September 08, 2016
Time to book your first holiday with baby? How exciting! There are many factors that you must consider when deciding where you and your little one will holiday. To make planning less stressful, check out our guide on how to pick the best break for you and the family.
Choosing Your First Family Holiday
If you can, avoid travelling in the school holidays and go in term time. One of the beauties of having a small baby! Do this for as long as you can with family holidays, to keep the costs down.
Believe it or not, flying with a small baby is actually much easier than travelling with an older child – so make the most of it and travel before your baby’s on the move! A crawler or toddler would much rather be up, out of the seat and running around. Travelling with a younger baby means you can also take advantage of cheaper airfares.
If you’re thinking of travelling outside the UK, babies can fly from a young age. However, it’s probably best to wait until they’re around 6 months, and have had their vaccinations. Check out the NHS guidelines for flying with a baby. Consider booking a ‘sky cot’ for the little one, which are usually available on long haul flights. Check with your airline for details.
Do you fancy the UK, Europe, or further flung beaches? This will probably depend on the age of your baby and if you’d like to fly or drive. If you’d prefer to drive, the UK offers fantastic options. Devon, Cornwall, the Cotswolds or the Lake District make perfect getaways. Family friendly European destinations like Spain and Greece are just a short flight away. While looking at a longer flight time, some winter sunshine can be good for the soul!
Check out booking sites that specialise in family friendly holidays for destination inspiration. Top of our list are Baby Friendly Boltholes, Tots To Travel, Smith & Family, i-escape Kids Collection and Kid & Coe. These all offer accommodation that’s suitable for the family, with facilities you’ll need in mind. Tots To Travel even offers an ‘Essential Kit Guarantee’ – a list of 20 must have items for parents, that their accommodation provides. Essentials that you need to look after the baby, including changing mats, monitors and sterilisers.
Another way to holiday with the little one is to go to one of the family friendly festivals that pop up throughout the UK in summer. Camp Bestival is the original and leads the way, offering activities for kids of all ages and parents alike! However, there are many day and weekend events all over the UK to take your pick from. For more info on destinations to travel to, check out the Gov.UK travel advice service before booking.
Have you thought about holidaying with other people? Holidaying with the Grandparents, or families with babies of a similar age can be a great option if you don’t mind spending the holiday with more than just your new little family.
Going with Grandparents brings with it the benefit of built in babysitters. If you go away with a group of parents, it’s perfect for sharing the babysitting between you. Whichever holiday suits your family, check out our guide to holiday travels with baby.