Taking your baby on holiday
Your family being young is no reason to stop travelling! Travel with a baby or toddler entails organisation, but it is all worth it in the end.
1. Choose your baby friendly holiday location well, crèche facilities, babysitting, kids clubs & pools should all be on the tick list.
2. A cruise, sun holidays, family resorts, all-inclusive packages, are all recommended for the young family. Confirm when you book that they will have a cot, highchairs etc. to lighten your packing load and save on excess baggage charges!
3. Compile a packing checklist in advance, just so you don’t forget anything.
4. Bring along anything your baby can’t live without, eg. their favourite blanket, formula (enough for the entire trip), cereals they like etc..
5. Plan for the unexpected and give yourself plenty of time. Arrive at the airport early, don’t leave yourself rushed or stressed.
6. Babies can become over-stimulated during travel. Try to plan longer flights during times they might be naturally sleeping to allow them that much needed rest.
7. Board the plane last, let your travelling partner go ahead and pack away cabin baggage – small children don’t need to be in a confined space for any longer than necessary.
8. When you arrive at your holiday destination, enjoy!
Tips provided by www.babytravelshop.ie see the full interview on TV3 Ireland AM here: http://www.tv3.ie/ireland_am_video.php?locID=1.65.74&video=63325
Travelling through Dublin Airport with a Baby
House Swap Holidays – worldwide
The swap system is quite simple. You sign up with an agency such as Homelink
you get access to all their members and their members get access to you. A house swap is based on mutual trust.
It costs around €100 to have your home listed with photos, it is shown on the organization’s website. The website has the advantage in being updated frequently, there is also the option to be listed in the home exchange book for an extra fee.
A good idea: “Exchange with a family with children of a similar age to your own – your children will have a whole new set of toys, books and videos; extra perks include local babysitters and playmates for your children.”
Most websites list thousands of properties in many countries, so the options are endless and it is time consuming.
Your flights and spending money!
Ireland – You don’t have to go far to enjoy quality time with your family this year. There is a wealth of attractions on your doorstep, and you can make an Irish break the highlight of your summer!
Mount Falcon 4 * hotel
The perfect spot for a short break, Mount Falcon Estate is a luxury country hotel lying between Foxford and Ballina in County Mayo.
2 night b&b 1 evening dinner €159 pp free children up to 2yrs
Self catering 3 bed lodges from €135 per night
We love: After breakfast each morning children are given little bags of bread to feed the ducks on the lake. They provide • Cots • Stair gates (for lodges) • Team of local ladies available to babysit Facilities • Wooden playground • Swimming pool with a toddler area • Bikes with baby seats • Children’s menu http://www.mountfalcon.com/