Top Tips for First Family Holidays
First holiday with the little one can be a daunting prospect. You may have got their summer wardrobe sorted, but those 7 suitcases stuffed full of bibs, nappies and more nappies (just in case) still don’t seem like quite enough. So quash those first time nerves, as we’ve got asked some of our favourite family lifestyle bloggers what makes an (almost!) tranquil first holiday.
Mini Travellers: 'We first travelled abroad with our 6 month old twins and 18 month old and my top tip would be to book a family friendly villa/hotel which has all the kit. If they have baby baths, stair gates, sterilisers, high chairs etc then you have to take much less and it's far less stress. We used Tots Travel but there are lots of similar family travel operators. An alternative tip is to feed your baby a bottle when taking off or landing as the sucking helps their ears.' Karen
Honest Mum: 'My top holiday tip would be to take some dried snacks/food and milk in your suitcase if your baby/toddler is not being breastfed, in case you find they won't eat a lot abroad. I had this problem with my first son who was a picky eater and the healthy crisps and cartons of milk helped a lot.' Vicki
Mummy Mode: 'The first time we went abroad, my daughter was 22 months and I was pregnant with my son. Despite packing a ton of toys for the plane, it turned out she just wanted to push the seat-belt buckle in and out for most of the journey. I found packing little surprises in our suitcase a good trick, from sticker books to magazines; I gave her something different each day, keeping the entertainment momentum going. Getting L involved with shopping for a new rash suit, sunhat and sunglasses seemed to make the practical SPF stuff more exciting, as it was presented as a treat. Although I have to admit, keeping a sunhat on my toddler for more than five minutes was almost a mission impossible scenario...' Helen
Mr and Mrs Plus Three: 'My top tip when travelling with kids (older ones) would be to get them involved by giving them a disposable camera. This helps them focus on all the interesting new sights and also keeps them occupied. Plus lots of snacks and travel games of course!' Amy
Running in Lavender: 'Travel at night as the young kids are more likely to sleep! Travel games and mini quizzes are great to keep kids entertained. Controversial, but I really recommend taking an iPad with videos and educational games. Use sun care that is child friendly, I really like the ones you only have to apply once a day.' Heledd
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