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We're All Going On A Summer Holiday

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Days out, Kids Activities , Tags: car, games, journies, safety, travel

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Whether its some long distance driving in England to stay with family or friends or a full blown European motoring vacation, the thought of taking children on a long car journey can seem a great idea when costing out the family holiday, but as the day approaches it seems more and more daunting. 

The secret to a successful trip is to invest some time before you set off so you're prepared and ready to entertain, challenge and keep happy those delightful little passengers strapped in their cosy car seats in the back row.

  • Think kids: The most important thing is to remember that they are only kids.  They may not be interested in alpine skylines or breathtaking sea scape.  Think about how they see things and try to think like them.
  • Prepare the car: Before you go, have a good clear out of the car inside.  Get rid of old crayons and rubbish tucked in between the seats.  Throw away scrappy colouring books and freshen up the whole car.  Get the kids helping clear up and polish, wipe and scrub away the year's mess and rubbish that may have accumulated.  Give the car a good vacuum and clean the outside too.  This way you'll feel much more ready to hit the road!
  • Supplies: Make sure you have wipes, plasters, first aid kits etc on board just in case.  Plus emergency drinks, sucky sweets (in case of feeling a bit car sick).  Also you may wish to think about blankets, pillows, torch, fire extinguisher and jump leads... just in case!
  • Safety inside the car: Keep the back of the car clear of any baggage or things rolling around, if you can.  Get a good holder to keep all the supplies together and safe.
  • Treats: Ration the treats and entertainment you bring along.  Don't use up all your good ideas before you even hit the motorway.
  • Entertainment:
    1. Take some different coloured mega blocks and can see if the children can arrange them in order when you shout out the colours.  So, say, red, blue green and see how long it takes them to assemble accordingly. For babies, just getting them to play with a couple of block can easily amuse them
    2. Bubbles - blow bubbles (especially good for babies).
    3. Balls - to have a run about and play in the open air when you stop.
    4. Books - old favourites and perhaps a few new ones.  CDs of spoken books are great too.
    5. Post it notes - allow them to write notes and stick them everywhere!  Easily removed and their arms won't stretch too high to obscure the driver's view.
    6. Make up a story inspired by what you see outside.
    7. Wool, hole punch and old birthday cards - get the children to punch hold, then thread with the wool.


Flying with Children

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Parenting, Days out , Tags: flying, holiday, plane, tips, travel

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According to a recent study, one in five parents will not fly with their children on holiday purely because it is too stressful. Six out of ten said their children could not sit still for more than 30 minutes on a plane and nearly half are worried that their child might suffer from air-sickness.  Showing a concern for other travellers 46% feared their little ones would upset other passengers and 34% were worried that their babies would cry.

  • Comforters: pack them in your hand luggage and bring them out if you need to; favourite toys or story books, a bottle or drink may also help.
  • Don’t mislead children: tell them the truth about how ling the flight is so they are prepared for a long one if it is going to be a long one.
  • Try not to get stressed in front of them - even if you are delayed or there are problems.  They will pick up on it.
  • Tell them in advance what it might be like: ie. no walking around or jumping on the seats!
  • Stagger your entertainment: don't bring all the treats, toys, ideas for games out at once!  Stagger them if you can.
  • Snacks: bring lots of nice food (for you and the little ones!) to keep everyone happy, especially if the children might not like the look of the food available on the plane.
  • Timing: allow lots more time for things as it will take more time with little ones in tow.


Baby Travel: Flying

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Babies, Parenting , Tags: airline, airplane, baby, regulations, safety, travel

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Flying with a baby offers a whole new experience for regular travellers, but it's perfectly possible to take your little ones on planes for holiday or for general travel.  Airlines have many rules and regulations to enhance safety so it's important that you contact your airline before travelling to make sure that you are going to comply with their requirements.  Rules between airlines differ, so if you've travelled before with a baby on a different airline, don't assume the same rules apply.

Some airlines have a minimum age before they will take babies, this could be anything up to a month.  They also won't carry poorly children: if your baby has a hint of illness, take them to your doctor and seek professional medical advice.  Babies will probably have to sit in an adult lap, but airlines can often only accommodate one such passenger in each row because of the additional safety equipment in the plane.

When booking, see if you can arrange a flight around a nap time; having your baby sleep through the flight could make the journey that much easier!  Also, try to check in and reserve seats online in advance so that you can book good seats.  You should be able to board the plane before other passengers which also helps.  Many, but not all, airlines will take baby equipment at no extra charge - car seats, travel cots and strollers.  Make sure you know the allowances before arriving at the airport.

Flying with a baby can be challenging, but it's quite possible, and it would be a shame not to go on holiday or visit relatives just because you're worried about the experience.



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