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Tips For Taking Your Baby/Toddler Abroad


With many families still jetting off on their holidays this summer I thought it would be a great idea to share my top tips for taking a baby or toddler abroad. Having taken Amelia abroad on her first holiday back when she was just 6 months old a lot has changed since then and we are off again in November when she will be 19 months old which I know will be a completely different experience. 

Here are my top tips to think about when taking a baby or toddler abroad: 

1. Choose the right destination 

Deciding on the right destination for you and your family can be rather intimidating. Where to go with young children, will it be family friendly, away from night clubs, will there be too many OAP's? There are so many decisions to make but it’s best to choose somewhere you know you and the children will enjoy visiting. Whether this be a beach holiday or a cruise holiday, you need to decide what will work best. For families with babies under 6 months old you will need to be mindful that some countries will need vaccinations and children under that age won't have them. For babies older than 6 months, the choice is yours! It's always a good idea to visit a destination that isn't too hot either. 

2. Plan your flights carefully 

If possible try to book the flights around your baby or toddler’s nap time, especially if they are older they are less likely to just fall asleep at any time like they would if they were a newborn. Ask for a sky cot if your baby will need it and if you can afford it book an extra seat otherwise you will end up holding baby for the duration of the flight. You may be lucky enough and get them a seat if the flight isn't full towards the back of the aircraft but this isn't always available. For more tips and advice on flying with a baby check out this post

3 . Pick a family friendly resort 

Once you've decided on a destination, research a few resorts, ensure that they are family friendly and have to offer what you require and cater for your needs. Are you able to get a cot, is the room safe, what about a balcony? Is there enough entertainment for your child at the resort? 

4. Stay safe in the sun 

Ensure that your baby or toddler is protected from the sun’s harmful rays especially during peak times of the day. Try and get as much shade as possible and keep them hydrated. For more tips on how to keep your baby safe in the sun check out my top tips here

5. Don't forget travel insurance! 

This is vital! You don't want to be left with huge expenses to pay when you get back if anything were to happen. For a limited time only Allianz Global Assistance is giving away a free Trunki Ride On Suitcase when you buy an Annual Policy as well as a free Trunki Water Resistant ‘PaddlePak’ Backpack when you buy a Single Trip Policy! These are perfect for packing your little one's essentials.  

Simply spend a minimum of £20 (on single trip policies) and enter the code fb130ffer in the Customer Code Box. For more information click here

6. Bring plenty of entertainment 

Don't forget plenty of toys, also an iPad/tablet or DVD player work wonders if you have run out of ideas! Ensure that you have their favourite programmes downloaded and that should keep them happy. Bring new toys that they haven't seen before, perhaps even bring some household items for them to play with, the options are endless. Babies, especially toddlers, get bored and distracted very easily! It's always best to be over prepared and have too much than too little. Same goes with food and clothes. 

7. Take a baby carrier! 

If your baby isn't able to walk, it’s a great idea to have them in the baby carrier - much easier for getting about the airport and saves the hassle of putting the pushchair up and down. If your toddler is still pretty young, a lightweight pushchair is probably your best option as it will be easy to close down when boarding the plane. For more baby essentials check out my holiday essentials. checklist here

Do you have any tips to share on taking a baby or toddler abroad?

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48 comments

  1. I dont have a baby, but I think it is very useful post! Thank you.

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  2. I think you are very brave taking a little one abroad, at the moment, I am too daunted to even think of it!

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  3. Great tips and it looked like a lovely place.

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  4. My son wants to take his 2 year old abroad for the first time, some fab tips for me to pass onto him, thankyou

    @tjsi1963

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  5. Annie Costa @LaaMoii22 August 2013 at 19:34

    Great tips,thanks for sharing!

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  6. Always take a folding buggy, even when they are older. Might be a pain when checking in a at the airport but is really needed when out in the evening and they get tired. You can also hire buggies in most resorts.

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  7. how very informative i feel like ive just been to college

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  8. Great advice

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  9. Very good advice. One other tip is to always use bottled water not tap water for drinks/formula feeds and always check that the sodium content is OK for babies & not too high as it does vary.

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  10. Fab tips handy for all them 1st time mums out there who wish to take their babies on holiday!

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  11. Good advice - and quite reassuring. I always find going on holiday with babies so stressful, because you just can't forget anything, or it's a disaster!

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  12. Well done you! I didn't take mine abroad till they were 2, but another tip I would like to share is a lot of holiday companies/hotels have a system whereby you can hire baby stuff like cots, buggies, sterilisers etc at the destination which saves valuable luggage weight x

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  13. great advice will take it on board for when we go away

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  14. Great tips thanks and should come in handy with my 5 month old son.

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  15. Thanks for the advice! I will bookmark this page for when we book a holiday!

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  16. Fantastic advice!!

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  17. I've never dared - holiday in the UK instead :)

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  18. Great tips, you are so brave trying this and good luck with the next trip.

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  19. So usefull alana williams

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  20. it was stressful enough packing for a weekend camping with my baby!! Thanks for the tips x

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  21. great tips, with 2 babies under 2 they will come in very handy x

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  22. great tips.

    buy travel toys such as small board games to keep them amused.

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  23. IM STILL TO DAUNTED TO TAKE MY 2 YEAR OLD ABROAD YET BUT THIS IS A REALY GREAT ARTICLE THANKS

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  24. My most important tip for holidaying with a baby is take a hat for the baby and a shade for the buggy.

    Gorgeous baby btw.

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  25. Thank you for your tips. We just returned from our first '' as a family'' trip abroad and we survived! JUST!

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  26. Wonderful tips, I'll keep these in mind when the little one is born.

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  27. Id love to take my girl abroad but to sure how she would handle the heat at 2 years old

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  28. Great tips! Keep them coming :)

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  29. Michelle Rutter Hughes shell_shoez27@yahoo.com1 September 2013 at 23:19

    Great Tips its most apparent that you relax don't show the child your stressing or panicking else the child will also x

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