Traveling With Little Ones


Half term is upon us, and I'm sure there are many families packing up their cars and setting off for lots of day trips at the beach, or even staycations. I know that we are heading off on holiday in September - not sure why I thought it would be a good idea travelling with a toddler and a baby, but we are excited all the same. Britax Romer has put together some top tips to help make travelling with a little one as smooth as possible because we all know it can be a little daunting, so I thought that I would share them with you.


Games and gadgets
Classic car games are perfect for entertaining children, and the oldies are still the goodies. I-Spy and 'spot the yellow car' are great games to bring fun, and a little competition to any car journey. However, if hours of travel games begin to take their toll on your sanity, portable DVD players or tablets will help to occupy their attention and bring some golden silence to the back seat. Just remember to pack headphones, and a stash of DVDs, oh and don't forget to make sure all devices are fully charged before you set off.

Preparation is key!
Make sure you prepare in advance for a long journey with children and babies. Nothing will exacerbate stress more than being unprepared. From packing the car the night before and making sure that all car seats are correctly fitted ahead of the journey, to making sure you have a  good awareness of the route you are taking - it will all help on the day.

Hey Mr DJ
Prior to the trip, put together a family playlist with a few of everyone's favourites to keep the whole family happy - that way there won't be too many nursery songs or dad's 'golden oldies' on repeat. A wide variety is good, and don't worry, your little one isn't going to judge your taste or vocal abilities.


Comfort is key
We all know that comfort equals happiness no matter what your age, so bring any favourite teddies, pillows and blankets to make the car as snug as possible for your little ones. Ensuring you have the right car seat is also vital and there are many online tools to help, including Britax's Fit Finder, which takes into consideration car type, as well as your child's age and weight. For younger babies, Britax's new BABY-SAFE i-SIZE provides the best in safety and comfort and is even available in two new summer colours, coral peach and lagoon green - perfect road trip essentials.

Service stations are your friends
Take breaks! It is recommended that your child has frequent breaks during car journeys and smaller babies should only be sat in a car seat for a maximum of two hours. Use this as an opportunity to get out of the car, take in some fresh air and stretch your legs. Maybe even stop for a snack and a cuddle - especially on long journeys.

Food glorious food
A hungry traveller is seldom a happy traveller. Bring a good spread of snacks or pre-prepared bottles will keep tummies full and keep mouths and hands busy too. Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can, once the food is finished it is likely your little chatterboxes will be back in action once again!

I would love to know your handy tips from traveling with little ones, I know that snacks and distrations have helped us massively on long car journeys - and air conditioning! Nothing better than air conditioning in a car when it is a hot day.

- collaborative post

11 comments

  1. Food is the biggest one for us. If the kids have food (bribes) we are in for an easier trip! God help us if they get hungry!!

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  2. Love these tips - snacks and preparation is key in our house. If we're not organised then something always gets forgotten!

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  3. Preparation and comfort is key. It can be so hard travelling with little ones.

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  4. Yes being organised really helps, we've traveled with babies and toddlers and sometimes I think they were the easiest holidays we had!

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  5. We play yellow car, although it has morphed into something a bit more complicated as the kids get older

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  6. That's a great idea to make a playlist for the car journey, we might have to try this trick!

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  7. We plan our rest breaks for all journeys over 2 hours. We also time journeys to coincide with potential naps and avoid meal times

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  8. This is such an amazing list! Preparation is definitely the key! You can never be too prepared :P
    And comfort clothing is the best thing ever!

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  9. Great tips, I like breaking up journeys with service stations and my little boy will always travel with some favourite toys

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  10. Great tips! We love sticking some tunes on and having a good sing along!

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  11. We always try to be organised whenever we travel. Having spare toys, blankets, drinks and snacks pay dividends when the boredom inevitably sets in.
    (Craig helping out)

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