Planning your first holiday with your baby
Going away with your little one for the first time can be very exciting, and a great way to enjoy a break as well as some quality time with your baby, however, it can take a little more planning than when you used to go away on holiday as a couple. With a little thinking ahead, you can choose the right holiday which is suitable for both you and your baby, meaning maximum enjoyment and a relaxing break for everyone.
To choose the right holiday, there are a few things you need to take into account. Follow these top tips from family travel experts holidaycottages.co.uk and you’ll soon be enjoying your fab first time away as a family.
For your first holiday away together, it’s a great idea to minimise travel distance and visit somewhere a little closer to home rather than flying long-haul to a far-flung destination. This makes the beginning and the end of the holiday a lot less exhausting both for you and the baby. A staycation somewhere a short drive away is the perfect solution, and fortunately the UK is packed with wonderful places to go, meaning you’re bound to find a great holiday destination near you.
Secondly, you should also make sure where you’re staying has all of the amenities you need nearby in case of an emergency. Make sure it’s easy to get to a hospital from where you plan to stay, as well as ensuring there’s a shop nearby so you never run out of baby supplies.
Where to stay
Safety and comfort are essential when it comes to finding somewhere where both you and your baby can have an enjoyable stay. Although many hotels and B&Bs welcome babies, the set meal times and the single room set-up can mean there’s not a lot of flexibility when it comes to eating, as well as how you spend your down-time when the baby is asleep.
However, there are now a lot of baby-friendly and family-friendly holiday cottages in great locations across the UK, offering the flexibility of self-catering as well as plenty of rooms to unwind in when the little one is tucked up in bed. Holidaycottages.co.uk offer a choice of over 2000 family-friendly cottages, and many of these come with baby-friendly features, such as use of a highchair and travel cot free of charge – take a look at their full collection here.
What to do
Now that you’ve decided where to stay, it’s time to decide on what to do while you’re in the area. Make sure where you’re going is going to be easy to navigate with a pushchair or a buggy – avoid cobbled streets or steep, rough and hilly terrain.
It’s also worth making sure any attractions you visit are suitable for pushchairs – you can do this by checking the accessibility section of the attraction’s website before you go. If you have a really tiny baby, you may be able to keep them in a baby sling if you’re just heading out somewhere for a couple of hours.
Finally, it’s time to pack and make sure you have everything you need to enjoy peace of mind while on holiday with your baby for the first time. There are a number of checklists available online detailing everything you might need to take so you have your bases covered – this is a great example.
As well as packing all the items you’ll need, it’s also handy to keep a list of contacts you may need in case of an emergency. These may include your doctor, the person looking after your holiday accommodation and family members.
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