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Summer’s here and you may well be heading off on your first family holiday. Nervous about travelling with baby. You needn’t be. Here are 10 tips to make that family break with baby memorable for all the right reasons!
Keep your schedule simple
All parents will tell you that when you have a child you have to factor in extra time for doing just about everything. That means you shouldn’t try to cram too much in while you travel. You’ll be absolutely worn out by the end of each day if you do.
Waste no time in unpacking
Once you step into your accommodation, unpack straight away and try to recreate the feeling of home as soon as possible. This will help you to be more organised. Place the baby in a cot and give them some toys to entertain them while you unpack.
Bring a buggy
You might have to pay a little extra for the luggage, but it’s truly worth it if it allows your child to catch up on their sleep while you see the sights. You and your partner can take turns pushing the buggy so that you don’t get too tired.
Use a baby sling
Alternatively, you can carry baby around by using a baby sling. This gives you the extra advantages of being able to keep a close eye on your little bundle of joy and not having to lug a buggy around all the time.
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Don’t break the routine
Keep to the routine as much as possible. This might be a little tougher if you’re in a different time zone, but after the first day or two of the trip you should be able to settle back into the routine. Baby needs that all important bath on a night time regardless of where they are!
Take the time to breastfeed
Breast feeding will save you luggage space and the hassle of having to warm up bottles, sterilise equipment, carry around powdered milk, etc. Your baby will also benefit by receiving antibodies to help protect them while you’re out on your travels. If it’s particularly hot, you should drink more water than usual to dilute the milk a little, and if you don’t have enough milk give your child some water to drink as well.
Bring a nightlight
Remember, you’re not in your usual surroundings, and the night light will help to keep your baby calm when they bed down for the evening. The night light will also enable you to carry out those night time nappy changes with minimal fuss and disturbance.
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Resealable bags come in handy!
When you’re travelling with a baby, you have to take all kinds of creams and liquids with you. Pack any creams or toiletries in resealable plastic bags to stop any leakages messing up your belongings. Take a spare blouse or two as well, just in case.
Have breakfast in bed
Buy a few simple items like fruit and have your breakfast in bed before you head out on the day’s adventures. You’re on holiday after all. This is quicker and will dispense with some of the dramas you can end up having when you breakfast with toddlers in the hotel dining room.
Visit a family friendly destination
Of course, you can make life even easier by travelling to somewhere the whole family will love. Thailand is a favourite with European families, and you can get some excellent deals on destinations like this and other places. The beaches are beautiful and there are some superb family friendly hotels.
These tips will make your trip a whole lot more enjoyable. You may even use some of them when you’re not travelling!