It's festival season and we have teamed up with Lansinoh to bring you some top tips on how to make the most of the festival season with a young family.
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We’ve teamed up with Up all Hours to provide mums with a relaxing breastfeeding area in the Up all Hours tent at Jimmy’s Festival. If you’re attending Jimmy’s Festival or any other festival this summer, here are is our top tips on how to enjoy a festival with babies and young children.
Choosing the right festival for you Before you pick your chosen festival, make sure you find out if they are family friendly and have baby and children facilities. Jimmy’s festival is a great festival to enjoy with the whole family. Featuring live music from the likes of Katie Tunstall and Scouting for Girls to Best of British Food and of course the Kids Zone, there is something for everyone!
Travelling When travelling to a festival, choose your mode of transport wisely and make sure you do your research on how to get there, especially if you’re using public transport as you may find yourself miles away from the venue. If you are travelling from afar, make sure you plan in regular pit stops and choose the best child-friendly service stations to stop off at before you leave.
Camping If you have decided to camp at a festival make sure you find a nice quiet spot where you can stick to your baby or young child’s usual routine. Taking their favourite comfort blankets with you is a great way to help your baby or child sleep. A travel cot is a great investment and ensures that your little ones have somewhere safe and comfortable to sleep. Sleeping in a tent can lead to warm and humid conditions, we recommend taking a dual tog sleeping bag or throws with you, giving you the choice to remove or add layers depending on the weather conditions. Alternatively, take a travel thermometer with you so you can monitor the temperature inside the tent.
Transportation Deciding on the best option to transport your baby or child around at the festival can be a tricky one! If the weather has been wet prior to the festival, taking a buggy may not be the best idea due to the amount of mud you might find yourself trailing through. Slings are great for small babies and means you can breastfeed your baby easily. Toddlers often like to explore, taking reins with you will give them that freedom whilst you’re still able to keep a close eye on them. A lot of festivals also offer festival trolleys which have sturdy wheels to help transport your young children around if there is lots of mud.
Feeding and drinking
Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside family foods for as long as you and your baby want, will help them grow and develop healthily. If you have started weaning your child onto solid foods and are not taking any of your own food with you to the festival, it’s good to understand what food options are available. On Jimmy’s festival website, they have included a food menu for both days but it’s probably worth checking with any festival that you are going to what food options they have on offer for young children and babies and the salt and sugar content in the food.
Drinking plenty of water is essential whilst breastfeeding, especially if it’s a hot day. Water can be expensive on site so it might be worth taking some bottles of water with you. We recommend you have a drink of water beside you when you settle down to breastfeed.
Clothing With the unpredictable British weather, it’s important to pack a range of clothes that you can layer your baby up in. If it’s a nice day it can get quite warm the temperature can then quickly drop at night, layering can ensure your baby or child stays cool through the day and snug at night. Bring a breathable cotton scarf or muslin cloth so you can shield your baby from the heat and cover up if you’re feeling uncomfortable and don’t forget the sun cream (SPF 50) and a hat for your little one!
Pack some nipple cream such as HPA® Lanolin to help soothe sore nipples - the 10ml tube is great as a handy travel size, and you can leave your lip balm at home!
Bringing a good breast pump is a must! Taking our manual breast pump means partners can share the responsibility of feeding Just check with the venue first to see if they have a fridge-freezer you can store your expressed breastmilk stash. You can now also pump directly into our Breastmilk Storage Bags from any Lansinoh breast pump, just ensure that your Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bag has white and purple flowers and a white line above the logo. If your bag does not have this design, it is not compatible with pumping directly into our bags.
Seating Festivals don’t always offer a lot of seating so we would advise taking your own fold-up chair and a supportive pillow. This also gives you the flexibility to find your own space to breastfeed your baby in peace. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself!
To find out more about breastfeeding on your travels, read our article on Breatfeeding on Holiday HERE.