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5 tips for booking the best holiday destinations with a baby + free packing list

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When you’re planning your first holiday with your new baby, there’s a lot to consider. Here are the main things to research when you’re looking for the best holiday destinations with a baby.

You’ll need to work out what suits your budget, but also your requirements as a new family.

These tips break down the main points to think about so that you can plan an amazing, stress-free trip!

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What to Consider when Looking for the Best Holiday Destinations with a Baby

1. Accommodation

If you can create a “home from home” environment for your baby and you, so many other things will fall in to place.

Think about finding accommodation that caters to your needs as a new family, with comfortable sleeping arrangements and baby-proofed accommodation.

Depending on the age of your baby and if they’re mobile, balconies might be off the table.

To make your life easier, and save on the amount of things to pack, find out if your accommodation can provide a travel cot for your baby to sleep in.

2. Distance

Whilst jetting off to far-flung climbs may sound idyllic, the plane journey might not be so much fun. Although, we have shared some tips on how to make your plane journey easier here!

Related: 5 Tips for Flying with a Baby!

Baby Lying on Tummy

If you’re travelling far, consider how the change in time zones may affect your baby’s sleep patterns. You can plan for this transition to make things easier once you arrive and return.

If you’re travelling by car, try to break up the journey and plan a few stops along the way to get some fresh air with your baby.

Baby friendly vacations do not need to be rushed – take your time to enjoy every second from the minute you leave home to the moment you return.

3. Location

As well as finding accommodation to suit your family’s needs, also look for a family friendly location.

Child friendly holiday destinations have something to offer for all of the family. Ask your friends with kids to recommend their picks for the best resorts for babies and find out what worked for them.

If staying in a resort, check that nothing could present a hazard or make things difficult for you to get around.

If your baby is in a pram or stroller, are all aspects of your location easily accessible?

Take along a baby carrier to make getting out and about with your baby easier.

4. Entertainment

What do you plan to do while you’re away for yours, and your baby’s, entertainment?

Older children might enjoy some time in the kids’ club but babies and toddlers will be with you.

That isn’t to say that you won’t have fun getting around and seeing the sights with your little one!

Taking some familiar toys and books from home will entertain your baby during travel and quiet times while you’re away. Plus, they will make their routine more familiar at bedtime which, in turn, might help them get to sleep more easily!

Baby with Stuffed Toy

5. Cost

Finally, when researching your trip, be mindful of your budget.

As well as the cost of the holiday itself, factor in travel insurance and any extras that might make your trip easier.

A baby carrier, a travel cot and a travel stroller might be necessary to buy, hire or borrow from a friend.

Going on holiday with your baby for the first time is a fun and memorable experience.

Let us know your top picks for baby friendly holidays!

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