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Having a baby doesn't mean you must put your travelling on hold!
Although travelling with a baby on holiday can seem like an intimidating task, especially for first time parents, if you plan well and follow a few basic guidelines, your baby's first holiday abroad can be a wonderful, stress free experience. Within a month or two, new parents will be almost frantic for a holiday, and with a little preparation, travelling with a baby on holiday will be the easiest family holiday you will have for many years!
This is the last time for many years that your family holidays shall not be influenced by the constraints of school holidays, so why not travel slightly off peak, when prices are lower, crowds are dispersed and the midday heat is less intense for your new born to endure. When going on holiday with a baby, your own private space is absolutely priceless. The freedom and space provided by a private holiday rentals means that you can give your baby the attention and care you need, without limitation.
Great destinations for taking a baby on holiday
Top Five Destinations for Going on Holiday with a Baby
Travelling with a baby on holiday in FranceFrance is a superb destination for taking a baby on holiday. The close proximity, luxurious gites and fantastic beaches are ideal, and young children are always warmly welcomed by locals. It is only restaurants that may not be wholly welcoming.
Taking a baby on holiday in EnglandTaking a relaxing break in England is the easiest option for travelling with a baby on holiday, letting you relax without the worry of going abroad. Travel times are short, and your baby will not have to face much acclimatisation.
Going on holiday with a baby to SpainSpain is enormously accommodating towards families and babies. The resorts along the famous sun blessed costas offer a huge variety of clubs for kids and crèche facilities, especially in the south east of the Costa Blanca.
Travelling with a baby on holiday in GreeceBabies will be treated like kings in Greece, perfect if your young ones love attention! Although child care facilities are not provided everywhere, the importance of family in Greece means you can always find willing help if needed.
Taking a baby on holiday in the USAAlthough the trip to the USA is a long one, upon your arrival, you will not have to worry about a thing. The baby facilities across the USA are exceptional, in restaurants, activity centres and at all the major attractions.
There are certain things needed for a baby’s first holiday. Recommendations are that babies don’t fly for 6 weeks after birth, which is perfect, as that is roughly how long it will take to get all the things needed for your baby’s first holiday. Babies born after 1998 will need their own passport, and it is strongly advised that you get travel insurance and an E111 (for European travel). If you are worried about travelling with a baby on holiday, visit your GP to ensure you get any immunisations your baby may need as well as gaining important information and advice about things like sun cream factors, feeding and travelling whilst abroad. A list of baby essentials on holiday can be found at HolidayWithBaby.com.
Flying is usually seen as the biggest hurdle when travelling with a baby on holiday, but taking a baby on holiday abroad by air is not nearly as daunting as it may seem. Airlines, including British Airways will take babies after 48 hours of birth, (if you feel up to it), but guidelines recommend waiting for at least 4 weeks. Some airlines are more welcoming of babies, providing the essentials for babies on holiday, especially when the flights are not fully booked. BMI are often considered the best for going on holiday with a baby. If you pack a bag of baby holiday essentials for the flight, there should be few problems, as the sound of the engines usually puts babies to sleep, especially on night flights. Feeding during take off and landing will also help smooth your baby’s experience, helping overcome sensitivity to changes in cabin pressure.