Hippy Chick Hip Seat Giveaway

My two year blogaversiary kicking off each day this week I ill be sharing some fab giveaways for my readers as a big thankyou for the support you have shown my blog first up today is a post from Hippy Chick with the chance to win one of their original hip seats.

CHILD FRIENDLY CABINS, EXTRA BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE AND BUGGIES ON BOARD
Just some of the things parents are calling for to improve the family flying experience

Exploding nappies, projectile vomiting and interminable screaming are just some of the challenges faced by parents when travelling with their children, a new survey has revealed.

The survey interviewed over 600 parents to identify their biggest fears about travelling abroad, particularly by air, with young children in tow and to establish whether airlines and airport authorities are doing enough to support them.

The research has been commissioned by Julia Minchin, the founder of Hippychick, a nursery accessories specialist, whose foray into motherhood was the inspiration for her business. Having travelled long haul with three under-fives, no-one knows better than her the challenges involved ‘One child is trying enough in a cramped aircraft cabin but with three, it’s virtually impossible to juggle changing a soiled nappy in a tiny, confined space, another from racing up and down the aisles and the other from spilling their food or vomiting all over themselves and you.’

32% of those questioned had never even entertained the thought of travelling by plane with youngsters.  So can anything be done to encourage more to take to the skies?  83% agreed that family friendly sections on the aircraft would offer an effective solution.  ‘It would make parents feel more relaxed which would undoubtedly have a more calming effect on fractious kids’ continues Julia.  They wouldn’t have to worry quite so much about their toddler kicking the seat in front of them or wanting to play peek-a-boo with the person behind.’

24% of those who had travelled on planes with small children claimed it was a stressful experience and many of those interviewed volunteered, unprompted, that it was their fellow child-free passengers who caused them the most stress with their intolerant attitude.  However, a carefree contingent (35%) conversely admitted that they would not give a monkey about what their little monkeys get up to on a flight.  After all, they have as much right to be on that aircraft as everyone else.

Although attitudes have apparently changed, almost half of the respondents still cited breastfeeding on a plane as one of their biggest dreads about flying with a baby.  A whopping 96% were more concerned about the anticipation of a squealing, squirming toddler who refuses to put on their seatbelt.

Julia, along with 60.5% of respondents has a real bugbear about buggy regulations. ‘You have to leave it at the departure gate but what are you supposed to do when you arrive at your destination?  Sometimes, you have to walk for what feels like miles to get to baggage reclaim. When you have tired, irritable children in tow, and no buggy for them to sit in, this part of the journey can turn into a painful ordeal.’

Most respondents agreed that airlines were pretty stingy when it comes to baggage allowance for travelling families. 64.3% agreed that carriers should be more flexible and generous, not only with hold luggage but with carry-on, too.  Many parents highlighted examples of where their child had been sick or had diarrhoea on the plane and their carry-on luggage had not allowed for enough changes of clothes.

Kids falling ill were revealed as parents’ primary dread in anticipation of holidays abroad and having to cope subsequently with strange hospital procedures and non-English speaking staff.  In second place was substandard equipment such as car seats which may not confirm to UK standards.  Two thirds of parents also agreed that sleeping arrangements were a concern with children sleeping in strange beds and potentially falling out in the middle of the night.

When asked to reveal their most painful travelling experiences, parents spouted forth with no holds barred. From having to eat their own baby’s food at security to prove it actually was baby food to being delayed for nine hours with no baby food at all, it’s a wonder any families take to the skies at all.

I can feel where these parents are coming from as I am sure you can too which is why Hippy Chick have offered a Hip Seat to one of my readers. To be in with the chance of winning simply enter via the gleam widget below. _COG7824 Hipseat Pink-1

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80 Comments

  1. iain maciver
    June 20, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    unclean toilets

  2. Martina Pichova
    June 20, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Not having my pushchair available when I get of the plane.

  3. Tracy K Nixon
    June 21, 2016 / 4:45 am

    Keeping them entertained!

  4. MANDY DOHERTY
    June 21, 2016 / 5:37 am

    The amount of paraphernalia that you need to carru with you

  5. Tasha
    June 21, 2016 / 6:30 am

    Keeping to keep my baby daughter entertained, flying to Italy next month not looking forward to it!

  6. kim neville
    June 21, 2016 / 6:38 am

    When they get restless and fidgety

  7. janine atkin
    June 21, 2016 / 7:14 am

    the amount of stuff i have to carry around!

  8. Ruth Harwood
    June 21, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Finding toilets when the little ones really need to go NOW!!

  9. Nicola Marshall
    June 21, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Keeping them entertained

  10. Rachel Craig
    June 21, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Children becoming restless :- Therefore we try to ensure have activities to occupy them refreshments and prepared for toilet breaks.

    When stopping it can be stressful in a new enviroment. Yet just want to be safe, secure, stretch legs, get to toilets, have refreshments etc. A map at entrance, of layout of the area showing position of toilets, cafes, restaurants etc would be useful and appreciated. It can be difficult when in a group etc, just want to ensure we are safely together. Therefor it is something I tend to encourage family etc to do i.e. stay together, and look out for one another.

  11. Isabel O
    June 21, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Not having enough to keep them occupied in confined spaces like the back of the car or train/airplane seats.

  12. laura stewart
    June 21, 2016 / 11:51 am

    always being in a rush x

  13. Pam Smith
    June 21, 2016 / 11:57 am

    The fear of running out of essentials so always packing too much

  14. lucy higgins
    June 21, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    keeping them entertained on car jouurneys

  15. Jo Hutchinson
    June 21, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Having to remember to bring so much stuff with you.

  16. Rebecca Nisbet
    June 21, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    The constant ‘are we there yet’ question!

  17. Nicola Morris
    June 21, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Everything we have to take, the car is packed full of all my little girls things!

  18. gemma hendry
    June 21, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    the amount of stuff u need to take with you

  19. Elizabeth Hinds
    June 21, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    The amount of stuff you need to remember! And you always always always forget at least one thing.

  20. emma walters
    June 21, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    filthy highchairs in public places!

  21. Michael Rose
    June 21, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    They always need the toilet at the most inconvenient times

  22. laura banks
    June 21, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    ALL THE STUFF YOU HAVE TO CARRY

  23. Rhia P
    June 21, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Trying to get our fidgety little one to settle down and just sit still… just for 5 minutes…

  24. Kelly Knowles
    June 21, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    mess, wrappers from food, nappy changes, generally stuff getting left from the journey, especially in foot wells of the car

  25. Gemma Huelin
    June 21, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    The kids wanting to stop every 5 minutes for the toilet

  26. Chantiece Bates
    June 22, 2016 / 12:31 am

    Keeping them entertained!

  27. Rachel Ray
    June 22, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Dirty public toilets and inpatient comments from people who have forgotten what it’s like to be little and travelling

  28. jennifer thorpe
    June 22, 2016 / 9:21 am

    the sheer amount of stuff you have to take with you

  29. Jen Schofield
    June 22, 2016 / 11:27 am

    The constant noise in the back of the car

  30. Jen Schofield
    June 22, 2016 / 11:28 am

    And the extra luggage

  31. Kerry Kilmister
    June 22, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Stopping at service stations and them not having clean, safe baby changing facilities

  32. Solange
    June 23, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Keeping them entertained.

  33. susan b
    June 23, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Trying to deal safely with any squabbles going on in the back seat.

  34. Ema J Lowe
    June 23, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Having to remember everything needed.

  35. Karolina Rozwarska
    June 23, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    The stuff I need to carry with me and remembering to take everything I need!

  36. Hannah Scudder
    June 23, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    All the extra things you have to carry

  37. Niki Clifton
    June 23, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    The amount of things i need & sometimes forget travelling with four kids

  38. Terrie-Ann Wright
    June 23, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    The amount of things you need to have with you

  39. Emma Anderson
    June 23, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Nappy changes on trains, I’ve done some horrific ones!

  40. Carrie-Anne Brown
    June 24, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Remembering everything is a nightmare

  41. Allan Fullarton
    June 25, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Keep them entertained, then they stay out of mischief.

  42. Rachel Butterworth
    June 25, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    All of the paraphernalia you have to carry around with you.

  43. Kay Lou Smith
    June 25, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Feeling paranoid that everyone is watching, tutting and judging!

  44. Becky Yeomans
    June 25, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    The ‘are we there yet’ every 5 mins lol! 😀

  45. Laura Harrison
    June 26, 2016 / 1:11 am

    All the things you have to take with you xx

  46. Keri
    June 26, 2016 / 4:52 am

    All the bags I need to carry everyday. And tantrums feel everyone judging

  47. Andrea Miles
    June 26, 2016 / 7:55 am

    getting them to stay sat down

  48. jo liddement
    June 26, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Travel sickness.My little boy suffers terribly from this and makes any travelling a nightmare both for him and us.

  49. Laura Pritchard
    June 26, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Having to factor in toilet stops!

  50. donna l jones
    June 26, 2016 / 11:08 am

    keeping them amused

  51. Ana N.
    June 26, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Keeping them entetained

  52. christine WESTLAKE
    June 26, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    ‘ are we there yet?’

  53. Adrian Bold
    June 26, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Having to keep them occupied 24/7

  54. carol boffey
    June 26, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Keeping them entertained

  55. Tammy Bastian
    June 26, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Having to sterilise bottles etc when they are really young can be quite awkward if in hotels!!

  56. Tammy Tudor
    June 26, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    are we there yet? How long now? questions

  57. Farhana Haque
    June 26, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    The constant bickering between siblings!

  58. Danielle Graves
    June 26, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    the ‘mummmm i need a wee, mum i need a wee, mummmmmmm i need a wee, it’s ok i don’t need a wee anymore’

  59. Rich Tyler
    June 26, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    The short attention span!

  60. Jane Middleton
    June 26, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    extra luggage

  61. Caroline Buckley
    June 26, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Packing far too much and not being able to carry it all

  62. adrian price
    June 27, 2016 / 4:20 am

    EVERYTHING!

  63. Marie R
    June 27, 2016 / 8:30 am

    No changing or feeding facilities in cafes.

  64. Lizzy Cooper
    June 27, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Keeping them busy !!

  65. Diana
    June 27, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Dirty toilets..

  66. Stevie
    June 27, 2016 / 10:32 am

    The length of the journey is most frustrating to me.

  67. Hayley Colburn
    June 27, 2016 / 11:35 am

    my biggest is having nowhere to change my little girl’s nappy

  68. kelly morgan
    June 27, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I haven’t got any children yet.

  69. Jodi hill
    June 27, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Definitely the amount of stuff you have to pack and Carry around!

  70. Nicki Simpson
    June 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Horrible public toilets

  71. Rachel Butler
    June 27, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    When they get very restless and the amount of stuff you have to bring along! Haha! Xo

  72. KARL BOROWY
    June 27, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    not planning in detail

  73. Teresa sheldon
    June 27, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Finding clean places to breast feed and change my baby most places are dirty public loos

  74. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 27, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Public Toilets!

  75. Natalie Crossan
    June 27, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Keeping them entertained!

  76. Rebecca Roberts
    June 27, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Rude people if my little one is haveing a major meltdown

  77. Anneka Hulse
    June 27, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    not enough places to breastfeed

  78. Natalie Gillham
    June 27, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Keeping them entertained.

  79. Leanne Bell
    June 27, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Forgetting to pack something x

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