How to make travelling easier with little ones
13 July 2015 | Toby
Travelling on holiday can be a stressful time even more so with toddlers and small babies. We have yet to venture on a long haul flight with our three, going to Spain is as far as we dare!
There are some ways of helping to make the experience more bearable:
Our Myreen Young Sleepeeze drops are great when going away. These organic drops smell divine. We've used them for many years for ourselves and our children. Pop a couple of drops on the pillow before bed time, or if they are very little on a tissue by their cot and the blend of organic lavender, vertiver, valerian and chamomile essential oils help you drift off to sleep as well as providing a calming influence. When you are on holiday you can use a few drops on the plane and also when you arrive at your destination - this gives your little ones a familiar smell to help settle them.
Travelling with small babies who are teething is when teething jewellery such as Smart Mum Teething Bling and Jellystone Designs comes into its own. The mum wears it (looks stylish!) and always has something for the little one to chew on - perfect for on the plane, waiting in long queues at the airport. No more dropped or missing teethers. This is far better than chewing on parts of the aeroplane or items that have been near the floor and harbouring plenty of germs. Another good idea is the range of natural rubber teethers - rubber is naturally antibacterial so less likely to make your baby sick and can easily be sterilised and washed.
Organic Monkey's Cheek Rub gets rave reviews, at times of need rub a few drops of the organic Arnica, Sweet Almond, Olive and Sunflower oils with organic Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Spearmint essential oils to help calm and relieve the symptoms. Simply massage on to their cheeks, the process should help relax them and hopefully you.
Remember to keep your children and you well hydrated - planes are often warm and the air is dehydrating. Given the limits on the amount of liquids you can take on a plane is low remember to stock up at the airport after you have gone through customs, its usually cheaper than buying on budget airlines. Amazon has plenty of Foldable drinking bottles, so buy a big bottle and decant into these small bottles, you can then check each child is drinking enough. Also useful when on holiday and you are out and about.
Last year our son chose the worst times to need his nappy changed and I am sure it will be the same this year, make sure you have plenty of nappies and wipes to hand on board, ideally keep them near the top of bag that's by you rather than rummaging around in the overhead lockers while all the other passengers pass out from the smell (again another use for the sleepeeze drops as they can help provide a more agreeable smell!
It doesnt take long for boredom to kick in, we always try and get a window seat but with three children it often causes arguments over who will sit there so magazines and activities such as 100 Things for Little Children to do on a Journey are a good idea.
As much as we try and avoid them we often find the ipad is a good way of passing the time (just make sure it's fully charged!) Childrens tablets offer cheaper and more child friendly options.