The holiday season is upon us, and for many families, that means it’s time to embark on memorable adventures. But let’s be honest – travelling with infants, babies or toddlers can be a bit daunting. However, with the right preparations and a few savvy tricks, you can transform family travels into joy-filled experiences without the stress. Here are our five key tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey with your little ones.
1. Arrange your stay smartly
Before packing your bags, check if your accommodation provides baby essentials like a cot, baby bathtub or steriliser to reduce the number of items you need to bring on your trip. Do not forget to bring your child’s bedsheets or lovey from home to create a comforting and familiar sleep environment while on the go – remember, a well-rested baby is a happy baby!
2. Prepare for flight time
Here comes the real challenge: flying with a baby! Babies don’t know how to pop their ears, which can make take-off and landing uncomfortable for them. Allowing them to feed from a bottle or enjoy some snacks during these times can help alleviate the pressure in their ears. Choosing an anti-colic bottle like the Hegen PCTO™ Feeding Bottle PPSU can enhance your little one’s comfort during the journey by reducing the likelihood of tummy troubles. You can also pack their favourite snacks in our air-tight Hegen PCTO™ Breast Milk Storage PPSU to keep the munchies fresh and organised.
3. Simply breastfeeding
Breastfeeding on the go can be made simpler with the portable and lightweight Hegen PCTO™ Double Electric Breast Pump (SoftSqround) by your side. Its clever design transforms Hegen bottles into versatile companions – from feeding bottle to breast milk storage – all within one container. The pump also has a kneading massage feature for pre-pumping comfort as well as relaxation to ease the weariness from your journey.
What’s more, our bottles are incredibly travel-friendly. Stack them vertically or use the snap-on interconnecting lids to securely bind multiple containers, preventing any spills while on the move.
4. Stay organised
Did you know that breast milk composition varies throughout day and night? Morning milk contains more cortisol, which can keep your baby awake, while evening milk has more melatonin that encourages sleepiness. Keep track of the timing of expressed milk by using colour-coded accessories like our storage lids and collars. Our latest addition, the Romantic Purple line of accessories, not only adds a delightful pop of colour to your travel gear but also offers practical convenience in managing your baby’s feeding schedule effortlessly. Explore Hegen’s full range of accessories here.
5. Enjoy yourself!
Babies have an amazing knack for sensing changes in our mood or energy levels. During your trip, it’s common to face a few unexpected bumps along the way. Instead of getting overly stressed, try embracing these little hiccups as a natural part of your journey. Studies have revealed that higher stress levels may impact milk production negatively, so finding moments to relax and enjoy yourself during your travels will not only benefit you but also support your breastfeeding journey.
Our final piece of advice? Don’t hesitate to ask for help! Involving your family members can lighten your load, and it might just pave the way for wonderful bonding experiences for all.
A little planning and the right gear can go a long way in ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable trip for you and your little ones. Embrace the adventure, savour the moments and create lasting memories this holiday season. Have a great trip!