Baby’s first holiday
You’ve survived the first few months and braved exploding nappies, crying fits and sleep deprivation and now it’s time for a break. While it will be a bit different from your usual holiday, we’ve got some tips to make travelling with baby a little easier.
Consider a holiday at home
Travelling abroad with baby can be a bit challenging, as you’ll have to pack less than you’d like. A holiday in Ireland or taking the ferry can be a good option as you can still fill up the boot with everything you need.
Ask family and friends to join you
Going on holidays with family or friends can be a nice idea, as you can take turns babysitting and this way everyone gets a break. Just make sure you’re all comfortable enough in each other’s company.
Make sure you organise passports early
Getting acceptable passport photos for babies can be tricky. Go to a chemist as opposed to a booth to make sure you have plenty of chances to get the photo right. There can be long delays (especially for first passport applications) so make sure you start the process early to allow for additional requests for documentation.
Choose family-friendly accommodation
Kids clubs, crèches, mini discos, playgrounds and kids pools can make a big difference to your holiday so choose somewhere that caters for kids.
If you’re travelling abroad, make sure to travel light
Only pack what you absolutely need. Remember, there will be shops where you’re going. Do get a lightweight buggy for the trip and a baby carrier might also be a good idea.
Check out what your accommodation has in advance
Many family-friendly resorts are geared up for kids so they may supply baby equipment like cots, feeding, chairs, buggies and baby monitors. They may also offer towels and bed linen. Make sure to check out what they have in advance to save yourself doubling up and having to pay excess baggage fees.
Bring a blackout blind
There’s nothing worse than glaring sunshine for waking a baby at 5am so make sure to check that the curtains are dark enough. Alternatively, bring a blackout blind with you – you’ll be glad you did.