Family Holidays with Babies & Toddlers

Since the summer is here and we’re all thinking about sun, sea and sand in distant shores (we are aren’t we?!) I thought I’d write about some tips for planning and travelling with young children.
Of course, having a family means there’s a lot more to think about when planning a trip. It’s not as easy as booking a last minute deal somewhere hot and chic, packing super quick and off you go! Yet that doesn’t mean with a little thought and research, you can’t find some great suitable destinations and prepare for a really fun, stress-free (ok, less!) holiday together!

Things are definitely much easier nowadays when it comes to having tons of information right at your fingertips with the internet of course as well as loads of brilliant companies that can help you organize your child-friendly trip. Here’s a great list of six sites to get you inspired and raring to go!

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Important things to think about prior to booking your holiday

What is your budget?
When is the best time for you all to go?
Do you want to stay in the UK or go abroad?
What sort of holiday do you all want – beach, city, activity, sightseeing?
Make sure you book with an ATOL or ABTA bonded agent for peace of mind
Make sure your passports are up to date
Some destinations require you have more than 6 months before your passport needs renewing
Don’t forget travel insurance!
    1. Key tips for the journey

      Take plenty of easy snacks (carrot sticks, rice cakes, raisins…)
      Wet wipes – for a multitude of uses!
      Sealable plastic bags – for rubbish, half eaten snacks etc…
      Small toys and books (ones that make noise can keep them even busier!)
      If you have a baby; more nappies (pull-ups can be easier on the plane), milk, food, spoons, bibs (disposable ones from boots are great), change of clothes, wet wipes, dummies, scented nappy bags than you think you might need!
      Colouring pens, paper, colouring books
      Sticker books
      In emergencies, watching a pre-downloaded, a suitable show on a tablet or phone could be a lifesaver!

      Going with a baby or toddler

      This can feel daunting, especially if it is the first time. I would suggest thinking about your normal day and all the things you might need such as highchair, cot, bedding, changing mat, steriliser, baby monitor, washing machine, car seat, clothes, nappies, wipes, bottles, feeding bowls and spoons, buggy, first aid, hand blender (if you’re at the purees stage)…
      Once you have a complete list of all the things big and small you’ll need, check with where you are going to be certain of what facilities there are.
      Remember little ones like familiarity so take some favourite toys and ensure you stick to their routine as much as possible with bed and meal times.

       

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      Until next time xx
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