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What to Pack for a Holiday with a Baby or Toddler

Going away as a family is bound to create lots of memories you’ll remember for years to come. But it’s always those things you’d rather forget that keep being brought up again and again. No need to cringe every time you think about Sally’s nappy explosion where you were left nappy-less and unprepared. You won’t be covering your face at the memory of Jimmy having a full-blown meltdown by the pool because he’s finally remember his teddy is thousands of miles away on another continent. Why? Because we’ve thought of all those items you need to pack when going on holiday with a baby or toddler.

 

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How to Entertain Your Children Abroad

Going to a new place is exciting. Admittedly, though, a short attention span means your child may be less enthused by the idea of a new place with endless adventure. We don’t understand either. So it’s a good idea to pack a few essentials. Include their favourite toys, as they’ll likely be wailing for it as soon as you touchdown on foreign soil. You should also buy a few new toys. New toys will have a longer lifetime before they’re unceremoniously labelled boring and discarded.

For hot locations, why not buy cheap water guns? Sets of figurines of their favourite characters or cars are also great for something that doesn’t take up too much space but offers hours of fun. In dire situations, just give them the iPad. Loading up a tablet with games and films is a great way to occupy during the flight. Turns out it’s just as good when they’re driving you mad and you just want 10 minutes of peace to lie in the sun.

 

Be Prepared with Kids Clothing

Don’t take any chances. Accidents happen and that’s why you might find yourself packing an extra top for yourself. When it comes to kids, accidents happen quite a lot. When it comes to packing, squeeze in as many extra outfits as you can, as well as nappies – or pants if you’re in the midst of the joy that is potty training. It also goes without saying that you should pack those few additional items for yourself, too. Because who knows, their accident may be one they’d like to share, and you want to avoid washing at all costs whilst on your relaxing (?) family holiday.

 

Take Baby Food on Holiday

Realistically you may only be thinking as far ahead as the flight in terms of what you can and can’t take, but you should also look beyond security checks and restrictions. Especially when travelling with a baby, formula milk and baby food might not be as accessible in the country you’re visiting, or it may not agree with your child. Depending on what stage you’re at, it’s likely best to cater for the worst-case scenario and ensure you’ve brought supplies so your child doesn’t go hungry.

Bring jars of baby food, easily tucked and protected in the folds of your clothes in hold luggage, as well as enough formula milk to see you through. If you’re concerned about luggage allowance, you can always click and collect at a branch within the airport. By click and collecting, it also means you can benefit from great savings using websites like Discount Promo Codes on Boots or Superdrug orders. Get money off your online order but benefit from the ease of picking up right when you need it.

 

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Remember to Take a Pram

You may ‘um’ and ‘ah’ about whether or not to take the pram away with you, especially if you have a toddler. Future you will be grateful though if you just bite the bullet and take it. It’s worth calling ahead if you’re staying in a hotel to see if they provide them, but if not you’ll be prepared for a tired sensitive toddler and avoid walking at a snail’s pace at the hottest point of the day. When it comes to extra charges in your luggage allowance, it’s worth taking a look at the airline you’re flying with. For example, EasyJet allows you to take two items free of charge when travelling with under 5s, from pushchairs to car seats and other options. British Airways also allows you to take a pushchair for free with your checked baggage.

 

What Swimming Essentials Do You Need for Your Child?

It would be a nightmare to forget your swimming essentials. No one goes abroad and doesn’t make the most of the pool facilities. With a little one, there are a number more items needed than just your swimming cossie. For babies, you’ll likely want to bring their swim float. You can buy rings that they’re able to comfortably sit and bob along in. For toddlers, arm bands give them some independence as they splash around in the pool. It also goes without saying to stock up on swimming nappies. No one wants to be evacuating the pool in a hurry and, much like regular nappies, you’ll have more peace of mind knowing you’re well supplied rather than risking seeing what you can pick up whilst you’re away.

When travelling with little ones, the main piece of advice to stick to is to come prepared. We can all collectively agree mum’s are better off being overpacked and overprepared than left in a sticky situation – quite literally. Make the most of the weight allowance you have and even ensure you’re getting the most out of your hand luggage, too. Sacrificing an extra pair of your shoes is a worthy loss to avoid a Sally poo-nami after all.

What do you pack for a holiday with a baby to toddler? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Kids Section – Surviving Pre School

The kids are wrapping up pre school in the next few days and I am super excited. Surviving pre school was a roller coaster. They have been at pre school for almost 2 years now. And they are heading off to BIG school in Sept, yay!  We are all super excited for them going to Reception. They are the older ones in their class, so they are quite prepared for the big change. But I think I will need to prepare myself a little more. And get the tissues ready for their graduation ceremony. I am sure there will be LOTS of happy tears flowing down.

Surviving pre school was tricky but easy at the same time. It was easy in the sense that the kiddies love school in general and well quite happy to be there. But it was also tricky because they are kids at the end of the day. And on some days, they can’t be bothered to play pre school.

 

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These 2 cuties have grown before my very eyes. I remember their first few months in pre school and how they decided they were no longer interested in going when the novelty wore off. Learning to feed, potty training and increasing their vocabulary all happened are some of the big changes that happened in the last few years. I am already looking forward to see how they would both excel at Reception and beyond.

I know it is still quite early but we have already started getting ready for primary school. So the uniform shopping has started, as well as all the other back to school essentials. I recently reviewed some name sticker labels, which we will be sticking on all their belongings in time for September. I like to plan well in advance and get everything done early to avoid the last-minute chaos.

 

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How we survived pre school

School can be hard work for kids, parents and teachers. Which is why it makes sense to take certain precautions. Here are some ways that helped us survive pre school.

 

We stayed on top of vaccinations and hygiene

I made sure we stayed on top of all our vaccinations. School is a breeding ground for all sorts of illness. So being on top of all vaccinations and keep the kids very clean does help reduce the chances of them getting very ill. Daily baths are important especially when they go to school. I find it shockingly that some kids only baths once or twice a week. A quick face and hand wash does not count as a proper bath. It won’t get rid of all the dirt they have rolled in during the day at school.

 

Buy cheap clothes and shoes

Buying cheap clothes and shoes for the kids to wear to pre school or nursery is a way to survive it. Trust me on this one. Your bank balance would thank you for it.  You won’t want your kids messing up their pricey pieces with paints and dirt. So ensure you send them to school with cheap play clothes and shoes you don’t mind them ruining.

 

Ensure the kids get the right amount of sleep and eat healthy

Bedtime is 7pm. It has been 7pm since the kiddies were babies and it has definitely helped their growth and development. Kids love routine, so that has been a plus as well. The right amount of sleep and a balanced diet does help children and adults deal with the demands of life. So ensure your kids get these basic requirements.

 

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We are looking forward to Reception and the changes it brings. Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiddies Go To Farm

We had a very busy weekend. The kiddies went for their swimming classes, played for hours in the garden splashing in the pool, playing with bubbles, football and letting loose in the sun. And we ended the fun weekend with a trip to our local farm – Stockley Farm, in Cheshire, which was a lovely experience. How was your weekend?

 

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Thoughts on Stockley Farm

It was good fun. The weather was dead warm at almost 30 degrees. And the kiddies were loving it. This was our first trip to a farm as a family and I was well impressed. The trip to the farm started with a tractor ride which was the highlight of the day. Then we had the opportunity to go round the farm, popping into the many animal barns to see the animals. The kids even got the opportunity to feed some of them. It was a good family day out for sure. We will be doing it again for sure. There are quite a few farms around us in Cheshire, which we will be exploring this summer.

 

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There was also a soft play available, and a playground which was a nice surprise. I didn’t think the farm would have all those as well but it did, and it kids made sure they made the most of them.

 

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Days out are always fun for the whole family when done right and this was a great experience all around. I really liked the fact that the tractors that took us to and fro the farm were both prompt. Since we had to park our car in a car park a mile away from the farm, and catch the tractor. The last thing I wanted was to hang around waiting for a tractor. But thankfully we didn’t have to.

 

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Have you ever visited a local farm? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

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