Your first holiday with baby is a very special time. Holding her in the sea, bringing her on a boat or plane for the first time, these are just some of the little experiences that make a holiday an exciting event for the family.
When can baby travel?
Three months seems to be an ideal time for babies to travel – they’re not as fragile as they once were and there isn’t too much of an established routine that could be disturbed. Make sure to check with airlines on their regulations about when babies can travel.
Keep them close
From delays to bumpy rides, there are a lot of factors that can stress you out and disrupt your baby, but you can help her during any challenging moments.
Bring her favourite toy as this can keep her distracted and entertained.
Keep your baby close to you to let her feel comforted and safe while you’re on the move. Baby slings are ideal as they keep your baby in skin-to-skin contact, and give you the freedom of your hands, allowing easy rest for your little one in times of rush or panic.
Check out your accommodation first. A hotel may not be for you; sometimes, when away from home, somewhere that resembles a familiar environment can be great for your baby and allows them to relax.
In any country, there will be apartments or cottages available to rent. If you do book a living space, make sure to enquire about baby facilities, as not all type of accommodation may have them.
Keep it light (ish)
When it comes to baby essentials, think about what you can buy when you arrive at your destination, such as wet wipes, nappies, bibs etc. Disposable items are great for when you’re on the go. Always pack a backup of nappy supplies, just in case.
Stick to the usual routine
If your baby has an established routine, it is best to try and stick to it as best as you can. Keep mealtimes and bedtime the same if you can, this will avoid disrupting your baby’s normal schedule.
Your essential packing checklist
✔ Fold-up buggy
✔ Baby sling
✔ Travel mat if baby needs changing
✔ Travel cot
✔ A changing bag
✔ Bring clothes that are suited to the climate of your destination
✔ Keeping babies protected from the sun is essential – bring a hat to keep the sun away
✔ A shawl to keep warm and for some privacy
✔ A breast pump
✔ Meals in tubs will be needed for travel – be sure to check airlines rules if traveling by plane.
✔ Snacks such as rice and cakes are good for when you’re on the go
✔ LOTS of nappies
✔ Sponges, nappy bags, wipes and lotion
✔ An adaptor for a plug-in night light and baby monitor
✔ Blackout blind can prevent baby from waking up early if it’s sunny
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