Travelling with babies or small children needn't be stressful.
A little preparation goes a long way.
Here are some golden rules...
Don't forget your baby will need her own passport if travelling abroad.
Apply in plenty of time as this can be a slow process.
Put together a small first aid emergency travel pack which includes infant paracetamol, a thermometer, re-hydration sachets, calamine lotion and insect repellent.
If you are flying, tell the airline you will have a small baby with you and take advantage of any extra help they offer.
Some planes are fitted with sky-cots that clip into the bulkhead in front of your seat.
Book as early as possible to secure one of these as there are usually only a couple available.
They give you the added advantage of extra legroom.
Babies can experience ear pain when the aircraft climbs or descends.
Sucking can help equalise the pressure in the ears so breastfeeding or giving her a small bottle of expressed milk may help - or sucking a dummy.
Don't give your baby any kind of sedative as this can have the opposite to the desired affect and make a child more excitable.
Have a small travel bag with you containing nappies, wipes and a nappy sack so you only need to carry this with you to the toilets.
Most airplane toilets have a small pull-down changing table in them.
Try to arrange night flights if possible so your baby will be in her natural sleep cycle and will, hopefully, sleep during most of the flight.
Many babies find the droning and movement quite calming.
Don't overdo it on the toys.
Pack one or two favourites, but only have her favourite comfort toy on the flight.
Because of the liquid ban on flights it may be better to buy what you need at the airport chemist.
Sometimes parents taking any liquid for a baby through security are asked to drink from it to prove it is safe.
Pack the basics for baby on holiday but unless you are travelling to somewhere very remote, you will be able to buy essentials like nappies and wipes anywhere you go.
Save luggage space by buying buckets and spades and beach paraphernalia once you arrive.
Plan ahead when flying.
For example on arrival can one parent wait for the luggage while the other queues for the hire car? 14.
If you are making a long journey by car, try to break it into manageable sections.
If baby is sitting in her car seat for long periods she will get sweaty, uncomfortable and irritable without breaks.
Toddlers can be given their own travel bags holding some holiday essentials and favourite toys.
They don't have to be fancy pull-along or ride-on cases (but these are fun).
Just make sure any bag she carries is within airline regulations.
A small snack in your bag for your toddler will ward off tantrums due to hunger.
Pack a surprise in your hand luggage for a toddler, a travel game or a colouring book and crayons perhaps.
Print out the words to some songs or nursery rhymes which you can teach your toddler on a long journey to sing along together.
Any impatience or nerves (fear of flying?) will be sensed by your little one.
Don't be intimidated by scowls from other travellers.
As long as your child isn't being obnoxious, overly loud or annoying (kicking the chair in front of them) then remember that you are a paying customer too and have every right to be there.