But hang on a minute; its a bit of a strategic mission to spend the day with your family. How on earth will I cope with a holiday for a week or two? you ask.
Let’s just take it one step at a time.
1. Consider a destination closer to home.
Unless you’re travelling for a specific purpose try choosing a destination closer to home. Preferably decide on a plane or car trip that is no longer than a couple of hours. Each child is different and you really won’t know how yours will react to long distance travel.
Most parents are concerned about how their baby’s behaviour is affecting those around them, so a shorter trip gives you less time to worry about your baby’s reaction to the journey.
The first holiday is really about getting your feet wet for future trips.
2. Do some research?
What attractions and activities do you want to see and do? Will it be easy to push baby around in a pram or would a baby carrier be easier? Do these attractions require baby to stay quiet? Can you stop, feed and change when it suits – will there be baby change facilities nearby?
Look at your accommodation; do they have cribs and high chairs available? Maybe you might like a babysitter for a night out on your own – do they offer this service? Has your baby started on solids; then you will probably like to have at least a kitchenette available.
How are you going to get about? Public transport can be fairly easy to navigate with a pram. Perhaps you might like to hire a car; you will need a car seat. You could bring one from home or hire one from a baby hire company.
3. What should you pack?
Now this list can get pretty long, look what you take to visit the family for the day.
To start with you need: nappies, nappy rash cream, change mat, wipes, nappy disposal bags, and possibly a dummy.
You may need a few medical items like: teething relief, baby paracetamol, baby sunscreen, and baby insect repellent.
Then consider your baby’s age and eating habits. If they are still on breast or bottle then you only need bottles and possibly formula – take a bottle brush and some detergent. If you are travelling somewhere between 4-6 months maybe take some rice cereal if they decide they want to start solids. If your baby has started solids take a selection of foods that your baby likes. Some babies will eat whatever is put in front of them, others are fussy. You know your baby best so make a judgement call.
Of course don’t forget the clothes.
Going on you first family holiday doesn’t need to be scary it just take a little planning and research. Finally how your baby acts at home is highly likely how they will react when travelling. So remember you baby’s schedule and remain flexible. And have a great time!
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Hi my name is Sally-Ann Brown I write a “Toddlers on Tour”. I am a wife and mother who has always had a passion for travel.
When I had my son in 2008 and joined a Mother’s Group I realised many mum’s needed tips and advice on travel with kids. “Toddlers on Tour” was formed.
My advice is based on my 20 years’ experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, a Bachelor in Tourism and Marketing, plus researching many travel books, websites and blogs.
I hope that my advice helps you to have an enjoyable journey.
Sally-Ann @ http://www.toddlersontour.com.au