Emirates Top Tips for Travelling with Kids this Half-Term

Are you thinking of travelling this half term? Or if not, I’m sure there is something planned for summer. Emirates is also making their in flight service more fun for little ones by launching 4 new animal toys. Each animal will help children learn more about it’s habitat. The first four to feature are – Lewis the Lion from Africa, Peek U the Panda from China, Enrico the Monkey from Latin America, and Leila the Camel from the Middle East.

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Here are the top tips from Emirates –

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN THIS HALF-TERM

Emirates shares some of their top tips for families planning to travel with babies or young children this school holiday period:

When booking your flights:

  •  Look to time your flights with your child’s daily routine – if possible, try and time your flight times to suit with your baby/ child’s daily routine. For instance:
    • DON’T opt for a middle-of-the-night departure thinking your kids will sleep through. They invariably won’t and you’ll be doubly exhausted
    • DO try to plan a flight to fit in between meal times or naps as this can help reduce the chance of public tantrums
  • Choose your seats wisely – if you can, always book your baby a bassinette or choose bulkhead seats (these have no seat in front of them so that no one can recline into your space, enabling your children to have more room to play)
  • Select children’s meals – don’t forget to opt for children’s meals when booking your tickets.
    •  Emirates offers both baby and children (between the ages of 2 and 12 years) meal options. A selection of prepared baby meals are available on board as well as classic kids favourites

Before boarding:

  • Go sugar- free with your children’s travel snacks – sugar-free sweets are great for take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure on their ears plus also means that they will not grow increasingly hyperactive and disrupt other passengers
  •  Allow your children to bring their own carryon bag with a couple of toys –This makes your child feel more grown up and adds to the excitement of the complete travel experience
  •  Board the plane last – whilst many airlines offer families priority boarding, many parents in fact prefer to board last to minimise the amount of time their baby/small child spends on the plane. Many parents want their small child to burn up as much energy as possible in the airport/airport lounge so that when they are strapped in their bassinet or seat they are ready to sleep

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Whilst onboard

  •  Introduce your children to nearby passengers – When boarding your flight, introduce your children to surrounding passengers so that they are aware that you have young children and appreciate that you have everything in hand
  •  Inflight Entertainment – Allow your children to spend a lot of time enjoying the in-flight entertainment. By giving your children license to watch more television/ films than usual, it will seem like a treat and will give you time to relax and unwind too. For instance, the Emirates ICE entertainment system offers dedicated children’s channels including TV shows, movies, music and games plus we have special brightly coloured headsets for them too – just ask our cabin crew. Also if all the family listen to the same radio channels/play the same games on ICE it makes the flight more inclusive and engaging
  • Toys – No matter how old your child is, you should never underestimate the power of a new toy. A new distraction presented at the right moment can work wonders. Young flyers can make friends on their Emirates flight with our new ‘Fly With Me Animals’ – cuddly blanket buddies to snuggle up or that can attach to their seat belt. Infants and toddlers can also enjoy our Fly with Me Lonely Planet activity bags that are guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained from start to finish.
  •  Utilise the Cabin Crew – The Cabin Crew are on hand to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. They can help with warming bottles, keeping baby food refrigerated, offering kids activities, holding meals until a convenient time and maybe even sneaking a glass of wine to you after your child finally falls asleep.

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I think these are great tips for any travel with children as it is so easy for them to get bored while on board.

 

Britax partners with Good Egg Safety to launch ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ initiative

With the weather set to be a bit unsettled over Christmas and most people will be undertaking journeys to visit relatives, I thought this was very interesting information for keeping safe on the roads and wanted to share it with you. I am really pleased to have an Advansafix for my little one and I am safe in the knowledge that I am doing all I can for my children to be safe during our car journeys.

With the winter holidays firmly on the horizon, millions of families all over the UK are planning the big drive home for Christmas. With the prospect of celebrating with friends and family and dining out on festive feasts, it can be easy to forget the dangers that go hand-in-hand with travelling in winter conditions. No parent wants to take chances when it comes to their children’s safety, which is why leading mobility brand, Britax has teamed up with Good Egg Safety to provide parents with some useful winter travel tips to ensure the nation’s families reach their destinations safely this Christmas. 

The partnership follows the launch of Britax’s latest Group 1-2-3 car seat, ADVANSAFIX – the first multistage car seat using ISOFIX connectors that gives parents the option to keep their child in a five-point harness up to 25kg. This cleverly designed multi-stage car seat has been developed with busy families in mind, ensuring optimum safety for children aged from 9 months up to approximately 12 years (9kg – 36kg). ADVANSAFIX adapts and grows with the child, giving parents the freedom to choose one seat instead of two and the assurance that their little ones will travel safely year after year for up to 11 years.

Britax safety expert, Mark Bennett, said, “Christmas is an exciting time of year for families. Each year is another milestone for children and it’s a time to celebrate with loved ones. But amid all the excitement, it’s really important to consider some simple car safety checks to ensure you and your most precious cargo arrive safely. Making sure you have the right car seat installed for your child is the first step to providing that reassurance, so if you’re unsure if your little one has outgrown their seat, be sure to visit your local car seat retailer as they will be able to advise you on what’s right for your family.” 

Jan James, CEO at Good Egg Safety said: “We welcome this important initiative from Britax. Of course child car seat safety is a priority at any time of the year, however it is especially important in the winter when driving conditions can be much more hazardous and the chances of a collision increased due to poor visibility, glare from the winter sun, slippery roads and darker mornings and evenings. We are driving in conditions we are less used to, and often at a later time, for example after visiting family and friends, or returning from a Christmas trip. Good Egg Safety supports Britax in encouraging parents to double check their child’s car seat this Christmas.” 

To support Britax’s ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ initiative, Good Egg Safety has provided 12 simple tips  and checks for families to consider before setting off for the holidays:

1.       Check your child’s car seat is properly fitted before every journey – particularly if you’ve removed your seat or had others in the car next to the child seat

2.       Check your child’s harness is at the correct height and tension – always adjust the harness to your child when they go in the seat to accommodate their clothing

3.       Remove thick, puffy jackets or winter coats – these can prevent the harness from fitting your child properly, and your child may overheat once the car warms up. As a driver it is worth keeping a spare pair of suitable driving shoes in the car.  Footwear such as winter boots have thick soles that can catch on pedals

4.       Remove any non-soft toys or gifts your child may receive and store them in the boot until you get home – a toy will become a projectile in a collision and can injure occupants in the car. Put presents for friends and family in the boot of your car, rather than next to you or on the back seat

5.       Set the recline of your child’s car seat to semi-reclined rather than upright after trips out, so that they can fall asleep without you worrying about their positioning

6.       Don’t drink and drive!  If you are going to have a drink, avoid driving the next morning – you can easily still be over the limit the next day

7.       Always keep a breakdown kit in your boot.  This should include:

  • Warning Triangle
  • Tow Rope
  • Torch
  • Hi-Vis jacket/Waistcoat
  • Tyre Inflator
  • Blankets/Emergency foil blanket
  • Spare hats, scarves and gloves
  • Sunglasses for winter sun glare 
  • Umbrella

8.       If you are going on a long journey, also take/check the following:

  • A flask of hot water/tea/coffee
  • Fresh, bottled water
  •  Food/Chocolate
  •  Ensure your phone battery is fully charged

9.       Check the tyres and stock up on antifreeze and screen wash

10.   Take into account weather conditions for your journey and allow extra time and breaks

11.   Early evening failing light is particularly hazardous for spotting cyclists and pedestrians in dark clothes, so with the added distraction of travelling with children please take extra caution

12.   Don’t rush! It is tempting to rush home from work for the holidays, but take the extra time to drive safely and considerately

For more information on Britax’s latest combination seat ADVANSAFIX, visit http://www.britax.co.uk/car-seats/car-seats/advansafix

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to post this information.