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Tips for travelling with babies, toddlers & young children
Parents need a holiday more than anyone. But getting to or from a holiday destination with young children can be enough to put you off leaving home.
As experienced childcare experts, we have these tips on how to make a car or plane journey go as smoothly as possible:
If you’re driving, try to time your departure for naptime or even at night. You could do your normal bath and bedtime routine and then pop them in their carseat as you’re ready to set off. Be sure to have everything packed and ready to go before then. If they sleep in the car, you will be saved from having to point out every passing tractor or cow in a field…
Flights can be more tricky, with lots of waiting around in airports and less flexibility on times. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time so that you don’t have to rush to catch a flight. Little legs don’t move fast and a last minute nappy change or feed will add to pressure. See our other tips below on how to make flights more manageable.
Try to avoid travelling if you’ve just embarked on potty training – or be prepared to hold off on the training for a while – because stopping for emergencies toilet breaks adds to stress levels and means carting a potty with you everywhere you go.
Planning & packing
It can be tempting to pack everything you could possibly need, but you need to weigh that up with practicality. Here’s an essentials list of what to pack for a journey:
Some other things to think about when planning:
Whilst You’re Away
Remember, even if travelling to your destination feels like hard work, the memories you make as a family will be worth it.
What travel tips do you have for other parents? Share them with us.
Lemonjelly Childcare Solutions