11 top tips for easy toddler travel

Taking your tot on hols for the first time this year? Follow our experts’ tips to keep the family safe and sane, while making the journey more of a treat than a trial

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Snappy nappy changes

Planning ahead can help at changing time. “Prepare individual sacks each with a clean nappy and wipes so you don’t have to take all your changing stuff into the toilets every time,” suggests Louise Stevenson from First Choice. “If you’re flying, it’s also worth popping spare clothes for you both in your hand luggage for any little incidents.”

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Baby boy makes a grand entrance – 2,000 feet in the air!

Dress for the occasion

“Planes can be rather chilly when you first board them, then stuffy, so dress your tot in several layers so they can be taken on and off easily,” advises Claire Adams, head of childrenswear at Blooming Marvellous. “Comfort is key, so avoid brand-new clothes that need wearing in. And if you’re going the distance in a car, go for trousers rather than a skirt or dress,” adds Claire. “They can ride up under car seatbelts and rub a toddler’s soft skin.”

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Concentrate at the gate

Listen out for the call for passengers with children when you’re at the departure gate. You get priority boarding if you have little ones and you don’t want to miss that!

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Currently, most of us in the UK use forward-facing car seats for our toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Be hire happy

It’s easier all round to hire a car seat when you pick up your hire car abroad, but will it be safe? “Go on recommendations,” advises Wendy. “Ask your airline or travel agent, while a friend who has been to the area before is also a good bet so you get a reputable company and decent equipment.” Big multinational companies usually have the best reputation for hiring, but if you do take your own, it’ll get checked in the hold like your buggy, which some airlines charge for.

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Attention please!

“Your toddler needs even more interest from you than usual on a long journey,” says Practical Parenting’s psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson, “so try not to zone out. Talk to him, play with him and take him for walks up and down the plane whenever possible.”

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