The holidays are a precious time in most families and this couldn’t be more true when one of the members of the household hasn’t yet reached their second birthday. Whether sunny beaches, mountainous retreats or game watching best describe your destination of choice, your baby is exposed to a whole new world and for most parents this is a joy to behold.
While you may be feeling excitement at the prospect of spending so much quality time with baby, you may also feel rather daunted by how much you need to pack to be adequately prepared for all his needs. The good news is that according to Karen van Rensburg, general manager at Philips Avent, going on holiday needn’t be stressful, particularly if you are organised and plan ahead.
“It’s a good idea to work through each step of your journey listing everything that baby might need along the way. Start with your mode of transport and then consider the kinds of activities you’ll be enjoying while you’re away. If you’re travelling by road, by way of example, it is advisable to plan your trip around baby’s nap times. And if the beach is on your list of things to do then baby sunblock is an absolute must,” explains van Rensburg.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Whatever your preferred mode of transport may be, it’s important to have everything close to hand that you may need for the duration of the journey. Nappies and wipes are a given, while dressing baby in loose layers that can be put on and removed in line with changing weather patterns is also a good idea.
Sticking to baby’s routine is key to ensuring she doesn’t get irritable due to fatigue or hunger. With this in mind, make sure you pack enough snacks to see baby through. The Philips AVENT Travel Feeding Set offers an excellent way to store food, and with its two built in feeding dishes complete with a spoon, the system is a convenient and compact way to meet all baby’s solid feeding requirements while on the go.
Spillage in Dad’s car or on the airplane seat can also be prevented by way of the Philips AVENT ‘Grown up cup’ or toddler cup, which is a revolutionary cup that helps children over 12-months transition from bottles to cups without all the mess. The unique spill proof valve is a brand new innovation, specially designed by experts at Philips AVENT. The valve is lip activated to allow drinking from all around the rim, just like an adult’s cup, but due to being lip activated there’s no mess when not in use.
Fun in the Sun
For activities during your holiday consider the following useful items that you may want to include in your suitcase:
• A sun tent for the beach means baby can enjoy naps tucked away from the glare of the sunlight
• A bucket and spade will keep baby occupied for hours while you work on your tan •Hats and sunblock are a necessity for any holiday
• Pack clothing for all seasons so that baby is never too hot or cold
• Take along a number of new toys that baby hasn’t seen so that she is entertained while travelling or if you go out for a bite to eat.
Wherever you may find yourself these holidays, if you’re organised and pack cleverly baby is sure to have just as much fun as Mom and Dad. And don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to capture the many happy memories you’re creating with your little one thanks to your excellent preparation.
Visit the Philips AVENT website at www.philips.com/avent for more product info and for great tips on feeding.
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