Baby travelling tips
Hints and advice to make getting out and about with your little explorers as easy as possible.
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:
- Dress baby appropriately for the weather
- Sunny day? Keep baby out of direct sunlight
- Avoid exposing them to people who are unwell
Out for a walk with baby
Benefits of walking with baby
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.
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?
How old does my baby need to be to fly?
Will my baby need a passport?
Do I need to buy my baby a seat?
Do babies get a luggage allowance?
What about my 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
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
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.
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.