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Out for a walk with baby

When is it safe to take my baby outside?

When is it safe to take my baby outside?

According to most experts, babies can be taken outside right away as long as parents follow some basic steps. Make sure your baby has been dressed appropriately for the weather and is kept out of direct sunlight. Avoid exposing them to people who are unwell.

Benefits of walking with baby.

Benefits of walking with baby

Going for a walk with your little one lets you both enjoy some fresh air and helps them experience the outdoors. It also gives you an exercise regime all the while encouraging their cognitive development. Be sure to pick the right travel system for your baby's age with enough space to help you get around daily.

Pram, pushchair, or stroller?

These terms do mean different things. In general, prams are designed to let newborns lie flat and to face whoever is pushing them, pushchairs are for babies who can sit up, and strollers are for toddlers and older children. Some are adjustable however, so they might be suitable for different ages.

What about buggies? The word buggy can mean pushchair or stroller and just become a word we use to describe them, rather than being another type of product.

A mother walking with her baby in a Bugaboo Cameleon 3 plus complete pushchair in black colour.

Prams

Designed for newborns and younger babies who need to lie flat.

Shop pushchairs.A mother walking with her toddler in a Joie Versatrax pushchair in grey and black colour.

Pushchairs

These adjust so babies can sit up once they're ready or be lying almost flat.

A mother walking with her toddler in a Red Kite The Push Me 2U strollerin midnight black colour.

Strollers

Best for toddlers and older, tend to be lighter and can be folded up.

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A mother standing outside on her patio with her toddler sitting in a Chicco Stone Echo stroller.

A second stroller

An alternative stroller that's lightweight and easy on the pocket is great for taking places without stressing over any travel damage. They also work as great backups if you run into trouble with the primary stroller or pushchair.

A woman on a walk with her kids in Red Kite Push Me double stroller.

Twin strollers

Make walking with your little ones a breeze. A twin stroller or tandem encourages interaction between your kids while making it super easy for you to move around with them.

A mother putting her baby into a Red Kite Push Me Pace 2 in 1 travel system car seat in pink colour.

Pushchairs with adaptors

Get from a pushchair to a car seat in a snap. These pushchairs have adaptors that allow you to lift and shift a car seat from the pushchair frame. Most come with a pram and multiple handy attachments for different occasions and ages.

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Baby wearing

Carriers and slings.

Carriers and slings

Baby carriers and slings bring your child close to you, cuddling them to your body while leaving your hands free. This allows you to do your shopping and all kinds of jobs while bonding with baby.

A sling is better for the first 6 months, as it offers a lot of support for their head and keeps them closer to you. After that, you can carry them front facing, or rear facing as they start to get more curious about the world around them.

You should always be able to see your baby's face just by glancing down.

Flying with baby

Airports can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you're taking a baby. From passports to pushchairs, here's some of the key questions from parents about flying with their little one.

What are the rules for taking a baby on a plane?

What are the rules for taking a baby on a plane?

Unfortunately, there isn't one set of rules for flying with a baby. Each airline has their own guidelines, so make sure to discuss any concerns or questions with the airline you plan to fly with.

How old does my baby need to be to fly?

How old does my baby need to be to fly?

Babies can travel by plane from two days old, or two days past their due date if they were born early. However, not all airlines permit babies to fly that young. Some insist they are at least two weeks old, and others require a GP's note confirming your child is safe to fly. Each airline has their own rules, so it's best to double check before you fly.

Will my baby need a passport?

Will my baby need a passport?

If you're travelling abroad, yes. First passports can take three to five weeks to process, but you can pay extra to get them fast-tracked to you in one week. The government does offer a premium one-day service, but this isn't available for first-time passports. Babies will also need their own Visa if you are travelling to a country that requires one.

Do I need to buy my baby a seat?

Do I need to buy my baby a seat?

Generally, you should buy your baby their own seat when they are six months old and over. If they are under six months, you can choose to have them on your lap. Both options tend to be discounted by airlines. If your child has their own seat on the plane, they must be seated in a car seat. Many airlines require you to bring your own but some may provide them if you reserve in advance.

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Do babies get a luggage allowance?

All airlines have a different policy for hand luggage. Most will allow you to take a baby changing bag in addition to your carry-on, but others might require you to pay for it. You can take more than one bottle of breast milk, most baby foods, and liquids like any other carry-on items. Just ensure that each bottle is of 2,000ml or less. The exception being frozen breast milk, which isn't allowed on board. Also, be prepared to pull out any baby food and liquids from your bag for a security check.

What about my pushchair?

What about my pushchair?

Many airlines include a pushchair stored in the hold into your infant's baggage allowance. You should also be able to take it up to the gate before loading, and then wait for it in the baggage reclaim area when you land. If your child is older, harnesses are ideal for keeping them close and under control, while a Trunki suitcase is a fun alternative to bringing them in a pushchair.

Travelling by train with baby

Under-fives can travel for free by train. However, paying adult passengers will always get priority, so if it's a very busy train, you might not be able to use the seat next to you unless you've bought two tickets.

When to travel.

When to travel

Travelling outside of peak times means you won't have to battle the crowds to get on the train. Plus, the tickets can be cheaper, and there should be more empty seats.

Taking a pushchair.

Taking a pushchair

If you're taking a pushchair on board, you should be able to store it in one of the luggage bays. For shorter journeys, you might benefit from using a harness or sling instead, which takes up less room and keeps your hands free.

Facilities.

Facilities

Consider booking your seats close to the toilets or changing facilities (if the train has them) to reduce the risk and stress of any accidents on your journey. It's also worth checking whether the stations you're travelling to and from have lifts.

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