Five things I’ve learned about travelling with a baby

After writing all about our packing escapades on Monday, I thought I’d share what we learned from four days away with Little M. At the very least it might save one reader a bit of time/space in the car!

1) We shouldn’t have bothered taking the Snüzpod. Despite Little M sleeping through for several nights before we went away, we discovered after several sleepless hours trying to replicate this with her Snüzpod in a Premier Inn that in fact all she wanted was to sleep in her pram carrycot.

Yep, sparko as soon as her head hit the mattress for around seven hours straight. We spent the rest of the break needlessly wedging the Snüzpod in the car.

2) An electric cool box which works on both 12v and mains is the best invention known to man when you’re on the move and need to store that precious breast milk. It would appear you’re not supposed to leave them plugged in for four days straight though. Who knew?!

3) We definitely made the right decision in not taking the baby bath. I just third-filled the hotel room bath and bathed her in that – in fact she loved it as we had more space to swoosh about.

4) I hate Milton. Hate it. To be fair cold water sterilising actually made the whole process faster, but I hated that everything smelt like a swimming pool and felt like I was feeding Little M chemicals. I think I’d even consider taking my microwave next time. It can fill the space left by the Snüzpod!

5) Be prepared to add at least 50% more time onto your journey. Google maps told us it would take 4hrs 21 minutes to complete our 241-mile journey. We arrived home two stops and 6hrs 45 minutes later. And that was with clear roads on the whole.

As an aside, I also discovered that I have lost some of my inhibitions and can pump away from home more easily now. This past week I have expressed in hotel rooms, pub toilets and the front seat of the car at Fleet services on the M3, with a muslin to cover my modesty. I do often wonder what passers-by must think I’m doing with my hands…

What are your top tips for travelling with a baby?

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16 Comments

  1. August 20, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Oh, the timing thing is a MUST. I usually try and leave at least 75% more time than it *should* take to get anywhere and NC is nearly one! You did well my girl, you did well 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Jules
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      August 21, 2016 / 6:18 am

      Haha, thank you! We made sure we didn’t have to be anywhere by a certain time on any day that we were travelling, so that helped to take the stress out of it!

  2. August 21, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Sound like you did excellently! I never thought about a plug in cool box – genius! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. x

    • Jules
      Author
      August 21, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      It was brilliant although apparently it charges up so you don’t need to have it plugged in all the time…who knew?! x

  3. Helen @ Little Owl Gift Baskets
    August 21, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    It’s amazing how much stuff you need to take with you isn’t it? It hasn’t got better even though our son’s 2 now, add a newborn into the mix, and we need a bigger car! Completely agree about it taking so much longer to get places too. #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      Author
      August 21, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      We’ve already bought a bigger car; I think we’d need a roof box if we had a second child!! x

  4. August 21, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    We are travelling with toddlers at the moment but did a lot of camping when or eldest was little. Milton is the worst smell ever! We took 6 bottles with us sealed and pre sterilised, which I researched could last for 24hrs. Then suffered with the Milton when using formula. Try checking but I believe that as breast milk is sterile you don’t need to have sterelised bottles!?? I never did,but obviously do what you feel confidant doing. Formula is non-sterile so bottles always need sterelising. #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      Author
      August 21, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      I have heard this recently so asked my health visitor friend earlier. She said breast milk is still milk and bacteria can still grow in it, so it’s always safer to sterilise.

  5. August 21, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Oh yes, been there with the pumping – in the passenger seat of car while hubby driving down a motorway was one highlight! Needs must. I hear you on the Milton, glad to be done with all that! #KCACOLS

  6. August 24, 2016 / 2:51 am

    aww sounds like you had things sorted. lol re taking the microwave. I used to think that too as the Milton tabs do stink. when we went abroad, we had an apartment with a microwave and we were able to take these cool sterilising bags. very handy #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      Author
      August 24, 2016 / 3:17 am

      Yes! We use microwave sterilising bags at home and think they’re great. I think if we were to go on holiday again we’d definitely rent a holiday cottage or apartment so we could do the same. The bags take up much less space in the car, too!

  7. August 24, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I’m gearing up for a 8 hour trip with a 6-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a 2-month-old. I remember travelling with my 4-year-old when he was an infant and getting him to sleep was almost impossible. #KCAOLS

    • Jules
      Author
      August 24, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      It sounds like we were really lucky with Little M then! I hope your trip goes smoothly.

  8. August 25, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    I’m trying to remember what I did with my son’s bottles when we went away when he was a few months old, I know we didn’t use Milton though, and after reading your description of it I’m glad we didn’t, haha! x #KCACOLS

  9. August 27, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Our first trip with piglet was nearly 4hrs and he shocked us by sleeping the whole way so we just fired down in one go – a miracle! I used the carrycot from his pram for that trip too and he was quite happy #kcacols

    • Jules
      Author
      August 27, 2016 / 11:40 pm

      Yep I’m starting to think it was overkill packing the Snüzpod…but Little M sleeps in it so well at home! Glad you had a good journey.

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