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Top Tips for Taking Your Bundle of Joy on a Journey*



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Once you're settled into parenthood, life must go on. Groceries need to be stocked, appointees must be kept, and errands are to be run. But a babysitter isn't always available, and the time comes when you must brave the outdoors with a baby in hand. While this can be a terrifying prospect, fortunately, taking your bundle of joy on a journey need not be as difficult as you might think.


Source Baby Changing Locations
Before setting out on your journey, it might be helpful to place ahead. If you are travelling far, for example, you can use Google Maps to check the facilities on your journey. You can look for such things as caf├ęs, restaurants and coffee shops with baby changing facilities. Of course, not all places provide this. But many corporate outlets such as Starbucks and McDonald's cater well for mother and child. Knowing where these are while out and about with your baby can mean the difference between a lovely day out or a tragic disaster.
Get an Adequate Stroller or Pushchair

An essential part of a baby travel system is the pushchair or stroller you use. Understandably, not everyone can afford a top range stroller, but it's best if you buy the best one you can. High-end brands use quality materials and are the most comfortable for your baby. They also come with added features such as undercarriage storage, are easily collapsible and have more control. Some of the best strollers include Kinderkraft and Hauck. Yet some of the best budget strollers include Red Kite and Joie Nitro.
Secure the Car Seat Properly

The car seat is invaluable when taking your baby out in a vehicle, which is required by law. Yet one study found that 59% of car seats are not installed or secured correctly, resulting in serious injury to children. In addition to buying and installing the best car seat you can afford, you should always ensure the following:

  • Seat belts pass through secure points
  • No slack in seat belts
  • The seat is in the locked position
  • The seat is secure and doesn't move
  • Isofix seats are securely fitted


There are different types of car seats, but the most common system is by using seat belts. Isofix seats use connectors installed in the car during manufacture. Check the device's manual for the correct installation instructions and always perform a pre-travel check before strapping in your child.


Pack the Baby Essentials
When out and about, your child will need various items. The obvious ones are feed and diapers/nappies and wipes. Yet you should also consider spare blankets, a change of clothes and extra bottles. In short, you can never be too safe, and it is sometimes a good idea to take more baby essentials than you think you need. In addition, you never know how a day will go. You may get caught in adverse weather or miss a bus or train. Of course, travelling is more manageable if you have a car, yet you can use baby bags or utilize the storage space in your stroller.


Pack Your Essentials
The baby isn't the only one who will benefit from extra items. You cannot be sure that everything will go to plan, and if you cannot look after yourself, you cannot hope to look after a baby. So make sure you pack for yourself as well. Take a coat or jacket and an umbrella in case of bad weather. It's also a good idea to take some spare clothing, especially tops, since the baby is likely to spit up or soil your dress in some way.

Life-changing Moving Hacks 2021*

 


Are you moving home soon? If you’re heading to a new home and feeling a little overwhelmed by everything. I have some moving House Hacks & Packing to Move House Tips to share with you! There are some amazing packing hacks that I've found and I hope you really like them.


1)  Before you move, have a purge. Go through every room and make sure to get rid of anything you do not need. Not only will this mean you will have less things to pack, it will also give you some extra room when storing moving boxes.


2) Create an inventory list, including your household items and personal possessions inside your home.  This can also be used as a packing list when labelling boxes.


3) If using a removal company don’t write the contents of a box on it. Write a number on the box and then write a list with each number and what is in that box, don’t just write or mark the top, do the sides too otherwise when the boxes are stacked, you won’t know what’s what. This minmises the risk of someone stealing a box if they think it contains something valuable. Of course most employees are very trustworthy however you cannot be too careful. Make sure you search removal companies London prices, movers prices are complex and depend on numerous factors.


4) when packing your plates, use bubble wrap to line the inside of the box. Wrap each plate in tissue paper and stack them vertically. Pack any gaps between the plates with paper and place bubble wrap on top of them before sealing the box.

5) Use rubber bands to keep pots and lids together

6) Slide socks over each leg of the furniture that you are moving. This will reduce the chances of furniture causing surface damage on hardwood floors whilst moving into different rooms.

7) Use clothes/towels/scarves to wrap breakable items. This is cheaper than buying packing paper or bubble wrap.

8) Put plastic wrap on toiletries around and under the lid, to help keep them from spilling during the move.

9) If you have a dog or cat, put their food/water bowl/litter tray in the same room as where you put it in your old home. The more consistent you are with them, the easier it will be for them to settle in your new home

10)  Put a set of bedding for each bed together and set up the beds first when you arrive at your new home. That night when you are too exhausted you can fall straight into bed as they were the first thing set up.

I would love to hear some of your useful stress free moving hacks and tips