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Visiting the Holy lands of Makkah and Madinah is the dream of every Muslim; but with toddlers and babies, it can become a nerve wrenching and tiresome experience.
A toddler who needs constant attention and care makes the rituals difficult to perform with heart and soul; and a little can change into a frightening experience (as often witnessed).
Following are the few precautions that would make the pilgrimage safe, sound and a heartfelt experience.
- Make the identity cards of every kid displaying name, father’s name, hotel’s name and phone number in bold. Kids should not forget to wear it every time they are out.
- Only keep the necessary luggage with you. Use the backpacks, or hand carries as they are easier to manage.
- Ahram is not mandatory for kids; but if they clad them, be sure it is not over fitted or loose, as it will greatly irritate the child. Try wearing it at home first. Also tell them the necessities of it. Otherwise, clad them in simple and decent clothes.
- Medicines and liniments including Anti-histamines, Calpol, Thermometer, ORS should be kept handy in the luggage.
- Goggles and moisturizing lotion should be worn whenever outside- as the weather is usually hot in Arab countries.
- A wrist band or a chest jacket must be tied by the mother and the kid at the time of prayers- as this is usually the time the kids get misplaced.
- Avoid going to rush area with the kids as it will misbalance you and can result in a fall.
- A handy bag with extra baby food, baby wipes, diapers, nappy rash cream, clothes, mosquito repellant lotion should be kept every time.
- Be calm and hassle free. Kids usually take a lot of time doing little things. Rotate turns with your hubby while performing rituals like Tawaf and Sai; or hire a wheelchair to let the kids sit on them.
- Always mention a union point i.e. a common meeting place- in case anyone gets can reach to that point easily.
Wishing you all a safe and fulfilling journey.