5 Top Travel Tips For Baby's First Summer Holiday
Finally, it’s the season for sunscreen and suitcases! It's time to pack up everything bar the kitchen sink and take off for some family time.
Travelling with a baby usually rules out travelling light. Your little one’s luggage can really mount up, but this doesn’t rule out travel altogether – you just need to plan ahead. Whether you’re looking forward to lazing on the beach or bursting for a bustling city break, at this time of year we’re all looking forward to a family holiday. Here are some top travel tips to help make your holiday go as smooth as possible.
1. Embark on the Great Grandparent Tour
No one in the world wants to see your new baby more than the new grandparents. And if your baby is lucky enough to have fabulously doting grandparents in their life, planning a trip home, or to see other close relatives, can be a great way to spend a long summer weekend, while also ensuring that you’ll have plenty of people willing to lend a hand. Grandparents prove to be more than willing babysitters, meaning you may even be able to sneak out for a grown-up dinner or two.
2. Keep it Simple
If you do decide to venture out to a holiday resort, try to keep it easy on yourself and your baby. Even for experienced travellers this may not be the time for an overnight international flight or “roughing it” for two weeks camping. Instead, try for somewhere reasonably close to home and search for accommodations that offer up some flexibility – for example, cooking facilities if you don’t want to eat out at a restaurant every night.
3. Stay Cool in the Summer Sun
As much as we enjoy warm weather, it can be tough on everyone’s skin – but especially for a new baby. Choose products with minimal chemicals like WaterWipes: Storing your WaterWipes in the fridge will give you a quick refreshing wipes for both you and your baby. Plus keep a supply of suncream, soothing body lotion, and maybe even a travel spray bottle filled with water to spritz onto hot faces.
4. Talk to Other Moms
Experienced Moms can be a great resource when contemplating a holiday with a new baby, so get the scoop from your Mom friends about what works and what doesn’t for your first family holiday. From nappy bag essentials to what to bring along in the car or on a flight, the insight from Moms who have “been there done that” can be the difference between a successful trip and one that leaves you longing for home comforts.
5. Streamline Travel Gear
New babies need a lot of stuff – but you don’t need to bring everything with you! Instead, focus on the items you use daily. Cutting down the quantity of what you bring can be another way to lighten the load, as many must-have baby products come in travel sizes, which can easily be tossed into a travel bag.
6. Home Away From Home
Whether you’re staying in a hotel or with Grandparents, this is your “home” while on holiday, so make it feel like home. Set up a baby changing area in a convenient spot with nappies and wipes. If you’re using a travel cot or a hotels cot, bring your babies favourite toys and/or blanket so that they feel comfortable in this space.
Do you have any big plans for a summer holiday? We'd love to hear.