Off on holiday with your little ones? We’ve teamed up with the baby and toddler experts at Brother Max to offer you some top travel tips and the chance to win an amazing prize bundle…
All parents know the challenges of travelling with little ones. And that includes the baby and toddler experts at Brother Max, who spend their time coming up with products to make life easier and more enjoyable for parents. They’ve given us a huge bundle of handy travel products to give away – as well as some top tips on how to stay sane while travelling with children.
There’s so much to remember when you’re off on holiday. Passports? Check. Suncream? Check. Snorkel? Check. But when you add little ones into the mix, the length of that packing list quadruples. Luckily, we’ve teamed up with Brother Max to take away the headache for you. Win our exclusive competition and the prize bundle will get the packing list for your next holiday off to a flying start. Here’s what’s up for grabs…
1 x non-contact thermometer
1 x plug-in nightlight
1 x weaning bowl set
1 x sippy cup
1 x trainer cup
1 x 2-in-1 drinks bottle
1 x weaning pot
1 x catch-and-fold bibs
1 x milk powder dispenser
1 x snack pot bowl
1 x travel spoons
To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 29th. To view the full Brother Max range, click here.
Here are 10 tips from Brother Max to make travelling with babies and toddlers that bit easier…
1. Try to plan flights and journeys around little one’s sleep or nap times. The aircraft noise is often a soothing sound and lulls them to sleep, so having a tired little one makes a good combination for achieving every parent’s goal – a sleeping baby for the majority of the flight!
2. Take off and landings can be a tricky time as cabin pressure will change as the planes ascends and descends. The best way to help is to offer a feed as this helps to regulate the pressure and any pain they might experience.
3. Keep your buggy with you for as long as possible. Most airlines allow you to check in the buggy when you board the plane. This makes travelling the airport much easier and staying in any queues more bearable.
4. If breastfeeding, it might be worth taking a modesty wrap or large clean muslin, as you might be sitting quite close to a stranger on the flight. If formula feeding, you can take sterilised water in a feeding bottles in your hand luggage. Be prepared to taste the water or milk in the bottles when going through security.
5. Most airlines allow you to take a child’s car seat as free baggage, which is great safe transport on buses, taxis or car hire. Children under 2 can travel on their parent’s lap, however if you can afford it, booking them a seat and letting them travel in their car seat will give you much more space and freedom.
6. Taking spare clothes is a must, both for adults and children. Accidents do happen and no-one wants to sit through a flight in damp or dirty clothes.
7. It is always a good idea to have a good supply of food and snacks to hand. If weaning, pouches and yoghurt tubes are handy prepared options.
8. Holidays are all about having fun and treating yourself. So why not buy something new for the little ones as a treat on the flight or car journeys. New books – colouring books and crayons or the wipe clean puzzle books are great way to keep them occupied. Busy boxes with small collectibles are great for older children. If you have a tablet, you might want to upload some new games or a movie.
9. Once you’re on your holidays, it is really important to make sure little ones are kept cool and well hydrated. Depending on where you travelling, you might prefer to stick to boiled and chilled water or use bottled water and avoid ice in drinks from restaurants and bars.
10. Night times on holiday can sometimes cause some anxiety in children as they settle into a new environment. Taking familiar items, like favourite toys, blankets and pillows will help to provide security and help reduce any fears. Nightlights are another great idea.
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