Top expert tips for travelling with a baby or toddler in summer

Top expert tips for travelling with a baby or toddler in summer

Planning on taking your child on a day trip or summer holiday? Teaming up with Ella's Kitchen, we got helpful travel advice from a parenting coach and infant nutritionist that'll make the outing fun for everyone.

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There's no better time than summer to go for an adventure with your baby or toddler in the great outdoors and enjoy some fun in the sunshine. Whether it's a trip to the local park, countryside or overseas, taking your child away from their home comforts into different a surrounding helps them to adapt to new environments, explore new sights, sounds and smells.   

Although there are many positives to introducing your little one to the outdoors, it doesn't come without its challenges. According to new research from leading baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen, 'half of British parents (51%) have expressed feelings of stress, worry or anxiety about being on-the-go with their children. This is understandably made even more difficult when the child is weaning, with over a quarter (27%) of British parents admitting to not leaving the house for up to three consecutive days during this time.'

The research also revealed that that over half of parents (53%) feel that being stuck in the house with a baby is one of the hardest parts of parenting. With this in mind, Ella’s Kitchen have teamed up with parenting coach Sue Atkins, and infant nutritionist Claire Baseley, to create a list of top tips to help make the experience of travelling or going out with a little one in tow as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

Engage your baby's senses with the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors

Baby wearing red and white striped top sat in high chair being shown a green plant

Image: Ella's Kitchen

'When out and about with your little one, it is likely they’ll become restless at points.

When this happens, try engaging all their senses to keep them busy and happy. Take a look at your surroundings to see if there is something you can make use of to spark their imagination while giving them the opportunity to learn about the world. For instance, point out the colours of cars, sounds of dogs barking and smells like when passing a bakery or garden. Complementing this, give them a toy they have not used in a while, and for bigger kids, let them choose a toy to bring.'

Soothe a disgruntled baby with family photos or toys

Baby smiling with toy wearing red and green outfit

Image: Ella's Kitchen

'Having a disgruntled little one whilst cooped up in transport is no fun for anyone. Try taping brightly-coloured pictures of toys and even photographs of your family’s faces on the back of the seat or the surface that your baby will be facing during the trip to keep them engaged.

You could even bring a special photo book made at home for your little one of things they love and will be happy seeing, such as pictures of pets, family, friends and their favourite things.'

Make simple but tasty meals on holiday for your baby

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Image: Ella's Kitchen

'There are lots of simple meals you can make in a hotel room with a combination of foods you can bring from home or source abroad. Couscous can be made with boiling water from the kettle and then mashed with avocado and a little tuna that you can buy at your destination. You can boil eggs in a kettle to make hard boiled eggs, and most hotels and restaurants will be able to provide cooked vegetables, omelettes, toast or bread, boiled potatoes, hummus and pieces of fruit, which are all great options for little ones.'

Ensure your baby stays hydrated

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Image: Ella's Kitchen

'If you are travelling on holiday for a bit of sunshine or just out in the sun in the UK, remember your baby’s appetite naturally decreases in a hotter climate. When weaning, you do not need to worry if your baby's solid food intake decreases a little bit during this time.

The important thing to make sure is that they are drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t need to offer water separately, but you might want to feed more often. If you’re bottle feeding, offer cooled boiled water on top of your little one’s usual milk.'

Tickle tiny taste buds nutritional finger foods and food pouches

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Image: Ella's Kitchen

'Traveling and simply being out and about does not need to throw your weaning journey off course. Make it a super smooth and enjoyable trip out by packing a scrummy selection of snacks and baby food for your little one.'

  • Food pouches: For outings longer than a few hours, avoid uncontrollable fussiness by packing their favourite baby food pouches. They are less likely to shy away from flavours they have a track record of loving and the bonus for you is pouches are easy to pack and carry around! 
  • Finger foods: Finger foods are brilliant for practicing hand-eye coordination. By getting hands on with their food, little ones can learn how to feed themselves and have fun at the same time! They’re also super easy to take out and about with you, whether they’re yummy snacks like Ella’s Kitchen Melty Sticks or homemade goodies like cooked, cooled vegetable sticks such as carrot or broccoli or sticks of soft fruit like banana or melon in lidded pots 
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