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Summertime Tips – Best Holidays with Babies

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    Here are some tips from the Small Steps mums in the office:

    • Don’t go too far – short car or plane journeys can be fine (but remember the Journey Bag and other tips from our Summertime Tips – Travelling with babies, toddlers & young children previous news feed); long journeys can be very difficult for young children as they will want to run around and won’t be able to.
    • Don’t go anywhere very hot – young children will struggle with a big change in temperature and their skin is so very sensitive to the sun’s rays
    • Consider self-catering – although this means you won’t get a break from cooking (!), it does mean that you can give your young children food you know they will like and at meal times that suit them. Eating at odd times and in hotel restaurants can be very unsettling for little ones and very stressful for you too!
    • Book somewhere very baby & toddler friendly – with high chairs, cots, stair guards etc. all provided. So much easier than taking your own! There are many websites that can help here – we like Away with the Kids – why don’t you check them out? - They often have great Late Availability Offers too!
    • Don’t try to do too much – plan lots of chill time for your little ones. How many times have we all seen a wailing child being dragged around a tourist attraction or struggling to keep their eyes open late in the eve? Doing less will make the holiday so much more enjoyable for all of you.
    • Look for Kids Clubs & Crèches – if looking to stay in a resort, check to see that it welcomes babies & toddlers and if they have any Kids Clubs and Crèches for young children – to give you a little break and time to completely relax as well – aaah….
    • Look for Baby & Toddler paddling pools – young children love splashing around in water, so try and book somewhere which has specific shallow baby & toddler pools, where they won’t be splashed or unsettled by older children jumping in around them for example.
    • Look for beaches with good access to loos & baby changing facilities, friendly cafes and nearby parking too. Most young children love building sandcastles on the beach but beautiful and remote beaches are all very well, but a long trek to get there isn’t much fun with little ones. If your child needs the loo, they can also be tricky (!), not to mention that they don’t easily provide a nice cup of coffee or an ice cream for mum!
    • Look for Blue flag or Good Beach Guide recommended beaches – these beaches are the cleanest ones around. See the Blue Flag and Good Beach Guide websites for more information.
    Relax & enjoy your holiday, from the Small Steps Team
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