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Travelling with a baby? Here's everything you need to know!
Travelling with a baby? Here's everything you need to know!
Top tips for travelling with a baby
Travelling with a baby can be daunting, but with our expert tips, you can ensure a less stressful journey for both you and your little one.
Wherever you’re headed, travelling with your baby or toddler can be full of excitement, and is a chance to create lifelong memories. However, from what you’ll need to pack to ensuring your baby’s safety and comfort, there’s a lot to think about.
The key to travelling with a baby is preparation. Here we’ll be looking at some of those all important baby travel essentials and providing some top tips for travelling with a baby or spending time away with an active toddler. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile, here you’ll find the information you need to make your travels as stress-free as possible.
Baby Travel Essentials
When preparing for any journey with your baby or toddler, there are a few essentials that are likely to come in handy. Whilst some toys, clothes and plenty of nappies are a must, you’ll also need to think about how you’ll feed your baby on the go. Depending on where you’re going, and how long you’re going for, it’s best to ensure that you’ve got enough of the following:
- Breast pump and charger.
- Follow on or toddler milk.
- Sterilised drinking beakers.
- Sterilising equipment - if you’re likely to be away from home for a longer period.
- Handy snacks and finger foods if your baby is weaning.
- Baby spoons/bowls.
- Muslin cloths and bibs.
- Medication in case your baby gets sick.
When it comes to feeding your baby when travelling, our ready to drink liquids are easier to prepare than powdered formulations, and are ready to drink anytime, anywhere - ideal for on the go*.
For more handy hints and tips around baby travel essentials, take a look at our baby holiday checklist.
Travelling with a baby on a plane
Airports can be difficult to navigate at the best of times. Travelling with a baby is no exception. Once again, planning and preparation is important. For example, you’ll need to ensure that your baby has a valid passport, and that you have all of your travel documents securely kept to hand. In addition, you might want to book a seat with extra legroom, to make your flight a little more comfortable.
The airport experience can involve a fair bit of queuing, and in some cases, there's simply no telling how long it will be before you board your flight. As such, if your baby becomes hungry, you can breastfeed or it’s a good idea to have easy access to your baby’s Follow On or Toddler Milk, to help keep them satisfied and comfortable if they become hungry. This is a good example of a situation where our Ready to Drink liquid formats can really come in handy.
Airport security is a big consideration here. Whilst you can pack follow on and toddler milk in your luggage, be aware that it may be subject to stringent security checks, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. It also means that you won’t be able to access it once you’ve checked in.
To make things easier, Boots Pharmacy offers a convenient click and collect service at a number of airports. This enables you to order your Follow On or Toddler Milk ahead of time, so that you won’t have to worry about going through security. It’s also a great way to save space in your suitcase too.
During take-off, your baby might experience some pain in their ears due to air pressure, causing them to become upset. It’s a good idea to breastfeed or have a beaker of Follow On or Toddler Milk ready, as the sucking action can provide some relief.
Travelling with a baby on a train
Travelling with your baby by train comes with its own set of considerations, but the good news is that there are plenty of things that you can do to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.
First thing’s first; think about where you’d like to sit. Depending on the temperament of your baby, booking a seat in the quiet compartment could be a good idea. On the other hand, it may result in you being worried that your baby will disturb other passengers. Wherever you choose to sit, perhaps consider booking seats with a table that are close to the aisle and toilets. These facilities are usually near more spacious parts of the train, which can prove useful if you need to get up and walk about with your baby.
Take a look at your route. How many stops will you have, and what facilities are available? This will give you a better idea of the kinds of things you need to pack and how much of them you need.
Opting for mobile tickets is also a good idea, as it will make it easier to get through the barriers without searching for your paper copies. Most stations have a wider barrier entrance - much better when pushing a baby in a pram, or when you’ve got a lot of luggage.
Travelling with a baby by car
As with all modes of transport, travelling with your baby by car is made easier with good preparation. An appropriate car seat is an absolute must, and you should always ensure that your baby is securely strapped in, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
When planning longer trips, it’s useful to plan where you can make regular stops. From changing stations to cafes and shops, service stations are particularly good for providing the facilities you need. Regular stops whilst travelling some distance in a car is very important, as it gives your baby some time out of their car seat and you the chance to recharge.
One thing worth considering is your breakdown cover. A breakdown or a flat tire can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. Having reliable cover can prove vital when stuck on the side of the road at the best of times, but especially if you’re travelling with your baby.
Most of us will be no strangers to traffic jams, airport delays and other challenges that travelling can bring. Being well-prepared, and having all bases covered when travelling with your baby will help to ensure that your journey is not only stress-free, but enjoyable too.
Don’t forget to take a look at our baby holiday checklist, and explore our range of Ready to Drink Follow on and Toddler Milks, simply shake, pour and feed whenever your baby needs*.
*Always follow preparation instructions and storage advice.
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Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. We advise that all formula milks including the decision to start weaning should be made on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on baby’s individual needs.
Do not use if your baby has been diagnosed with a cow's milk allergy.
Use Growing Up milk as part of a varied balanced diet from 1 year.