Many parents won’t even attempt a family holiday until their kids get to around age eight, which is a crying shame. There’s absolutely no reason to prevent you from travelling abroad with a small child, and in fact, infants are much easier to bring along on a trip before they begin toddling around and causing havoc. Often, you’ll find there are no extra costs incurred with a little one in tow and all-inclusive holidays are good value when travelling with kids. So, pencil in some well-needed R + R time, and book your holiday to somewhere bright, beautiful and low-maintenance: Tenerife or the Costa del Sol are ideal. And remember, packing is half the battle. Here are some top tips.
Carry on, regardless
If you’re planning to take baby on a flight, you’ll need a secure method of holding her which is comfortable for you both; a baby sling which is easily removed is the best way to go. If you can, speak to one of the stewards before boarding your flight, and ask if there are any spare seats available. Most airlines will be quite accommodating about letting you sit somewhere with more room. Additionally, many international and long-haul flights provide bassinets, so it’s well worth inquiring in advance about such facilities.
Allow a double nappy and wet wipe allowance as standard, and bring along spare pacifiers. Clean, light blankets, spare plastic bags, and a change of clothes for both you and baby will also be useful in-flight; these are what will make the difference between arriving at your destination frazzled and sticky or relatively calm and collected.
There are a few items that can really help your baby settle in to new and unfamiliar surroundings. Bring along an inflatable baby bath to make bath time a doddle, a nightlight to help with those midnight changes and a travel cot if this is something your accommodation won’t provide. Little extras, like swim nappies, a baby monitor and travel blackout blinds might seem a little excessive, but they could seriously add to the enjoyment of your stay if you remember them!
The likelihood is, if you’re travelling to a good quality family-friendly hotel, there will be facilities on-site to ease the stresses of your stay. Just remember to find accommodation with the option of babysitting, and give yourself at least one night off, you deserve it!
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