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Travelling with a baby

Read our top tips from parents and seasoned travellers to make travelling with babies a breeze.
Whether you're off on an epic holiday or driving to visit family for a few days, you'll love
these tried and tested top tips for travelling with a baby.

 
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Becky from The Mummy Adventures

BECKY GOWER

Blogger of 'The Mummy Adventure' and mum to three boys; Dylan, Archie and Baby Finn.

Monica from The Travel Hack

Monica Stott

Blogger and founder of 'The Travel Hack' and mum to baby George.

happy family enjoying the sun

Gill Crawshaw

Blogger of 'A Baby on Board' and mum to Eliza and baby Florence.

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Becky Gower - 'The Mummy Adventures'

Travelling by car gives you the luxury of space. It might not seem much, but having a boot to fill is easier than dissecting all your luggage to meet airline baggage requirements. The car journey might be as simple as a weekend at Granny's, but here are some top tips to make sure you've got everything you need to keep baby happy. Becky, a social media manager, mum to three adorable boys and author of The Mummy Adventures, has a passion for travelling which she loves to share with her family. Here Becky gives us her top tips to travelling with a baby on long car journeys:

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Try to plan your journey around sleep times. We usually aim to set off in the car at around 7pm when they are due to go to sleep, in the hope that they snooze throughout the journey and won't need much entertaining or feeding at all for a few hours. This works well for toddlers too as they are less likely to get restless

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Make sure your baby is in the correct car seat so that they are comfortable and safe. We've got a really comfy infant seat that can be used until approximately 15 months. Keeping the child rear facing as long as possible is the best thing for them and they offer the most support for a comfortable journey. Check out our range of Car Seats

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If your baby is over 6 months old and weaned already then choose snacks carefully. Too much sugar can cause them to become unsettled, so savoury is best in my book. If you are planning on feeding them in the car, I prefer to sit in the backseat to watch them, or schedule stops for snacks.

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Monica Stott - 'The Travel Hack'

Flying is perhaps the most daunting way to travel with a little one. With restrictions on baggage, it's tricky to decide what to take on the flight and what can be stowed in the hold for later.

Monica, mum and author of The Travel Hack, is determined to prove that travelling with a baby can be easier than you think. Here are her top tips for flying with a baby:

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Ask if there are any spare seats as soon as you get on the plane – Politely ask the air stewards if there are any spare seats on the flight. They'll have a check around the cabin before take-off and usually invite passengers to spread out around the plane if so. The stewards are quite likely to invite a passenger with a baby to sit next to a spare seat as they want your baby to be happy as much as you do!

Most passengers travelling with babies don't pay for the extra seat for their baby as you don't need to buy a seat for under-twos. But, having that extra seat makes things so much easier, even if it's just to spread out your baby's belongings!

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Pay for a fast track pass– If you're flying from a busy airport at a peak time of day then consider purchasing a fast track pass before you set off. When booked in advance they cost as little as £2.50 and this will whizz you through airport security.

Long, slow moving queues are boring for babies and can be incredibly stressful for parents when you're stuck in a queue with a crying baby. The fast track queues are often more helpful to parents, and patient when it comes to folding away pushchairs and testing liquids too.

Some other countries fast track people with babies anyway but they rarely do this as standard in the UK.

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Introduce your baby to your fellow passengers –One of the biggest stresses for people travelling with babies is the thought that they're disturbing all the other passengers around them. But in my experience, other passengers love playing peekaboo with a cute baby!

The people around you could be your saviours when your baby starts to get grumpy so encourage baby to look around and make friends. People are much friendlier and more understanding than you'd think – especially if they've already spent some time playing with your little one.

Train travel with a tot in tow

Gill Crawshaw - 'A Baby On Board'

Train travel often requires multiple changes and limited space for luggage, so it's best to travel lightly. Here are our top tips for travelling with the barest of essentials on public transport with a baby.

Gill, digital consultant, mum and author of A Baby on Board, writes about raising a family in London, and the adventures that they embark on. Here Gill gives us her top tips for train travel with a baby:

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Plan ahead – if you book your train tickets in advance you can get great First Class deals! More space, bigger seats (important if you're going to have a child on your knee for a few hours) and free tea and coffee at your seat – what's not to love.

Booking tickets in advance means you can usually choose seats with more space, and table seats can help with babies and toddlers alike. Getting tickets posted in advance lets the family breeze through the station, too.

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Travel light– Having lots of bags, a pram, and often a car seat with you on the train can be a bit of a nightmare if you're by yourself. It's much easier if you have as little luggage as possible.

We often pack a little bag for our older daughter to carry her toys and books for the journey, which makes it fun for her and means it's easy to access things she wants.

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Prepare entertainment! –take as many small items as possible that will keep the baby occupied and help the journey go smoother for you all. Both my children used to sleep for the entire journey on trains, which was lovely, but when they're older you need things to keep them distracted and make the journey fun.

We take lots of snacks in small sealable pots, sticker books and a baby tablet computer... we use baby headphones to make sure there's no annoying noise for other passengers! There's always the old fail-safe of 'I Spy' and spotting things out of the window. Check out our range of Travel Accessories

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