Family Holiday…. Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Toddler eating ice cream - Holiday with a baby or toddlerLooking for top tips on going on holiday with a baby or toddler?

With the holiday season upon us I wanted to talk about the trials and tribulations of going on holiday with a baby or toddler.

With our family holiday less than eight weeks away the reality of that perfect family break is hitting home. As a hard working mum juggling full time work, looking after a toddler and running my own business a holiday is just what the doctor ordered…. Or is it?

A Dad’s Hilarious post about going on holiday with his six month-old son

Whilst looking for inspiration in writing this blog I came across this hilarious post. A dad valuable lesson learned taking his six-month-old son on holiday for the first time. Fellow blogger Matt Coyne, 41, from Sheffield shared a detailed account covering everything from flying with a baby to why sandy beaches are a bad idea.

Toddler drinking babychino - Holiday with a baby or toddler

Coyne went on to document the things he learned while holidaying with his “tiny human”.

“To go away for a whole week, it’s roughly the same amount of stuff that the Nazis took to invade Poland.”

“Also, don’t take an expensive pram on a flight. The moment you check in and that pushchair disappears behind that rubber curtain, it is collected by two wrestlers who smash it against a wall for half an hour before it is transferred to the runway, where they reverse the plane over it a couple of times before placing it in the hold.”

“At your destination, for some bizarre reason, you have to collect whatever is left of your pram (a wheel) from a baggage carousel that’s [edited out of politeness] miles away.”

Baby changing facilities on planes also got a mention.

“When airlines say they have ‘baby changing facilities’ what they actually mean is: ‘a shelf’,” he continued.”

“Also, changing a baby in a plane toilet is like the hardest round on ‘The Cube’.”

“Basically imagine trying to carve a turkey in a phone box, now half the size of the [edited out of politeness] phone box, and arrange for an incontinent dickhead to bang on the door every five seconds.”

Coyne addressed the issue of baby passports (they’re a “rip off”), babies and sun cream (they turn into “slippery seals”) and the heat (apply factor “thrumpteen sun cream”).

I can so identify with this…. so I thought I would share a few of my top tips to make life easier when traveling on holiday with a baby or toddler.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

It’s a pain to travel with more than a day’s supply of nappies, wipes and other necessitates. So have things delivered to your destination by using same/next day delivery in advance when going on holiday with a baby or toddler. And did you know you can even organise to order formula in most large airports to pick up on the other side of security so it doesn’t affect your baggage allowance? Make sure you know what hand luggage restrictions are at the airport. Visit https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/baby-food-and-baby-milk for more information on restrictions on baby food and milk.

Travel hands free

No I’m not referring to your mobile phone! When traveling on holiday with a baby or toddler you need as many pairs of hands as you can find. So pack a rucksack for hand luggage and take a sling or baby carrier if you have teeny ones. On a long flight to the States our Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One was a life safer. Not only did it leave us hands free to handle our luggage we were able to rock our baby to sleep pacing down the aisle – without a dead arm! https://www.babybjorn.co.uk/baby-carriers/baby-carrier-one/

Pack a little home from home

Be sure to take a small piece of home with you! It really helps to pack a few familiar things from home. Pack their favourite pillows and blankets. And make sure you have their toothbrush and toothpaste they use every day so they don’t pitch a fit when brushing their teeth. It’s the little things! Those little home comforts are what makes your little one feel safe in unfamiliar surroundings. And whatever you do, don’t forget Peter Panda! http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30221316/

Let me entertain you

Always be prepared with an entertainment survival kit when going on holiday with a baby or toddler. Keeping your kids amused on a long flight, in the airport, in a restaurant or simply while you take a shower is a necessity for holidaying with little ones. Books, colouring, and puzzles all come in neat travel size packages, ideal for a travel toy bag.

Whilst I am a big believer that technology should be used in moderation with toddlers, there is certainly a place and a time for it. And on a long flight is one of them. Take a tablet with 100 best episodes of Peppa Pig pre downloaded so you don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi. It will help in those situations where being at one with nature or creativity just isn’t possible.

Lastly a tip I learnt from the oldies was to always buy a new toy or souvenir when going on holiday with a baby or toddler and surprise them if you sense a tantrum approaching.

Going potty!

Going on holiday with a baby or toddler during the potty training days can be a nightmare. As if you didn’t have enough in your hand luggage, now you’re expected to add a potty! And now you can… Yet to try this but my mummy friends swear by it. A fold away travel potty with disposable bags – genius. http://www.mothercare.com/Potette-Plus-Fold-Away-Travel-Potty-and-Trainer—Blue/957870,default,pd.html

Children - Holiday with a baby or toddler

But despite it all, I have one message to parents about taking children on holiday. For all the stress and its challenges, to spend time together making memories is incredibly special. And on that note I’ll end with this quote by Dr. Haim Ginott:

“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”

Toddler playing in water fountain- Holiday with a baby or toddler

If you have any great tips for making life easier when going on holiday with a baby or toddler, or have come across any life-saving products on your travels, let us know by sharing them on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/petiteflea/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Happy holiday season!