Top tips for new, on-the-go parents
June 6, 2018 | 5:44 PM
by Courtesy of Statepoint
A parent console is useful as it adds extra storage which is very handy.

Parenthood doesn’t mean putting the brakes on your on-the-go lifestyle. Whether taking an everyday adventure or travelling far, ensure smoother sailing for the whole family with these tips.

For shorter trips

• Make diaper bag packing an art form: Remember being able to jet out the door with just your keys, phone and wallet? Life is a bit more complicated these days, even for short jaunts. The general rule is to pack one diaper for each hour you’ll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays. In addition to wipes and diaper rash cream, it’s also good to carry plastic bags for storing soiled clothing.

• Accessorise: Before heading out, check the weather and gear up your stroller. Sometimes, you’ll be gone for hours or even the entire day, and you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need, rain or shine. Never underestimate the importance of a weather shield to block wind and rain or to add extra insulation on colder days. Fold it up and keep it in the basket of the stroller. A parent console is also useful. It adds extra storage and allows you to easily and instantly access go-to items.

For the longer haul

• Make sleeping arrangements: Going out of town? Save yourself the hassle of bringing certain baby gear — like playards and high chairs — that can be provided by a hotel. But don’t make any assumptions about what’s available. Call ahead to avoid surprises.

• Encourage comfort: Hotels can be loud due to street noise, the sounds of nearby guests and other disruptions. A soothing white noise machine can help, or replicate home comforts by selecting accommodations through a rental-by-owner site.

For adventures near and far

• Get a chic ride: Whether you are running errands or on a family vacation, you must stress enough how much the right stroller matters. Stroller of choice comes with five different riding options, a reversible seat and accepts an infant car seat or foldable pram to accommodate newborns. Parents can also make it a double stroller by attaching a glider board. Other useful features include a one-hand fold and a carry bag for transportation.

• Keep hunger at bay: No matter where you’re headed or how you’re getting there, snacks are essential. Cheerios are a good go-to but try to keep a few favourites stored in the diaper bag. When possible, opt for less messy items to minimise the potential for spills and stains.

Travelling with children is never easy but being prepared will help the whole family have fun, no matter the adventure.

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