If your bag doesn’t have a compact changing mat, buy a travel version or disposable ones. . If you’re going to Europe, nappy sizes are the same as in the UK, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding suitable ones.
There’s no need to take all your equipment away with you – a favourite toy and a fold-away or inflatable baby bath will do the job. It’s wise to pack baby-friendly toiletries as you may not be able to find the ones you normally use. If a bath is part of your bedtime routine, try to stick to it – but don’t worry if things change while you’re away, just enjoy it. Your little one will soon slot back into her normal routine once you’re home.
A travel cost is a must for overnight stays. All models fold down for storage and come with a carry case and handle. Many hotels and holiday cottages provide cots, so check before you go. Baby sleeping bags save on bedding and are ideal for travel. They’re available in a range of weights, so buy a light one if your going somewhere warm. And think about packing a portable safety gate if you’re staying in a holiday house or cottage.
Useful tips for trouble-free travel
- Pack twice the amount of clothes you think your baby will need – to cope with any leaks or travel sickness.
- If you’re going on a long motorway journey, try to plan to travel at your baby’s nap time and allow for feeding stops.
- Allow longer for your journey and build unscheduled stops into your itinerary. Make sure you’ve got time to cope with any additional feeds and nappy changes.
- If your baby has a comforter or uses a soother, take it with you and pack a spare one in case you lose it en route!
- You don’t need to take all the toys you use to entertain your baby at home. When you’re on holiday, she’ll be stimulated by the change of scene, pace and family all being together.
Travel Medicine Cabinet
When you travel with your little one it’s best to travel with a few medical essentials, especially if you’re heading overseas. Don’t leave home without:
- Your baby’s red book – essential if you have to call a doctor or take your baby to hospital
- Liquid paracetamol such as calpol. Calpol do sachets which you can buy from Boots.
- Teething gel, such as calgel
- antiseptic wipes – ideal for cuts and for quickly sanitising a changing mat
- Antiseptic barrier cream such as sudocrem – soothes everything from nappy rash, insect bites to eczema and heat rash. Bounty’s free family packs have trial pots which are perfect for traveling with
If you’re going abroad, take enough formula for the duration of your trip (you can’t guarantee you’ll be able to buy the one you use). For the journey, take ready-mixed cartons of formula. If you’re flying, check the restrictions on carrying baby forumla/liquids in the Air Travel Section of www.direct.gov.uk. If you don’t have a travel steriliser, you can get microwave of cold water ones.
- Mothercare microwave and cold water steriliser – £4.99
- Mothercare travel bottle and food warmer – £9.99
- Tommee Tippee single bottle microwave and cold water steriliser £9.99
From around three to six months your baby can recline in a lightweight stroller that folds down more compactly than a traditional pushchair. A large basket is handy for travel, too. For short hops and city breaks, you may find a baby carrier or sling useful, leaving your hands-free.
You’ll need for traveling – Babies 0-6 months
- A travel cot
- Sleeping bag or sheets and blankets
- baby monitor may be useful
- pushchair, parasol and raincover
- baby carrier/sling
- sun blinds
- travel changing mat – pampers do disposable changing mat’s – not very ethically minded but very helpful!
- plenty of clothes
- travel toys
- enough nappies and wipes for a few days
- breast pump, if expressing
- travel steriliser, bottles, formula and insulated bottle bag (if bottlefeeding)
- medical essentials (see above)
- travel wash
VULNERABLE mums in Basingstoke are being offered support through a group set up especially for them by charity Home-Start.
Women with a variety of problems, including post-natal depression, stress, illness and isolation, are taking advantage of the group, who meet every Wednesday between 10am and midday at All Saints Church Hall.
Organiser Sue Bailey, family group lead worker at Home-Start North West Hampshire, said:
“We help mums of all ages with a variety of issues. The groups offer people somewhere to socialise and often gives mums the push to get out there and meet new people.
We currently have eight |regular members who we support, and everyone is welcome. Most of the people we support come through referrals from health workers and GPs, but people can also self-refer.
All of our volunteers at the group are mums themselves and understand many of the difficulties people can face.
The group was started at Easter and meets every Wednesday in term times. Mums of any age can join.
Home-Start is a national charity that works with families, offering support, advice and also offering practical help with looking after children.
For more information about the group or about all the |services Home-Start offer, call 01256 812333, or visit www.home-start.org.uk.
Taken from Basingstoke Gazette Tuesday 5th July 2011
Baby Led Weaning (BLW) means letting your baby feed themselves (also known as self-feed) from the start by offering foods that your baby can manage – mainly finger foods. There’s no need for baby food, purees or baby rice. If you want to try:
- Start of with pieces of everyday food that fit their hand – a largish chip-size piece is a good shape to grip
- For first foods, steam carrots or sweet potato, cut up broccoli or cauliflower, make toast fingers or cut bits of banana
- With BLW forget about the idea of three meals – it’s not about amount, it’s about taste
- If your baby gags, don’t panic, it’s simply a baby’s natural reflex to stop them from choking on food they can’t swallow
If you are returning to work within 9 months of your maternity leave start date, you are entitled to include the 10 days “Keeping in Touch” days before your maternity allowance stops (this assumes that you haven’t worked any “keeping in touch days” during your maternity leave).
For example, if you are returning to work full time on the 1st of August your maternity allowance will only stop once you have worked those 10 days, so your maternity allowance will stop on the 15th of August (the day after 10 days have been worked). Please note that any Bank Holiday’s or annual leave are NOT counted as a work day.
If you want to check that this applies to you if you claim Maternity Allowance, please ring 0800 055 6688 and have your National Insurance number with you.
I would imagine that this would also apply for Statutory Maternity Allowance but I don’t have the details for this. If anyone does, please can you share by adding them into a comment below.
Review: Alice Holt, Farnham
Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke
Farley Mount – Winchester
- No toilet facilities
- Free parking
- Has an excellent outdoor area for toddlers
- Farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits
- Path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
- See my review of Farley Mount from 2013
Basingstoke Canal – Odiham
- Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside
- Path can be quite thin in place but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy.
Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond – Near Farnham
Fleet Pond – Fleet
- Tiny sandy beach
- picnic benches
- jetty’s for feeding the ducks
- entry road in is a bit hair raising!
Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Horndean
Staunton Country Park – Havant
Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton
Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury
- Several Car Parks around the common
Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3
- Has big red cows with big horns wandering around and often horses grazing, so if have dogs need to keep control of them.
Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately
Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ
Medstead Forest – Near to Alton
- Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out
Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover
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BCOT Restaurant – Brook Vale
- Have menus available by trainee chef’s
- Think you have to book in advance
Chineham Village Hall – Chineham
- Unfortunately you need to be a member to eat here
- If you are a member the food is VERY reasonably priced and normally excellent quality
The Dome Cafe Project – Brighton Hill
- I hear great things about this place and it’s on my list of places to visit in 2014
Trawlerman (fish and chips) – Chineham
- Open from 10am until 8pm on Mon and Sat and until 9pm Tues to Fri evenings
- Closed on Mondays
Oliver’s fish and chips – Old Basing
- Has takeaway or restaurant option
- Cafe recently been refurnished
Dayers – Chineham Business Park – Chineham
- Not open in the evenings so can’t really be classified as a place to go for dinner but they do have reasonably priced meals
- Waits for food at lunchtime can be very long
- Staff normally very friendly
Oakridge Hall for All Cafe – Oakridge
- A NHM reader has recommended the Cafe here.
- You can ring in advance with your order so it’s ready for when you arrive.
Mr Munch – Town Centre
Wimpey – Town Centre
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