Thursday, 2 August 2018

Top Tips For Travelling With A Baby


A couple of weeks ago, we took Ava on her first proper holiday. We chose to go to London then stop off at Cardiff on the way home as these are two places that we really love but are also fairly close to where we live. And, much to our surprise, it was pretty problem free. Admittedly, we did have a few little tantrums on the train when she got frustrated with being sat for so long but, other than that, she was perfect. I had been really worried that the journey and sleeping in a new place would mess with her routine but we managed to find a few creative solutions to cope with any difficulties that might arise. And that's what I am sharing with you lovely lot today.

Ready-made bottles and puree sachets
These are an absolute godsend when you are travelling as it means you don't have to pack a big container of formula nor do you have to faff around with jars (anyone else always lose the lids?). Ava absolutely loves the fruit puree sachets from Ella's Kitchen but Lidl also do some great own brand ones that are a much cheaper option. For the milk, we just packed one bottle already made up then two empty bottles that had been sterilised to pour the milk into. This saves the hassle of trying to rinse out bottles on the go as you already have a couple spare with you.



As much tummy time as possible
Ava loves being on the move in her pushchair but she can only stand it for a limited period of time (usually about 2 hours at the very most) before she starts to get fussy. So, tummy time is a real necessity for us. But, as you can probably imagine, this is near-on impossible on a moving train so we took turns holding her in our arms when she got restless then headed straight to a restaurant where she could sit in a highchair (just to break up the pushchair time for a bit). Then, when we got to the hotel, we put down a towel on the floor and just let her roll around for a while. We had brought a few toys with us but also wiped over the room menu and TV remote with sterilising wipes so she could look at them and explore the different textures.

Plan plan plan
We had this trip in mind for a few weeks before we went so that gave me ample time to plan. We knew we would be leaving home around 4pm and arriving in London at around 7pm so I managed to book super off-peak tickets which I would recommend doing as it gives you more flexibility in when you want to travel as you can catch any train outside of peak times. I also knew that Ava and I had an event in Farringdon the following morning around 9am so we chose to book a hotel near the location so that we could just walk to the event in the morning rather than catch the tube in rush hour. I would also advise checking if the train has accessible seating and reserving those seats (not all trains do). Basically, plan everything in detail and make sure you avoid rush hour if you are using public transport.



Attach everything to the pushchair/car seat/child
A big mistake we made was not attaching Ava's dummy to her with one of those cords. Over the two days we were away, we lost both of her dummies and, as you can imagine, it was a long journey home with a child that usually settles with her dummy. So, invest in one of those ties (make sure it is approved by the necessary safety boards else it can be dangerous). We bought this one from Mothercare and it has served us well so far.


What advice would you give to someone intending to travel with a baby?
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10 comments

  1. what a cute baba :)
    I have an 18 months old todler , I don't really have new advice yours are pretty damn right. :) x

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you agree with my tips - I am absolutely still a rookie but hopefully I'll learn more as I go along x

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  2. These are great tips, I think people have a preconception (especially the older generations) that it's impossible but it really isn't with a few hacks and a bit of prep. I have to admit I saw the photo of your meal under the train and thought WOAH, what swanky train did they go on?! haha.

    Amy

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    1. That's true! My mum always tells me that it's not good to be dragging Ava all over the country but I think Ava loves going to new places and seeing different things.

      Haha, I wish the train served food like that! You're lucky if you get a seat let alone anything to eat

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  3. Your daughter is so beautiful; that adorable little smile at the end! At 33 weeks myself I’m absolutely gobbling up posts like this that’ll help make things like travelling as smooth as possible. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good system! :)

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    1. Thank you! She absolutely loved that big bed. Ah, you have all this to look forward to

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  4. Ohhh you honestly have the cutest little baby!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  5. Ava is a darling! Great tips--traveling with a baby or small child is a logistical nightmare until you get your moves down! #BlogCrush

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  6. #BlogCrush
    Great travel tips! I understand how much work it takes to travel with babies. I have two little ones of my own. Thanks!

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  7. Such cute photos! And yes I totally agree - planning and thinking ahead really makes things run a lot more smoothly. I also think that travelling by train is good for little ones because they can get up and have a change of scenery rather than being fastened in their car seats.

    And this post was added to the blogcrush linky because someone really liked it and wanted to share it with more people! Congratulations! Feel free to grab your "I've been featured" blog badge :) #blogcrush

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