We are delighted to have Cara Sayer, creator and founder of the SnoozeShade to share her top tips for fuss-free flying with babies and children to help those of you heading off en famille or reassure those of you who are perhaps nervous of committing to a holiday with little ones in tow. Cara knows more than a thing or two about travelling and ensuring sleep for all parties along the way having invested the SnoozeShade to combat the well known challenge that is getting a child to sleep during the day with mixed success draping muslins, blankets and even jackets over prams whilst out and about at home or on holiday. Being on holiday adds to the challenge sun and insect protection as well as ventilation and keeping baby cool.
Frustrated with the absence of an effective solution Cara launched her SnoozeShade in March 2010 and the original and additional versions for prams, infant car seats and travel cots are now on sale around the world helping parents from London to Sydney ensure they have a happy well rested baby. Here are Cara’s tips for a smooth journey and holiday away from home:
Be flexible and be prepared
When you’re travelling with children everything will take longer so try to make life easier for yourselves so you don’t have to rush. If you can, check in online beforehand, get to the airport well ahead of time so you have plenty of time for toilet, feeding and changing breaks. Be prepared for delays at the airport – keep your pushchair with you until you board, have snacks and some toys or games to entertain your little ones depending on their ages. If your plane is very delayed, a SnoozeShade has been a lifesaver for many a parent in a busy airport allowing baby to sleep easily when needed in the pram or pushchair.
Pack for every event (and then some)
We travelled a lot with my daughter when she was tiny and I found a surprise friend in the humble nappy bag. They are really useful for every situation. A nappy explosion? Seal up dirty clothes. Bottle of milk spills? Seal up in the nappy bag. A pack of wipes is always handy. Take a few sachets of Calpol in case you need it in transit. Buy a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel in case you get stuck somewhere with less than desirable toilets. Pack plenty of spare tops and bottoms as accidents will happen and layers for when it’s chilly that can be taken off when it’s warmer. Pack a spare t-shirt or top for yourself too as you will not want to sit with spit up on your shoulder for several hours.
Timing is everything
If you can try and time flights with naptime and bedtime. Feed babies during take-off and landing as it helps release pressure in their ears naturally. One thing I learned travelling with my daughter is that children can stay awake for the whole flight but it’s quite common for them to fall asleep when the plan lands (an air stewardess told me on a flight to Spain once).
Ask for help
Don’t be embarrassed if your baby cries, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from air staff or other passengers – particularly if you’re flying by yourself with baby. Chat to the flight attendants and see if they have any tips – they will have seen it all before. They can help you in many ways – bring you water to mix up a bottle, dispose of dirty nappies, grab something out of your bag in the overhead and even hold your baby so you can take a trip to the bathroom.
Beat on-board boredom with a goody bag
For babies pack a goody bag of items that they know and love. A couple of small toys, a small puzzle, a pack of crayons and a colouring book.
For older children, have a gadget on hand that can entertain them. I have rented some cheap and cheerful films from iTunes for flights and my daughter has been happily entertained for a couple of hours.
Load up for snack attacks
I don’t think my daughter has ever eaten a plane meal so ensure you have snacks for the journey. You are allowed to take a reasonable amount of baby milk, sterilised water (must be in a baby bottle), and baby food to last a journey. Sachets of baby food are good as they can be resealed. If you’re using baby milk then you can also buy pre-sterilised teats to go into small ready made formula cartons. I always used to take a sterilising microwave bag with me just in case I was able to use it when needed as it takes up hardly any space. For older children you can buy them sandwiches at the airport, yoghurts and other treats so you save on packing it at home.
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