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My work as a Maternity nanny took me all over the world with new babies. The key was all about organisation, making sure I had every situation covered before it arose!
A tip would be to always email the hotel in advance and check what they can cater for you – ask for a cot/ highchair/ possibly nappy change table. I have however had some very poor baby equipment even in the top 5* hotels around the world. If you have space in your luggage I would actually recommend taking your own travel cot with you. This also becomes a familiar environment for baby.
Here are some of the brands that I absolutely loved for every trip.
This is just the most lightweight, yet sturdy pram, if you travel a lot this is the one for you. Weighing in at only 6.2kg it folds like a dream!
If you are using it with a baby less than six months, I would advice buying the extra newborn cocoon attachment.
With one family we also used the Doona car seat pram which was amazing as we traveled the world – However I would not recommend this with very small babies as it is not recommended for them to be in the car seat position for too long.
A must have travel product! See Sleep for further information.
This is the best of its kind and you can be assured that little one is safe from the sun. It also provides a great blackout which can help with adjusting to a new time zone.
Another must have from Snooze Shade is the travel cot black out breathable cover. I had one of these of my own for my travelling nanny days as it meant I didn’t have to sit in a dark hotel room for little one’s nap time! Another genius product by the lovely Cara.
There are so many brands of travel cot, but the one I always loved was by Baby Bjorn – it is lightweight (6kg including the travel bag). It really is made to last and its so easily washable. If you are using it for long periods of time it may be worth getting a thicker mattress.
I’ve also loved using this travel cot as an ‘office’ for little one (playpen safe area).
Make sure you protect the mattress with a protector and a fitted sheet. A good tip is to pack all this ready in the case with the travel cot. I used to add in some pj’s, nappy and a cuddly toy just so you know everything is ready for your arrival!
If you are off to find some sunshine, remember that it is not recommeded to use sun cream on babies under six months. The best rule is to keep them out of the peak sunshine hours. My favourite suncream for over 6m is by Green people
For hats and summer UV suits I love JoJo Maman Bebe, they have a great range of items and will be able to kit you out for holiday time!
Do babies need sunglasses?
Yes! Ideally they should be kept out of the peak sun but yes sunglasses are important to protect their young eyes.
My favourite brand is Babiators
For more great equipment to kit you out for your holidays have a look at www.naturalbabyshower.co.uk
Entertainment for the plane
A great company that has thought about all your travel needs. They do great little packs for the plane to entertain toddlers.
Another great idea for sleeping on the plane is by Jet Kids Bed box- this can make longer flights so much easier for helping little ones sleep.
If your little one is weaning and you are wanting to carry on making foods when you are away, a great travel blender is the Itsy Blitz Portable Weaning Blender – With a rechargable docking station, micro USB cable and worldwide plug, its a handy accessory for parents on the go.
For more gorgeous holiday ideas, have a look at www.themodernnursery.com