August 18, 2016
Planning your first family getaway is exciting; there’s nothing quite like a special family holiday. But when you’re travelling with a little one in tow, it can be hard to know where best to go and what to take. Without taking everything but the kitchen sink!
Top Tips For Traveling With Baby
Location & Accommodation
A number of websites specialise in stylish, family friendly holidays, and recognise the facilities you need while away. Top sites to check out are Smith & Family, Baby Friendly Boltholes, i-escape Kids Collection and Kid & Coe.
Consider how far your destination is, and think about how the time difference will effect the baby’s (and therefore your own!) sleeping patterns.
Flying vs. Driving
There are benefits to both driving and flying when travelling with little one. If driving, you can take breaks and carry more essentials than if flying.
If flying, the bonus is that buggies can be taken up to the plane door; from there it’s put in the hold. Using a buggy travel case avoids damage to your buggy while in transit. Taking a lightweight buggy that’s easy to transport and will keep baby cool in the heat is a lifesaver. See a lineup of Joie’s lightweight buggies (Joie Nitro, Joie Nitro LX, Joie Aire Lite) below.
On flights, feeding baby (more on this next) is a handy weapon; use it to distract and comfort them during take off and landing. Another great tip is to bring out a new toy, to entertain them on the journey.
Feeding & Sterilising
If bottle-feeding, you’ll need to sterilise your kit. Handy portable, lightweight options are Milton cold water sterilising tablets, or microwavable sterilising bags. If your little one is weaning, take as many food pouches as you can. Ella’s Kitchen is a great shout for this and their pouches travel well.
Taking milk onto the flight can be worrying, however the same rules that apply to general liquids don’t apply for baby formula or milk. Check with your airline for details. As mentioned above, use feeding time to your advantage! Adjusting your little one’s feeding schedule on the day of your flight may make the trip go a little smoother.
A buggy shade (for daytime snoozing), pool swim float, sun cream and sunhat are essentials. Often hotel rooms can be light in the evening, so a portable blackout blind minimises disruption to baby’s sleep. Meaning more shut-eye for you! If you’re travelling abroad, your baby will need its own passport, so organise this well in advance of your trip. You’ll also need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), in case any medical needs arise.
No matter where you go, don’t underestimate the amount of toys you’ll need. Take some of their favourites and a few lightweight books. A soft toy for the travel cot (like the cute one seen below) will make it feel more like home.