Baby’s First Holiday

30 November, 2014

Before You Go

Firstly, try and modify your expectations. You can forget the long lie-ins and nights out that you used to associate with being on holidays. Your first holiday with your baby will be great fun, it’s just important to acknowledge that it’s going to be different.

If you’re desperate to get a little adult time while you’re away, consider taking a holiday with friends who have children of a similar age, or with family so you can share baby-sitting duties.

Lastly, make sure you choose your accommodation carefully. With a small baby, renting a small condo or apartment can be easier than a hotel, as you can enjoy a BBQ or a glass of wine after the children are in bed.

 

Pack Carefully

Check what’s available at your destination and don’t double up - another advantage of going for the rented condo/apartment option is that high chairs and travel cots are sometimes provided.

Pack the essentials like a travel health kit and plenty of sun protection, but remember, unless you're really off to the middle of nowhere, you’ll be able to get hold of the main brands you're used to or equivalents that are just as good.

Going abroad? Don’t forget your baby’s passport. If you haven’t got one yet, you’ll need passport photos of your baby, their birth certificate, and a co-signatory. They can take several weeks to process so make sure you leave plenty of time.

Click the picture below for a handy printable checklist:

Flying With Your Baby

Most airlines allow parents to choose whether they want their baby to travel on their lap or in a baby seat, but some of the budget airlines insist that babies travel on a parent’s lap. Find out what your airline’s policy is in plenty of time.

When it comes to baggage, some airlines offer infants the same allowance as adults and some offer no allowance at all. Make sure you check your baggage allowances on the airline’s website before you go to avoid any extra fees at check in.

Click the picture below for a handy printable checklist:

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