Today we hand over to child friendly holiday specialist Tots To Travel. Tots to Travel offers families that sometimes elusive parenting pleasure: peace of mind. Their team of travel experts vet every property on their holiday homes site to ensure its suitability for your young children. It’s safe to say that they know a fair bit about holidays with a baby and young children, so over to them….
With a bit of planning and a few essentials stashed in your hand luggage, the whole process of getting to your holiday destination with your baby can become part of the adventure, not a necessary evil. Here are Tots to Travel’s top tips to make travelling with your baby a breeze…
1. Plan your time
Decide how long you need for each part of the journey – then add some. Allow for longer than normal feeds (lots of distractions to look at in an airport!), a little exercise if they are crawling (find an empty gate or ask if there’s a play area) and emergency changes before boarding or getting back in the car.
2. Hang on to the pram
Remember you can usually keep it right to the steps of the plane, a lifesaver if it’s Gate 99 of 100!
3. Seating plan
Unless you are in your own car, getting to the airport can be tricky without your car seat and there’s the onward journey to consider too. Check with your airline well in advance as some will allow you to check in your car seat as luggage, in some cases for free.
4. Check in
Do it online or get to the gate early if you can – being forced to sit apart and pass your little bundle back and forth is a hassle you can do without!
Everyone’s appetite seems to increase when travelling so pack extra bottles and healthy snacks close to hand (if you’re flying, check with the airline for their policies on what you can carry on). If the timing works out, a well placed feed at take-off or landing, or a dummy, will help to protect little ears from popping.
Variety is essential – a selection of lightweight, stimulating soft toys and cloth books won’t take up your baggage allowance and a couple of new ones brought out at strategic moments can work wonders! Don’t forget any essential comforters and for the sake of the other passengers’ sanity, no squeaks or loud rhymes is probably best!
In the car, they may sleep more than usual (if you’re lucky!) If you’re flying, call the airline and ask about a bulk head seat where they may be able to provide a small crib.
8. Enjoy it!
It would take a miracle to be prepared for every eventuality so try not to worry. You’re not the first, won’t be the last and the photos and memories will provide plenty of funny stories for years to come!
For more top tips for travelling with tots, you can order your FREE copy of Tots to Travel’s 32 page Guide to stress-free family holidays at www.totstotravel.co.uk.