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Travelling with Children

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Being a new mum is one of life’s greatest adventures, albeit one where you don’t leave the house that much. However it doesn’t mean that going on an adventurous holiday needs to be off the cards. OK, so it may not be as easy to chuck a few things in a bag and book the cheapest flight going for a quick break in the sun, but, with a little preparation, it’s still possible to have a great time away. Angharad Llewellyn, who documents her adventures with her baby on Instagram as The Mum Diary  and blogs about travel at PillowMagazine.com  gives her experience of travelling with her baby son Rafael, 11 months.

There are some perks… 

I actually found there were a few perks when travelling with a baby. When we flew to Colombia at the beginning of the year we were whisked straight to the front of all the annoying queues, our pram and car seat were checked in at the gate so we could wheel our baby around the airport until the very last minute and we were given a stack of baby food from our airline, Avianca. Don’t leave things to chance however. We booked a sky cot for our then six-month-old well in advance and I called the airline a week before we flew to confirm. We found the sky cot a lifesaver as we could strap our son in safely so both my fiancé and I could get some sleep.

baby suitcase Be prepared… 

Some airports offer a service where you can pre-book baby food and formula milk and pick it up once you have gone though security. Personally, we found that airports were very helpful and would let us take our baby’s food and formula through security, but this gave us peace of mind for our first trip abroad with our little one. Now our baby’s older we load up his travel bag with toys, snacks and formula milk just in *case* he decides to throw a tantrum just at the wrong moment.

Don’t forget the essentials… 

Don’t forget to pack Calpol, a thermometer, extra clothing, teething gel and anything else that you might need if your child isn’t feeling well.

Read up on your destination…

Be informed. Before you leave, check that your child doesn’t need any immunisations, or there aren’t any risks associated with the destination that you are travelling to. In Colombia we had to be very careful as many regions weren’t suitable for a young baby. I visited the nurse at my local doctors to discuss the matter in detail. Do your research and make sure you know where the nearest hospital is located in the area where you are staying.

imageBase most of your holiday around your child’s enjoyment…

We had a rather frazzled few days at a gorgeous spa hotel earlier this year where our baby cried throughout our three-course dinner, and screamed while the other guests at the hotel were tucking into their eggs and bacon for breakfast. For our next trip we have booked a campsite which is really geared up for children and has lots of room for our son to play… while we crack open the wine! Happy baby, happy parents!

Now you’ve heard Angharad’s tips, what are your tips for travelling with children?

 

Angharad Llewellyn, Editor, www.pillowmagazine.com and blog www.themumdiary.co.uk

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