The challenges of family travel with little ones
A few years ago, I flew long-haul with my baby son and due to a change of airline I had to collect our belongings from the luggage carousel in Melbourne, Australia before checking in again for our next flight.
The airport queues were long. The luggage carousels were busy. There were no luggage trolleys left, and no airport staff to assist.
It was a nightmare for a parent flying solo with a baby.
Eventually, I found a luggage trolley and had all of our belongings – 1 large suitcase, 1 large duffel bag, a pushchair, plus carry-on bag with diapers, baby food, clothing.
A helpful airport employee – who told me she was a mother too – helped me haul all our stuff through immigration and to the next check-in counter with 15 minutes to spare. I never knew her name, but whoever she is she saved my sanity that day.
Things don’t always go to plan
I thought my ‘flying with kids’ experience would improve – until a year later I flew from Singapore to France with everything destination-labelled, stacked and labelled again and my son’s pushchair never appeared at all on the carousel.
After an endless lengthy wait and with no staff available who spoke English to lodge a missing item report, we had no option but to leave the airport without our pushchair.
With these two examples, in hindsight, I didn’t need to travel with our car seat (a family member hired one locally) and our regular pushchair was more a burden than a saviour when transiting multiple international airports.
Being a parent can be hard work and things don’t always go to plan so if I can eliminate any stress with family travel it’s a winner for me.
Let Bébé à broad do the hard work for you
I’m pleased the French Riviera has a new company – Bébé à broad – that offers solutions to ease the travel burden for other families visiting this region.
In a nutshell, Bébé à broad is a baby equipment and toy hire company so whether you are traveling for the holidays or visiting family, rather than you bring your own childcare items for feeding, sleeping, bath time, playtime and transport they will rent it to you for the duration of your holiday.
Why should you hire childcare equipment?
Travel light: With Bébe à broad, you eliminate the need to pay excess baggage costs and having less luggage with you means it saves time and effort for your family, especially at French Riviera train stations that have lots of stairs or busy airport luggage carousels.
Convenience: Pre-booking your equipment means more time to enjoy your family time, whether you are here for one week or one month. Your order will be delivered and collected from your holiday address whether it be a self-catering apartment, a villa or yacht.
Stress-free: No driving around an unfamiliar country sourcing stores that sell age-appropriate toys, or wondering whether your own car seat is legal under European regulations. Bébé à broad will have everything ready to go on your arrival, customised to your child’s age.
Last-minute emergencies: If you have ever arrived at your destination and realised you have forgotten to pack that one special toy, or checked-in to your accommodation and realise there’s no baby cot then Bébé à broad can help with a selection of age-appropriate toys, baby cots and other forgotten items.
5 top reasons why you should choose Bébé à broad:
1. Bébé à broad’s owner is a mother herself of two children so you are not just hiring from any company – you are hiring from someone who is familiar with the preparation required and challenges of traveling with kids.
2. Clean and safe baby equipment including:
- Travel cots and mattresses
- Pushchairs and strollers
- Car seats and booster seats
- High chairs
- Baby baths
- Baby monitors
- Safety gates
- Play pens
- Toy boxes
- Beach packs
3. Delivery and collection of your hired equipment across the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) from Saint-Tropez to Monaco means you can stay where you want and get what you need
4. Cost-effective rental rates means there’s no need to purchase large expensive items or toys on your holiday that never get played with again
5. English-speaking company means you can avoid any miscommunication or errors in translations of baby equipment, sizes or ages in French
If you are visiting the French Riviera, you can pre-book directly with them via:
Or follow them on Twitter @bebeabroad
What is your best (or worst) travel experience with children? Share your story by leaving me a comment, message me about it http://www.facebook.com/accessriviera, or tweet me @accessriviera
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