All parents look forward to the time when they can take their little one on holiday. After all, there’s no better time to enhance your bond as a family than on a lovely vacation. And you get to show your child amazing things like the sea and sand for the first time. However, while there are lots of wonderful aspects of taking your child away on holiday, it can also be incredibly stressful. After all, it’s going to be very different to the last time you went away with just your beau! Therefore, you need to plan and research different things now that you have a baby in tow. That way, you can ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime. Therefore, here are some ways you can make your first family holiday baby-tastic!
Don’t travel too far
While you would love to make a trip to a far-away destination, it’s definitely not something you should do when you have a baby in tow. After all, if they have never been on a plane before, you are not sure about how they will react when you get on the jet. And if you are up in the sky for over six hours, it can make for a very painful journey for you and baby! Therefore, to ensure you have a great time on your hol, it’s best to choose a destination which is only a couple of hours away by jet. Or if you would like an easier break, you should opt for a holiday in the same country. After all, you can still have an amazing time even if you stay in your home country. In fact, you might find a wealth of places which are perfect for your family to visit. And if you and your partner have never been there before, it would make for a great family holiday for the three of you!
Think about the transport you need when you get there
It’s so important that you think about how you are going to carry your baby around while you are on your travels. After all, it might not be so easy to drag the pushchair around on your vacation. Although a lot of airlines will allow you to take a pushchair alongside your luggage, it might be a struggle to get it around when you get there. Therefore, you might want to take a small foldaway stroller which will be easier to move around while on holiday. Or even a baby carrier would be a good move to ensure you can get your baby around. You can easily attach your baby and it will be useful when walking around the busy tourist area. And you can read more about the best travel products for your child on sites like Baby Travel Made Easy. Also, it’s worth checking the various rules about car seats before you travel. After all, you might want to take your child’s car seat along as extra luggage so you can safely maneuver your baby while you are abroad! Therefore, make sure you read up before you go, so it goes smoothly.
Choose a family orientated hotel
The idea of a family hotel might leave you and your husband shuddering. After all, you might be used to going to quiet hotels which focus on couples. However, as much as the thought might leave you with dread, it’s a must to ensure it’s family-friendly. After all, it can help you to feel more at ease when you are there with your little one. At the end of the day, with other families there, it won’t matter so much if your baby starts having a tantrum. They won’t be offended as their children might be misbehaving too! And at a family-friendly hotel, you know there will be plenty to do which will occupy your baby. For example, there might be a small park you can visit with your child. And there might even be shows on at nighttime which are perfect for your kid. Also, you can take the benefit of the extra facilities like a hotel babysitter at night and children groups during the day. That way, you can get some time alone with your husband while you are on vacation. Therefore, hunt down a great hotel which will cater to your young family’s needs. You can often find a ton of advice online which will help you to look in the right direction for a great hotel.
Pick somewhere that isn’t too hot or cold
After you have a baby, you will notice that you check the weather reports a lot more. After all, you want to ensure your baby stays the right temperature when you are out and about. And you want to make sure they are dressed appropriately. It’s the same case when you are going on your travels. While you might love to go somewhere hot to work on your tan, it’s not always the best for your child. After all, if the weather is really hot, they will start getting flustered and grumpy when out in the sun. And you are putting them at risk of getting burnt when they go out in the sunshine. Therefore, you need to make sure you pick a destination that won’t get too hot for your first family holiday. You might want to go in May or June when a lot of places aren’t scorching. Also, you need to make sure you don’t go somewhere too cold. While places like Finland and Iceland might sound brilliant, you don’t want your kid to end up with frostbite. Therefore, avoid places in winter for the sake of your child.
You need to ensure you pack all the essentials
It can feel like a mission when you have to pack for your first family holiday. After all, it feels like you need everything when you are headed away. And you really don’t want to forget anything. After all, it’s not so easy to pick up your little one’s favorite toy when you are in a different country! Therefore, make sure you go through the bag at least twice before you leave home to catch your plane. First things first, make sure you have enough clothes that cover a variety of weather. Even if it’s set to be warm, pack some cardigans and sleepsuits just in case it’s colder at night. And then make sure you have a whole bag of nappies to take with you. It will get you started until you have found a good local shop which sells all your necessities. You then need to ensure you have lots of toys which will keep your kid busy on holiday. After all, your baby is likely to get bored while you are away. Therefore, toys will ensure you can relax while you are on the beach. And make sure you create a separate travel bag which you can fill with essentials like snacks and toys to keep them busy in the car and on the plane. After all, you want to make the journey as pain-free as possible for you and your partner!
On your first holiday, you are bound to create memories that will last forever. After all, seeing your child look at the sea for the first time will be a fond memory. And their first time on a plane can be an exciting time too. Therefore, to ensure you remember the fantastic time forever, it’s a good idea to take a camera and a video recorder with you. That way, you can film and capture highlights which you can look back on in years to come. In fact, you will want to show your little one when they are older about their first holiday.