Its the Summer holidays and we’ve just booked a holiday abroad! I am so excited Ive been wanting to go away all year, but then it suddenly occurred to me – we will have a three month old when we travel! Flying with a baby is whole new experience for us. Although we have been away with Monkey even flying transatlantic last year, we never flew with him when he was a baby. Eek!
The first time we flew with Monkey it was just before he turned two and we went to Turkey. We picked our flight times carefully and since he was still napping he spent most of the flight sleeping. Unfortunately on the way back we were delayed so entertained Monkey in the soft play. Big mistake, he did something to his foot and came out crying, but we assumed all okay when he went back in after a cuddle. Needless to say he wore himself out but when he woke on the plane he howled! Panicked as a little out of character we quickly realised his foot had swollen up. Poor thing – ever tried changing a toddler on a plane when he can’t stand up? I wouldn’t recommend it. We headed straight to A&E once we had landed, thankfully after x-rays and a long wait the verdict was that it wasn’t broken just sprained. Not really the ideal end to a holiday. For the record that (touch wood) has been his first and last injury resulting from soft play – typical.
Our flight to Canada with Monkey when he was three actually turned out to be a real breeze. I wrote a post here about my top tips for flying transatlantic with a three year old and to sum it up in one word – Play Dough! Honestly the best inflight entertainment you can buy.
But what about flying with a baby? Hopefully we have made our lives a little easier by choosing a destination that is only two hours away, our flight times are sensible none of this flying late into the night and we’ve gone with a well known company to an all-inclusive resort.
The only thing we can’t control is the weather, although warm it shouldn’t be too hot as we are staying in Northern Europe. We have also upgraded our and Monkey’s luggage to give us plenty of packing space for Kipper. As a baby he doesn’t get any of his own so I am hoping our extra weight will be enough.
Naturally my thoughts have now turned to what I need to stock up on, this is by no means an extensive list, its just some thoughts around products that will make my life easier while we are away.
- As Kipper will be three months old and is a large baby I am going to get him a Floatseat. I can’t wait to see Kippers face when he goes in the pool for the first time.
- Outfits, we don’t have any Summer clothing in age 3-6 months as Monkey was born two months later in the year. Kipper will be out off the Summer clothing we do have so I intend on stocking up on these lovely little romper suits.
- Koo-di Sun and Sleep Pop-Up Travel Basinette is so on my list for a mere £25. Not only will be a great place for Kipper to sleep and save me having to worry about the cleanliness of the travel cot. It will also provide a safe space for nap time by the pool and at the beach.
- Our baby carrier, being a second child Kipper spends a lot of time in his sling. I can not imagine it being any different while on holiday. Its an easy way to transport him around the airports and means we can check the buggy in with the suitcases, rather than juggling it to the gate.
- Muslin Blankets, the item I buy all my first time mummy friends. I could not live without these. Although hot outside the hotel room will have air conditioning so these will provide warmth when needed. Along with all the other uses I wrote about in my Giant Muslin post.
- SnoozeShade Original – Stroller Blind I can’t live without this in the Summ
er, we had one for Monkey which went everywhere with us. Being universal it will fit pretty much all strollers as long as you can thread the velcro through. With all the publicity on social media surrounding using blankets for this purpose its defiantly worth investing in and it provides UPF50+ sun protection.
You can find other essentials here on the Asda website. Of course I will also be packing other essentials such as mosquito nets, repellant (a natural one suitable for babies and Monkey’s skin), swim nappies and the highest factor sun cream I can find! Asda are running a campaign #TravelwithGeorge this Summer and have some great content on their blog aiming to reduce the stress of flying with children which you can read here.
Do you have any products you couldn’t live without while away? I would love to hear your essentials in the comments below.
This post was written in collaboration with Asda, I received products in return, all words are my own.