Travelling with a 3 month old – things to think about by Adam at You’ve Got All This To Come

Hi I’m Adam …. and I’m writing this blog about travelling with a 3 month old after just coming back from a lovely trip to the Suffolk coast, which may be a bit controversial for a Norfolk blog but the experiences are interchangeable for anyone spending time away from their usual routine (or your best attempt at a routine with a small human).

There are certainly plenty of stunning places to stay in Norfolk, especially on the coast, and if you’re staying in a B & B or a holiday let then I’m hoping this is useful for you! These won’t be the bits of advice you’re expecting, but they will be things you are glad someone else has thought of for you. You obviously won’t have enough to think about without me adding more!

Travelling with a 3 month oldLet me set the scene first. It’s an idyllic little holiday let overlooking the coast, removed from streetlights, occasionally catching the odd boat on the horizon. Your room is perfectly sized for a couple without children, and just about perfect for a Moses basket alongside the bed as well. So far, so good. Then you put the kid/kids to bed, mostly without incident or any major hassle. At this point, you’re thinking “A) This wouldn’t happen with my kids, and b) but where’s this going? Get on with it!”

Over the course of the next couple of nights I realised just how much on autopilot I am when at home during the night. You take so many things for granted when in your usual routine. Here are some things that might just save you waking your little one in the darkest hours of the night:

  • Don’t forget your bed is different. Whilst you know the route to sneaking in unnoticed at home, don’t assume the same when away. Does it squeak? Metal beds have a brilliant way of surprising you as you attempt to slide your way in (as I found out)! Then don’t forget you’ve got the mattress to contend with, not all springs are created equal – this one had a tendency to really give just on the edge. One misplaced hand and I could have easily wedged myself between bed and Moses basket!
  • Beware of random knick-knacks. Potential baby-waking hazards everywhere. This place had little ornaments hanging off the door handles, which I promptly knocked off when getting up to go to the loo. My heart stopped for a second when it slapped onto the floor, and my brain must have stopped as I then decided to put it back on the handle where I found it. I would recommend a quick scan for anything that might get hit by a stray, tired limb at 2 in the morning. This leads onto point number three…
  • One of the brilliant things about escaping to the coast is that there tends to be little or no outside lighting. This means stargazing on a clear night is fantastic. What it means in a confined room with blackout blinds is that you’re feeling out in the dark to make your way back into bed. I found myself doing that weird walk where you slide your feet forward in front of you and was grateful that my wife couldn’t see me doing it!
  • You can guarantee that those doors that have been perfectly silent throughout the day will be squeaking all over the place when it’s night time. Consider leaving them open if you can!
  • Mealtimes can be a bit tricky when you’re away, and you need to consider how it fits in your holiday routine. Cost is important, and staying somewhere with its own kitchen brings a ton of perks (fridge for your evening tipple when they’re asleep – or kettle for me!) for family travel. We packed a small Tupperware with a few Weetabix and Cheerios, and this catered for our little girl. The other bonus is that if you eat outside, any scraps get nabbed by seagulls (and if you’re eating with a little one, there will almost certainly be bits on the floor). Make the most of the weather and save yourself cleaning time later on! (I’m not advocating littering by the way- just speaking from experience of seeing those greedy scavengers!)
  • Don’t forget a change in routine can be disruptive to your children. Luckily, if they’re anything like my 2-year-old, the introduction of a toy or small activity can be a huge distraction. Make sure you pack a couple of their favourite small toys. We have a great little fishing game that comes in a handy small tin from Tiger. A pack of crayons and a few sheets of paper won’t take up too much room and give you options on a rainy day!

Travelling with a 3 month oldWith all of that said, the most important thing is knowing your baby’s routine and how sensitive they are to their surroundings. Armed with a mix of sensible (planning everything in advance) and silly (like I’ve pointed out above), you’ll have an amazing time like we did and wonder what all the fuss was about!

Adam is a blogger and writes at You’ve Got All This To Come. He is also up for Norfolk Blogger in our industry awards!