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Top Tips for Taking a Baby to a Festival!

Ahead of The Big Feastival on August Bank Holiday weekend 2016 Sam and Aly from Up All Hours talk us through their top tips for breastfeeding and taking your little ones to a festival

Festivals are a great adventure for families of all ages but for those with little ones, a festival can be a daunting experience.

Here are our top tips on how to ensure that you have a great family festival experience with a little one.

Do your Homework: Before you pick the festival you want to go to check out the facilities they have on offer for kids and babies alike. Most have family camping areas, which can be quieter for families and are often situated closer to the amenities to make trekking to and from the festival site easier. Many have changing areas for babies but it is worth drilling down on what these are as they can be as basic as a tent with changing mats on the floor or they can be as luxurious as the Up All Hours changing and breastfeeding facilities, so it is worth checking it out.

Oh sit down: Strangely the thing that is in hot demand at a festival is….. seating! I think many festivals count on the weather being dry and people being happy to sit on the grass. For most this is no problem but trying to feed a baby, sitting on the grass can be tricky and breastfeeding in the middle of a field with a load of people milling around you, is not an appealing prospect for many breastfeeding mothers. So, our advice is, take a fold out seat with you. You can sit on it and take a load off. And it is also a great place to breastfeed.

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink: As we all know, there is often a great deal of water at a British Festival, usually in the form of copious amounts of rain! It is worth, however, making sure that you take enough drinking water with you. Water on site can be expensive and if it is hot the kids will need to take on a lot of water over the course of the weekend. In addition, if you are a breastfeeding mother you will need to make sure that you keep your fluids up.

Sleeping:  Keeping things as similar to home as you can is key, so make sure you take their familiar bedtime set up with you; be it a favourite comforter or perhaps a duvet or pillow. For younger ones taking a travel cot[WB1]  or Moses basket is a Godsend, it takes up a lot of room but it means that they feel comforted and cosy.

Food glorious food: A full tummy is often the key to a great festival weekend so it is worth checking out what kids food is on offer at the festival.  For little ones chips and burgers can get repetitive, so it is worth taking along some good old family favourites to ensure they have something nutritious to eat once in a while. For babies that are weaning, a few pouches are a great way of getting some food into them on the go. Taking a cool box means that you can also take some frozen breastmilk with you just in case you need some extra while out and about.

Transport: Getting little ones around a festival can be tricky depending on the weather; a buggy for example, is not great when needing to get through vast quantities of mud! Slings are great to carry your baby or toddler around a busy festival – they can see things from high up, be kept safe and it gives you two hands free as well. Breastfeeding in a sling is also a great but remember you will need to keep an eye on your baby feeding and move baby back to an upright position once a feed has finished. You will also need to keep an eye on your baby or toddler  if it is very hot, as babies can overheat in slings very easily on hot days.

The festival wardrobe: Whatever the weather layering at a festival for children and babies alike, is key. At night it can get very cold in the tent so layering up ensures that little ones stay snug. Equally the British weather can change in an instant, so being able to strip off a few layers when the weather turns warmer is vital to keep babies and toddlers cool in the heat.

 

Key kit at a festival: Below are a few key items we recommend to make sure you don’t leave home without:

  • Wipes: Great for bottoms and faces alike
  • Sun cream: It is hard to get at a festival so an essential item for the nappy bag
  • Plenty of nappies: You never know when you might run out
  • Water: You will always need more than you think
  • Muslins: Great for all the usual usages but also can double up as a sun hat or a summer blanket or sun cover.
  • Sun hat: Essential
  • Wellies: Essential
  • Waterproof’s
  • Ready made food pouches: A great way to get some goodness into them over the course of the weekend
  • Breastmilk feeding bottles
  • Manual Breast Pump and Breastmilk Storage Bottles: Great if you need to express any extra milk
  • Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin: An essential for sore nipples but also great as recommended by mums for sunburn, eczema and nappy rash!
  • Disposable Nursing pads
  • Travel Cot/Moses Basket
  • Sling