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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