure changes less noticeable.
12. Be Prepared
When flying with a baby it is essential to be prepared. Babies are unpredictable as it is, but this can often be even truer on an airplane. You will want to make sure that you have plenty of diapers (more than you think you’ll actually need) and changes of clothes for you and your baby when you are taking your baby to Cuba. This will ensure that you are ready for that unwanted diaper blow out or spit up!
Packing a few toys to distract and entertain your baby on the plane is also a good idea. Consider purchasing a few new toys (or bringing toys your baby hasn’t seen yet). These novel toys may be more appealing and keep your baby entertained for longer than something they’re used to playing with every day.
13. Wear Your Baby in the Airport
Wearing your baby in the airport, or at least through security, can also make your life easier. If you are wearing your baby when you get to security, you won’t have to worry about taking them out of the stroller to collapse it and put it on the scanner. The majority of the time, you’ll be able to walk right through security with your baby still on you (you might just get a light pat-down or have your hands swabbed). After you get through security, you can put your baby back in their stroller, or you may find that it is easier to just keep wearing them since you won’t be able to push the stroller onto the plane anyway.
Now that you’ve read through our tips for taking your baby to Cuba, you should be all ready to go! Take time to pack what you need and plan out your vacation. You and your baby are sure to have a wonderful time and make some great memories together.