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The experts guide to travelling with Children

There must be people who find the whole travelling with small children a big adventure. Let me say now I do not know any of these people, but I am sure they exist. For the rest of us, it’s Mission: Survival to get to our destination. We flew to Corsica last week – our first flight with two small people. As it was over the smallest’s lunchtime nap I thought, ‘Easy. He’s a chilled out chap, he’ll sleep on the plane’. I had reckoned without teething and an awful cough and cold rendering him more fretful than usual. He kept dropping of – and then waking almost immediately, sobbing…just as his sister spilled apple juice all over herself and her seat. What wisdom have I gleaned from this experience? Do not bank on anything. If the child does not want to sleep, desist in your attempts to persuade him (he was as merry as a grig once I gave in). Beware of liquids in small spaces. Never travel without oodles of stickers, baby wipes, a cosy blanket or wrap (we took this one) and a change of clothes. Fortunately, there are people who are far better at these things than…

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Paris, the city of romance. With, err, children…

Before we had a child, my husband and I would hop across to Paris regularly. We’d stay somewhere bijou and cosy (we loved it here); stroll around art exhibitions; do a little desultory shopping (we often went before Christmas, so we’d admire the astonishing window displays on Boulevard Haussmann); stop at cafes for coffee or, later, wine; read in the Jardin de Luxembourg; dress up and have late candlelit suppers before wandering home through cobbled streets. Now, we have our lovely munchkin – and we still want to go to Paris – and take her with us. I have bookmarked this article from Saturday’s Guardian, and will be ordering The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Kids. I will also be studying Babyccino’s guide to child-friendly Paris. And I am in the throes of researching child-friendly accommodation (obviously, being London-based, we’ll take the Eurostar there – kids love trains, right?).…