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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 cafés, 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.


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