Before you start dreaming about sandy white beaches and the crystal clear waters, don’t forget that you will need to do some extra planning for your baby or toddler, that way you can be sure to relax on your holiday.
The main issues to consider are: Has your baby been given all the appropriate vaccinations before going on this holiday? Is his/her passport ready? If your baby is very young you might want to double check with the airlines for all the information you need. If you are going to be traveling through airport security, make sure any liquids are safely packed in hand luggage.
Another question to ask is if you will be able to easily wash clothes while you are on holiday? If not, it would be a good idea to buy disposable bibs, swimming nappies and also disposable changing mats that you can then throw away. This can definitely make your trip a lot easier. Don’t forget to pack armbands so that your baby can enjoy some swimming time as well.
Sun protection and keeping the baby hydrated is one of the most important things to take care of, use sun creams that have a high SPF factor and don’t be afraid to use them generously. Also keep a bottle of water/milk always handy for your baby to drink from constantly. When booking your holiday look for places that are suitable for your baby, places that are baby-friendly can facilitate to your needs such as providing you with a cot for your baby to sleep in or daycare services. Many places could also have a list of highly qualified babysitters who can play and look after your little one, while you can take a break and relax.
If you will be going on a plane, it would be best to try not to let your baby sleep before the flight so that he/she will most likely sleep during the flight, and during take-off and landing.