Recently we stayed with Butlin’s at their Minehead resort. While we had an amazing time there are some things that we could have done with taking and some things that made it so much easier!
So in true blogger style, I am here to share with you the things that will make it easier traveling with tots
A good lightweight pushchair
Cosatto are perfect from their design and functionality.
Even though we have two children, I have never bothered with a double pushchair. However, I knew that with all of the activities and long days that we would need one. I had to bear in mind the fact we had a 5 hour journey and a weeks worth of clothes and toys to fit in our car. So the Supa Dupa Go was perfect for this as it closed tightly and compactly but was big enough for a 7 month old and a 3 year old.
I am so happy we chose the double.
I have a close friend who has the single version of this, and is as brilliant. I may have to add that one to the list once Florence grows out of wanting to rest her tired legs.
A lightweight travel cot
We have had so many travel cots. I think we have had 4 different designs in total. All of which where resigned to the charity shop after a mighty battle with my patience. I am not sure about you, but I have always found them far too annoying and when you just want to pop it up and pop the baby in without trapping your forearm or not quite grasping the “push here, while holding this and open that” instructions. So I can wholeheartedly recommend the Baby Bjorn travel cot.
I fell a little bit in love with it when it arrived. It easily fits in the travel bag, and it has no fidgety buttons or handles. You simply take it put of its bag, unfold it easily and pop the mattress in. The simplicity is genius. This has a place in my living room still after our travels and can be easily put away at the blink of an eye.
A seat/ walker for babies
We forgot a seat for Edith, and it wasn’t too bad as we had the travel cot. However we did miss having one, the Bumbo seat is perfect for this. Mamas and Papas also do a similar version which is just as good and cheaper.
Plenty of Sweets
Unless you have magic powers, your kids will scream or question whether they are indeed ‘there’ yet during a car journey or plane journey to a holiday destination. Other alternatives to sweets are of course other food can do the trick too! Swizzles Matlow are our favourites as we are dairy and egg free so pretty much all of them are safe for us.
A toy or teddy that they have got to look after for the journey. Worked wonders for us. There are also lots of brands who can organise a pack for your little ones to keep them occupied. Keep em quiet are a brilliant company who promise to help entertain the littles on your travels.
DO NOT FORGET! We have a sound favourite with Little hotdog Watson. We got Flo her first last year and have just got one for Edith as the weather is so hot!
They have UPF 50+ protection, special mosquito repellent material which keeps heads cool (they call this the special goldilocks material).
The illustrious British sun will catch up when you least expect it. So slap on the good old suncream, and don’t bother with the ‘once a day’ stuff. You need to reapply often, especially on kids. We use Mustela as it is sensitive enough for their skin and whenever we have used it we have never been burnt. They also have a massive range of essentials we use too, apart from Suncream.
I never appreciated the usefulness of muslins as a first time mummy. I think it was probably because I only ever had those small white ones that turned a crewing gum grey colour after a couple of washes. Becoming a mum of two has highlighted not only the traditional use of a muslin, which is to either mop up milk or help cover the baby. The mama rules range is my favourite as they have the most luscious prints, but they are made with the mum in mind. they have a handy ribbon which you can tie to your bra strap if you are wanting to cover whilst feeding or if you have a fussy baby like mine. You can also use them as a quick cover up for yourself on holiday its that large.
Wipes, Wipes and more Wipes
Baby wipes are an obvious one, but we always take antibacterial wipes and spray. As an allergy mum they are an essential! Milton are our current favourites, they do exactly what they say and dry quickly too. The spray is ace for highchairs, and the wipes are so handy when the little ones drop toys/dummies.
This is in no way an exhaustive list of what to take away, you will most definitely need other things. However, these are the things that have made it easier for us.
What would you add to the list? I would love to know!