How to plan days out for babies

Where to go, what to take and other top tips for going out with a newborn

In Newborn

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At a glance

Look for family-friendly destinations

If you feel you might need help, ask someone to come with you


Use a checklist for packing and planning

Don’t forget a change of clothes for you and baby


Use a checklist for packing and planning

Don’t forget a change of clothes for you and baby


How to get around town

  • If you’re using public transport, avoid rush hour so you're more likely to get a seat and there'll be more room for both of you
  • Consider investing in a good baby carrier or sling. Just ensure you’re using it correctly so it provides good head and neck support for your newborn
  • If you're travelling by car, use a new, correctly fitted car seat. Make sure it complies with European Standard R44.03/R44.04 and regularly check your car seat is suitable for your baby's weight and size

“Bring babies’ blankets from home for a familiar feel wherever you stay.”

Holidaying with your baby

Soon you’ll probably start thinking about a well-deserved holiday with baby. The younger they are the easier it is, although that’s also when it’s most intimidating.

  • Choose a family-friendly destination with shopping and medical facilities
  • Avoid destinations that are very hot or require immunisations or anti-malaria medication
  • Make sure you are all fully covered by travel insurance
  • If flying, reserve an on-board baby cot or a bulkhead seat with more legroom
  • Try to coincide your journeys with your baby’s usual nap or sleep time
  • Pack a basic first aid kit that includes infant paracetamol and antiseptic wipes
  • Take a car seat for your baby or toddler. If you hire a car or travel by coach, ensure it is fitted properly
  • In your hand luggage, pack plenty of nappies, wipes and a change of clothes for both you and baby, and read the airline’s guidelines on taking feed on board
  • If you are bottle-feeding, ensure you have enough feeds for the whole journey including any possible delays
  • Your new baby’s skin is very fragile, so avoid direct sunlight 'til they are six months old. Protect them with a wide brimmed hat and use a recommended sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher regularly, especially if they’re in a paddling pool or just out of the sea. Make sure the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Don’t travel if your baby is unwell. If in doubt, ask your GP

“My sling was a life (and arm) saver for getting through the airport.”


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