Sharing my experience from our first family holiday…
I’m sure all first time mums go through the same emotions and thoughts when they prepare for their very first trip with a baby. It’s terrifying yet exciting. I worryingly spoke to other mums about what to pack, googled every check list and ran to a pharmacy few days before to buy ‘just in case’ medicine.
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What we knew for sure is that we wanted the flight to be less than five hours and made sure that all airport transfers had appropriate baby car seats. We also wanted to stay in a resort where we could just relax, instead of navigating city streets in hopes of finding somewhere to change a dirty diaper.
For the flight we packed ready-made bottles of liquid formula, bottles, all usual content of a diaper bag, toys and change of clothes for her and me. After much research we picked an Ergo baby carrier with mesh insert for maximum ventilation and got our pram wrapped by Emirates airlines staff and sent it with the luggage.
We picked an overnight flight to make sure she’s as sleepy as possible, and during take off and landing we gave her a bottle or a dummy so she didn’t notice her ears popping. The buzzing of the plane soothes babies so she slept most of the journey there.
Despite all the pre-travel stress, she was an absolute treat and as Seychelles had to time difference with Dubai, it was easy to stick to her routine. The Four Seasons Hotel had everything we needed in the room including a sterilizer, changing station, cot and bottle warmer (even I don’t have one of those!). We also took her Sleepy Head so she felt comfortable snoozing in a new place and to our surprise, she slept even better than at home!
So what would I suggest? Overpack because there’s nothing worse than worrying that you don’t have enough, on your second trip you can edit. Feed them on take-off and landing, have a diaper for every hour of the journey and extra just in case as well as three swaddles. Don’t waste money on a travel pram till they’re walking, a carrier is enough and most airlines can pack your existing pram carefully. Upon booking you’ll get seats with a cot space but if not, babies sleep well in a carrier on your chest. And finally relax and enjoy, it’s actually much easier than you expect; well until they start running up and down the aircraft!
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