It’s summertime, and the best time of year for you to get out and about with your baby and enjoy all that this amazing season has to offer. If you have planned a holiday away, the task of packing, travelling and having a baby with you on holiday must be incredibly daunting. On your best day you may feel like it takes you hours to get organised and enjoy just a simple trip to the shop, let alone a long journey to another country. But there is really no need to panic. As long as you are organised and can some what prepare for how your baby is going to react to going on holiday (we know this can be tough) your holiday can be a fun packed experience that all the family can enjoy. What is better than creating amazing memories for your little one and exposing them to new experiences that will help with their development? So sit back, relax and take a few tips from our guide that will help you regain that holiday excitement.
How To Prepare
Ever heard of that saying “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. Well when you are planning a holiday with a baby, this goes from being a classic work place slogan, to a truthful statement. If you are completely organised from booking the flight times to packing, then the whole experience should prove to be so much better. Remember if you are calmer, then baby will be calmer.
Before You Book
Whether you are flying or driving it is typically advised that you try and book times that don’t interfere with your baby’s schedule too much. If you can base your travelling time around naps, your baby will feel a lot more refreshed when you arrive. If you can’t do this, especially with plane times, try and get your baby into a new routine before you leave. If your baby’s nap is going to be interrupted by a few hours, then try moving the nap time forward or back to suit. If you are travelling to a completely different time zone, then this can really help baby settle in earlier and prevent that dreaded fear of your baby crying the entire journey.
What To Pack
With weight restrictions, not enough car room and even train space, your packing for baby will need to be organised with only the essentials. We often feel that we will need to take absolutely everything with us including every toy. However by taking only the essentials, you can save on space without baby going without. Here are a few essentials that you may want to take with you;
Travelling with your baby can be the hardest part of the trip, but as long as your baby can get reasonable rest and be entertained, then it should be less stressful. If you are travelling with a toddler, they may start to play up through excitement, especially if you are on a long journey. If you are on public transport then remind your toddler about being quiet for other people and make the journey more of an adventure by pointing things out of the window, or giving them an activity book about the transport you are using. This will help make them forget how long the journey is taking and make them feel as though they are involved. If your baby or toddler feels sick at all during the journey make sure you have bags, a change of clothes or medication on hand to deal with it. If you are unsure of any medication you need to take with you, consult your doctor before you travel.
On Your Holiday
Now its time for you and your baby to start enjoying your holiday and having fun. However there are a few key things to keep and eye on whilst you are away to ensure that your baby is safe and well.
Keep an eye on the climate and dress your baby accordingly. If you are in a hot country ensure that your baby is in the shade, and is wearing a high factor sunscreen and a hat. As your baby’s skin is so delicate, it is vital that they stay out of the sun and always keep their head protected to avoid heat stroke. You will also need to keep an eye on your baby’s hydration whilst you are away as hot climates mean that they will need to drink more. Ask your doctor the best way to keep your baby hydrated before you travel. If you are in a cold climate, ensure that baby is covered up correctly, paying close attention to their hands, feet and head. Be sure to adjust the layers accordingly however as if you go indoors where it is slightly warmer, baby will be uncomfortable with too many layers on. You will also want to keep an eye on what you eat and drink. Buy bottled water and avoid ice cubes in drinks to be safe. Ensure that food is cooked properly and avoid any foods that are washed with unsafe tap water.
Keeping these things in mind, your holiday should be fun and the perfect chance to make some amazing memories together. Enjoy your holiday!