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Travelling with a Baby

Tuesday, 25 June 2019
A few months ago, I shared a post on my blog (How I Cope With A Fear Of Flying) written by my friend Becky. Since then there has been a big change in Becky's life...the arrival of her beautiful son, Jack. In between her hectic days with Jack, settling into a new flat and general Mummy responsibilities, she has kindly agreed to write another post, this time all about travelling with a baby for the first time.


I know that not everybody will be able to relate to this post, but I think we can all agree on one thing: isn't Jack the cutest!



1. Tell us a little about yourself and Jack.
I’m Becky, 24 - nearly 25 years old - with a gorgeous 15 week old baby boy born on March 2nd 2019.

2. Where did you go for your first trip?
Our first trip with Jackson was to Jersey, Channel Islands for 2 nights. We travelled by plane and it was about a 50 minute journey!

3. Why did you decide that this was the right time to travel?

We both wanted to have a small trip away and my brother recently had a baby girl just 8 weeks younger than Jackson and we were desperate to meet her! My family have an apartment in Jersey so we thought it wouldn’t be too much disruption for Jackson going somewhere brand new if everything was already in hand. As my brother had just had the baby, he already had everything over there which was so helpful! Otherwise we would have had to take about five suitcases!!

4. What was your biggest concern about travelling with a baby?

My biggest concern was disrupting Jackson's routine. I am so determined to keep this the same for him until he’s older and won’t find change so disruptive. The flight also worried me – as I don’t like flying I was worried about being able to look after him whilst being terrified myself. Jackson loves to play and he likes to be entertained so I was worried that he would get bored and there was nothing I would be able to do about it! 

5. Was there anything that was easier or harder than you expected?
The actual flight was no way near as stressful as I thought it would be! On the way out he did have a bit of a blip as he ended up being sick all over me! But on the way back he slept the entire way, which was lovely. What I expected to be hard and was ended up being my fear of flying. I found it very difficult to feed him whilst I was that nervous! We were quite lucky that my parents flew over with us so it was great to have an extra pair of hands.


6. Do you have any tips for packing?
I would definitely recommend making a list to make sure you don’t forget anything. I would say you can’t over pack for a baby!! I thought I’d done this as we were only going for two nights, but he ended up wearing everything I’d packed. You never know what might happen – a nappy explosion, sickness or weather might even change what you put the baby in! Pack for all occasions! Also dedicate a suitcase just for the baby and put things you know you’ll need at the airport and on the plane in your changing bag.

7. What was the best thing about travelling with a baby?
The best thing was definitely making memories with him and Simon, my partner. It was so exciting to go away with them both! Everything is so much better now that I have him to share it all with!

8. What was the worst thing about travelling with a baby?
Worst thing was being in such a cramped space! Jackson is a big baby and he loves to stretch out and play so not being able to do this because it was a short haul flight was quite difficult on the way there.

9. How was Jack during the flights?
I think he was very well behaved, especially on the way back! The flight there, when we got on the plane he did have a bit of a cry but it was only for a few minutes then he settled down. He was a bit more restless on the first flight but certainly nothing to complain about! We are very lucky with him :D

10. Were you given any advice?
My mum told me that I should try to feed him on take off and landing as this will stop the pressure building up in their ears, which can sometimes be the reason babies cry on planes!

Do you have any tips for parents travelling for the first time?
My tips would be to try go on a short flight for the first one – somewhere that’s no more than an hour or so! This will ease you in and you’ll be able to gage your baby’s reaction to it all. Its like a dummy run!

Also, don’t worry too much about what other people think – if your baby is crying just concentrate on them. The other passengers will certainly survive a crying baby! And more often than not, a lot of them will have experienced travelling with a baby themselves, so will hopefully be sympathetic. I would also say maybe trying staying in a self accommodating place for the first time, as you’ll find it much easier to keep your baby in its own routine – rather than relying on hotel services! And  just try to relax and enjoy it – they aren’t babies for long!






1 comment :

  1. Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot.

    Will there be a part 2?

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