Lots of babies have been born during the lockdown, and if your little one is one of them, then it’s likely that you haven’t yet had the chance to get away on holiday with them.
With it looking more and more likely that we’ll be allowed to travel around the UK for holidays in the upcoming months, now is a great time to start planning for taking your first trip with your baby.
From preparing what you need to take with you to know the best locations to visit, being fully prepared provides you with the peace of mind you need to have a successful and enjoyable time away.
The experts at Tilly & Jasper have come together with real Mums to put together this handy guide, featuring some tips and advice for taking your baby on holiday for the first time.
Where To Go
From their first touch of sand to their first time on a long-distance journey, your baby’s first holiday will be their initial introduction to the wider world.
For a baby born in lockdown, every new sight, smell and sound will be exciting, so keeping your baby stimulated by their surroundings is easy.
Whether you’re heading across the country to a beautiful seaside town or staying relatively local, wherever you go will be exhilarating for your baby, as long as it’s suitable and safe.
Luckily it’s easy to check before you book, with websites offering help and advice on specific locations and hotels, as well as contact details to directly get in touch with people that can help.
Although it might sound obvious, you should always stay somewhere that has all the facilities that you and your baby need, including the likes of a changing table/room, cot and highchair.
What To Take
Knowing exactly what to take with you can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time away with your baby.
In the weeks leading up to your trip, make a note of everything you and your baby use and need in a day, and make sure these are prioritised when it comes to packing your bags.
Speaking to a mum who’s been on several trips away with her 1 ½-year-old daughter, we’ve put together this checklist to get you started and help you make sure you have everything you need.
Of course, your checklist may differ. Not every parent needs to bring everything on the list, while some will require more items than others. For example, the likes of baby sleepsuits, swaddle blankets and nappies are generally a must for all parents and babies, while a different kind of medication is necessary per child.
If new clothes need to be bought, opting for organic baby clothes with brands such as Toby Tiger, Frugi and Kite clothes is a good way to make sure your baby is comfortable throughout the trip, as well as offering you peace of mind that you’re doing your bit to help protect the environment from the effects of unsustainable clothing.
The key to a successful first trip with a baby is preparation. Make sure you’re fully prepared before you go and be sure to enjoy a happy and memorable holiday with your little one!