If you have decided that you want to take a holidays to a destination by train with your newborn you more than likely are going to find it challenging. In fact traveling anywhere with your newborn can be quite challenging. Below you will find a few pointers on how to make it easier and less stressful for both you and your baby.
First thing, it's probably a good idea that you don't book a train trip that is too long. You will need to schedule the trip during a time period that you think that your newborn is going to sleep most of the time. This alone will cut down on a lot of your stress. One good thing about a train though is that the movement could be a factor in helping your baby fall asleep.
Make sure that you bring the baby's car seat with you when you get on the train. Trains don't have seat belts but this is still safer for your baby to be in their car seat. It will give your baby a more secure place in which they can sleep and sit when they are awake.
Another good thing you should do is to think about renting one of the sleeper cars. These cars are going to give you the privacy you need for you and your infant and there is a lot more room for you and your baby. It's also good for other passengers for you to have a place you can take the baby if the baby is being fussy and is crying a lot. If there are no sleeper cars then request a seat in the front of the train car because these usually have more room.
Make sure to book a seat for your baby if there is no sleeper car because if you don't, since they ride free they will expect you to hold the baby in your lap the whole trip and you don't want to have to do that. So paying for the extra seat will be a lot easier and you'll be able to put the car seat there any time you want.
It's important that you pack all the things that you are going to need for the baby and that means to bring extra diapers and food if you are not nursing. You don't want to run out of anything while on the trip because you never if where you stop is going to have the items that you need.
You should also bring things along that will help keep your baby focused on something when they are awake, even newborn children like toys and things that will grab their attention so make sure you don't forget those items.
Make sure to bring a stroller and check it in with the train attendant. You never know when you might need it at one of the many stops that your train might make.