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10 TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH A BABY 








Hey Lovelies

We recently visited the beautiful town of Annecy in the South of France for Ella's godmother's birthday. This town was absolutely beautiful. So picturesque, famous for it's mountains and beautiful lakes. The people were very friendly, always stopping to say "hi" and interact with Ella and she absolutely loved it.
  


Annecy France
I on the other hand, cannot say I found the experience of travelling with a baby as enjoyable as my little princess did. This was her first time flying and I stressed about almost everything. To prevent you from doing the same I am doing a series on some of the things I've learnt from the experience. I am calling this Series 1 Blogisode 1 - did you see what I did there? Blog-isode as in Episode but for a blog 🤣

Here are my top tips

1. DRESS COMFORTABLY

This goes for both of you. 
YOU - Especially if you are still nursing. It is important that you have easy access for the baby if you're unable to get to your baby's food for whatever reason. 
BABY - make sure they are not overdressed with layers so they do not get too hot but that you also have a blanket or layers to add for when the plane takes off and the temperature drops. 

2. DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT and TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Need I say more...you might also want to pack your baby's red book just in case you need to see a health practitioner whilst out there. I had a slight scare when I woke up one morning and realised Ella had not passed urine for the whole night. Whilst monitoring her and making the decision of whether or not to take her to the doctor I realised we had not packed her red book. Thank God she started urinating regularly after that, but it was a scare nevertheless. 

3. WORK OUT AND FINALISE YOUR TRANSPORT TO THE AIRPORT

This needs to be done beforehand. Especially as you will have several forms of luggage, a pushchair and possibly a car seat. Ideally it would help if a friend or family member could drop you to the airport or even if you could drive and park at the airport. 

4. SPARE PAIR OF HANDS OR TRAVEL PARTNER

My husband friends were amazing. They would always offer to help or take Ella from me. At times it got too difficult to deal with Ella and hold bags and check for departure gates. 

Even going through Security they take your baby and give her to your travel partner whilst they search you. 
More hands are better than one. 

5. GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME

I can't stress this enough. We ended up having to run to the gate. Picture this, I was weaving in and out whilst pushing Ella in her pushchair. My trainers were hurting. I ended up having to take one trainer off, throw it at the bottom of her puschair and run through the airport with the other trainer on my foot. My husband and friends were running ahead of us whilst Ella was cruising in her pushchair thinking this was some sort of ride or game.

What I didn't realise is they would do extra checks on me at security because I had a baby 🤦🏾‍♀️

My gosh that was close. We made it but never again will I be cutting it so fine time wise.

6. OVER PACK ON FOOD AND MILK FOR UR BABY

The reason why I say over pack on this is because you never know what could happen. Baby could decide to eat as much as they want, be going through a growth spurt or some of the food could go off, break or get damaged. On top of everything else, you don't want to be in the position of not having enough food or milk for your baby. That will definitely be a stressful situation. 

7. OVER PACK ON NAPPIES AND WIPES

Same as above. On the flight back Ella done the smelliest nappy explosion. It took both of us to deal with it and we were on our last wipes.  Please pack more wipes. Don't be like us and think it will last the whole trip.


8. NURSE OR FEED ON TAKE OFF AND LANDING

This was Ella's most irritable time throughout the whole holiday. Take off and landing. I think because her ears were popping but the sucking motion really helped to eliminate this. 

Or you can try to distract your baby like giving them their favourite toy.

9. ROUTINE

If you can, try and stick to the routines you have at home i.e.nap times and feeding times, especially if there is a time difference at your chosen location. This will help your baby acclimatise as quickly as possible with little to no disruption.

10. HAVE FUN!!!

Try not to stress like I did. 🤦🏾‍♀️

I hope this helps. 

Next in the Series, Blogisode 2 - Essentials to Pack for your Baby

Comment below and let me know - Where have you been recently with your little ones?

Lots of love


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