Top Tips For A Stress-Free Journey With Your Little One

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As the spring weather finally brings us some warmer days, it is an ideal time to start getting out and about and enjoying new sights. If you have a little one, this can be a wonderful time as you introduce them to the delights of the great outdoors. However, travelling with babies and toddlers can undoubtedly be a stressful experience at times!

With some planning and preparing to make sure that you have the right kit with you, it’s possible to smooth over those inevitable hiccups and have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Here are some top tips and suggestions.

Wait until your baby is at least two to three months old

There’s no strict rules about when you can travel with your baby, but some childcare experts recommend waiting until they are at least two to three months old. This means that they are strong enough to have built up an immune system that can handle different environments. You’ll also feel more settled into your role as a parent, particularly if it’s your first-born.

However, this age can coincide with your baby’s first teeth emerging. Teething can cause discomfort, and you may notice that your little one is more irritable than usual and finds it difficult to sleep. Other signs of teething include chewing on objects, flushed cheeks, a slight temperature, and drooling.

If you do have a fretful teething baby, you can discuss with your pharmacist whether giving them a mild painkiller such as paracetamol would be a good solution. However, many parents prefer to use natural alternatives, such as raw Baltic amber teething necklaces

These are not designed to be items of jewellery, despite the beautiful rich colours and translucent texture of amber. They have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, because amber is formed from the protective resin that trees produce to seal breaks and cuts in their wood. 

Some of this antimicrobial and analgesic compound is released from the amber as the necklace is warmed by the baby’s skin, helping to ease their discomfort. 

Pack a bag of essentials

Think about everything you will need for your baby’s changing bag, such as nappies, wipes, a changing mat, feeding bottles, pre-mixed formulas, or snacks if your baby is weaned. A spare set of clothes is always useful for those accidental leaks and spills. 

Take their favourite toy so that they have something familiar to keep them comforted and amused on the journey. Audio entertainment such as songs, stories, and nursery rhymes will also help to settle little ones on a long car journey. 

Plan breaks at least every two hours

If you are going on a long car journey, try to plan the travelling times around your baby’s nap times, and factor in breaks at least every two hours. The NHS advises that a baby should not be left in a car seat for more than two hours at a time, because it can heighten the risk of breathing difficulties.

Plan family-friendly rest areas, and give your baby some fresh air and let toddlers run around and stretch their legs. 

Plan for all weathers

The weather can still be unpredictable at this time of year, and it’s possible to set out in bright warm sunshine, only for it to turn cold, wet, and windy within an hour or two, and vice versa. Therefore, dress your child in removable layers, and bring a warm jumper, waterproof coat, sunhat, vest, and sunscreen. 

If you have a lovely long stroll with the buggy planned, it might be worth researching the location to see if there are any indoor attractions you can visit as a backup, just in case the heavens open…also make sure that any walks you have planned are accessible for a pram or pushchair, or investigate alternative methods of transporting your baby, such as slings.

Relax and accept that it won’t all be plain sailing

A trip with little ones will rarely go exactly as planned, but if you stay calm and relaxed despite this, you will have a better quality experience. Children can easily pick up on our moods, and if they sense that you are uptight and on edge, they are more likely to be irritable and uncooperative.

Be patient with your kids, because it’s all new and the change in a predictable routine is potentially stressful for them. Remember that you are there to enjoy yourselves, so go with the flow and don’t sweat about every little hiccup along the way.