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Travel Tips

Carry a large dark pashmina-style scarf with you. It can be used for discrete breastfeeding, for aiding sleep in stimulating places, as a pillow, a blanket, or even a bag.


When in large shops with lots of distractions, children feel the need to hold or touch things. You can offer them something to hold during the visit which they then put back before leaving. This helps them experience the newness around them while sating their sensory needs.


When going on holiday abroad, take a set of stacking cups and an inflatable paddling pool. You can then bring a bit of the pool/sea to the side of your loungers on the beach. Kids will happily play for hours close by and you don't have to worry about them trying to get in the deep water the whole time. Stacking cups too have a multitude of uses on a beach - building, scooping, digging, making castles, hiding shells, pouring water, collecting treasures - and are more compact than a bucket and spade in your suitcase.


Buy a family rail card. Whilst you don't actually have to buy a child's ticket until they are 5, getting a third off the total price of an adult and child fair is cheaper than paying the full adult fair and you have a guaranteed seat for your child on busy trains!


If you use homeopathy, Arnica is handy for air travel (take one as you board) and you can get jet lag remedies from Ainsworth suitable for children.


Tie a favourite toy to the car seat with some wool or string to prevent it being dropped repeatedly.


In the UK, children under 5 do not pay for, or are allocated a train seat. Only two children under the age of 5 can travel free with each adult. Children 5-16 years pay a child fare and can reserve a seat.


Always have some spare nappies and wipes as well as spare trousers and socks/tights in the car as a back-up supply (wellies always come in useful too!)


When flying take enough nappies in your hand luggage to see you through in the event of a delay or unexpected lay over. A lightweight foldable travel changing mat is handy too for aeroplanes and terminals.


When travelling my plane, divide your child's clothes between all your suitcases that get checked in so that if one goes missing you aren't stuck without all your baby items.


When flying longhaul, consider the pros and cons of sitting over the bulkhead. You won't be able to have your bags on the floor in front of you and your tray will be in the arm of your chair (and sometimes these arms don't lift). However, the bulkhead gives a little extra space for children to crawl and stand by your feet and you have the option of the bassinet for young babies (you are also near the toilets).


Take an empty sippy cup for drinking on the (possibly bumpy) plane. You can fill it airside after security control.


Offer breastmilk (or other drink) on take off and landing to calm baby and help them equalibrise their ears.


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