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Tips on How to Travel with a Baby

Summer will soon be filling our days with warmth and sunshine giving us the perfect time to explore further afield.

Travelling with a baby can create wonderful family memories, but it does come with some challenges. We have put together some helpful tips on how you can master your next family holiday.

 

 
1. Roll with it. Just remember when travelling with a baby, go with the flow. Keep it simple and don’t worry if your plans change to suit your baby’s needs or your energy levels. Simply staying at your accommodation for the day might just be the rest you need. Even if you go for a stroll to get some take-away food while your partner looks after baby, this can still be a wonderfully relaxing option.
 
2. Find baby-friendly outings. As your baby grows you will be able to return to destinations that you love so they can love and remember it too. So while your baby is little, consider choosing outings that are easily accessible. Like adults, babies have distinct personalities with some that thrive with external stimulation while others prefer quieter environments. You know your baby, so choose accordingly. 
 
3. Baby Wear. Baby carriers can be a lifesaver when travelling! If you want to get off the beaten track and go for a hike, stroll around the town or even just head to the local shops, wearing your baby takes the hassle out of packing a stroller in the car. Bonus point - baby wearing enables napping on the go too! 
 
 
4. Take your DockATot to give your baby an on-the-go familiar spot for baby to lounge and play. Your DockATot will provide the comforts of home and help soothe your baby while giving you hands free moments. Don’t forget to pack your Cabana Kit – made from SPF 50+ fabric with a fly net! It will allow you to relax on the beach or riverbank knowing your baby is safe from the elements and bugs.
 
 
5. Nap on the go. If you choose to pack a stroller, choose a lightweight compact option. Have a look at the Baby Jogger’s collection of travel strollers you can carry on or will easily slot into your boot. Enjoy strolling around museums, art galleries and parks as your little one enjoys their afternoon nap. You get to see some of the sights of the places you visit and your little one will be well rested – now that’s a win-win!

 

 

6. Nappy wipes. Bring them along or buy them at your destination, either way they are great for wiping down surfaces, cleaning sticky fingers and on-the-go nappy changes! If you’re looking for more sustainable option, take a look at Ecoriginals and their range of biodegradable wipes.

 

 

7. Request an empty seat next to you on the plane. Depending on the age of your little one, you will be able to have them on your lap for the duration of the flight at no extra cost but if you are wanting a more comfortable flight without them in your arms or on your lap, then a spare seat will be a godsend.

8. Don’t forget their sleeping bags or swaddlers. For on the go naps or overnight sleeping, having a zipped sleeping bag or swaddler will ensure ease around transitioning into and out of sleep especially when out and about. Make sure the TOG rating matches the weather at your destination! 

 

 

9. Feed during take-off and landing. If you can book a flight that coincides with feeding and nap time, then this is the one to go for! Feeding during take-off and landing will help with the air pressure changes and there’s the added bonus of getting nap time in before you land.

10. Rain noise and other sounds on your phone. If your baby prefers to fall asleep to the noise of rain or white noise, then look at finding sounds on your phone to play as they fall asleep.

We hopefully these little tips will help when you decide to jet-off with your toddler. Don’t forget to enjoy your getaway regardless of what happens, lessons can always be learnt for next time!

As Confuscius says, ‘wherever you go, go with all your heart.’

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