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25/03/2013 at 18:29
So, E's passport arrived today, and i've put her onto our national health cards. We're desperate for a holiday and I think that's the paperwork done to enable us to fly. So I think we'll go self catering somewhere in Tenerife for a week - that way we've a fridge/kettle to make E's formula.
My questions so far are:
* What do you do about a car seat for the transfer from airport to hotel? Do you take your own? If so, does it get checked in? I don't like the idea of it being bashed around in the plane hold - it'd surely then need to be replaced as for if it were in an accident?
* When would you buy nappies/formula etc - she's a special formula (comfort) so i'd guess that'll need to go into the hold luggage..? Can you buy nappies at the airport in duty free? Is it worth us doing this or would you put them in the case? Or do I risk being able to get them there?
* I'll need special water right? Bottles with a certain level of certain minerals?
* We'll also need a cheap stroller, no way will my Icandy be going in the hold/
* Anything else i've completely neglected to think of?
Can anyone shed any light? Thanks in advance.
25/03/2013 at 18:38
- we hire a car with a car seat but if you get a coach they can go on yor lap
- you can order formula and collect airside from boots so it doesn't get counted in your weight allowance, nappies I always buy a big pack airside
- I just buy Evian once we get there
- iCandy can go in the hold but if you don't want to then just buy a cheap one yes
- Make sure you have travel insurance
- Consuder buying a UV tent and obv a UV suit for baby, plus factor 50 kids and take a good first aid kit
25/03/2013 at 18:46
We're going to Boston in August when Ben will be 8 months and well be using taxis so have decided to buy this stroller/car seat combi. www.kiddicare.com/.../productdisplayA_54_10751_-1_14601_165634_10001_
25/03/2013 at 18:55
Aw that's fab Hepburn thank you.
I shall look into the boots thing now.. Very good to know! Could do the same for nappies, wipes, sterilising fluid etc etc.. Save a fortune in luggage!
Noodle - will the car seat go in the hold? I'm just a bit nervous of that (perhaps needlessly so).
Right - UV tent search on Ebay! Thank you.
25/03/2013 at 19:09
We took A away at nearly 5 months.
Our transfer was by coach so A went on my lap.
I took 1 tub of formula in my main luggage and I think I took a packet of nappies too which I spread out over the suitcase to save on space. I pre-ordered some pre-made cartons at the airport for the flight and transfer. Would that be an option?
Water - you just need to check the sodium level.
I picked up a cheap stroller on my local FB selling page for £20.
We went all inclusive and I paid extra for a 'baby pack'. I could have had a stroller if I wanted, I got a steriliser, bottle warmer, sun tent and something else which I forget. Can you see if that would be an option as it would save space/weight in your luggage.
25/03/2013 at 19:35
I think the car seat does go in the hold which is why I wanted to get a holiday one.
25/03/2013 at 20:10
You're alot braver than me. The hought of going abroad with Henry, hours on a plane, possible feeding issues, argh! Centre parcs for me this year haha
25/03/2013 at 20:11
Eta- I wasn't trying to put you off I was referring to his difficult feeding issues and general grouchiness
25/03/2013 at 20:51
We're going away when A is 16 weeks (have a family wedding in Crete), and we are planning to buy the travel bag for the iCandy, as I don't want it to get bashed around too much when we won't have been using it for that long. Don't know about formula or nappies, but the health visitor told us to check the water if we are using formula.
25/03/2013 at 22:24
We always buy nappies once we get on holiday, you won't have a problem buying them but we normally get supermarket own as Pampers (Dodot) are expensive. I've always taken my own infant carrier, it goes in with fragile luggage rather than the suitcases so I hope it will be ok. I'd never take an expensive pushchair after seeing how they throw them around and getting my Maclaren back broken! Protect a bub sunshades (or those similar shapes) are fab and give better coverage than a parasol.
No idea about formula but in Spain you can get bottled water that is suitable for babies water, it has a small picture of a babies bottle on the side of it!
25/03/2013 at 23:08
We've been abroad a few times. We only took the car seat once & I would definitely recommend getting it shrink wrapped (or whatever it's called) at the airport. We didn't do it on the way out & it got quite grubby & wet but was fine when we had it wrapped on the way home. The other 2 times I just carried my daughter on my lap.
I breast fed so don't know about formula but I've always taken my own nappies (& then know we have space on the way home for souvenirs!).
I don't really use a buggy & would really recommend getting a sling or carrier (depending on how comfortable you find them). It's so much easier to get around & also I felt safer in taxis when she was strapped to me.
Just my experience but hope it helps
26/03/2013 at 06:25
Can I just jump in here - when you say te water for formula needs to be checked what are we looking for exactly? And as I'm already in Europe would this matter or does it vary country to country?
27/03/2013 at 07:31
It's something to do with mineral levels lb I'll see if I can find nhs guidance somewhere when I'm on the laptop.
Thank you very much for this ladies.
Got a cheap stroller to be collected today. Two uv suitable for E but don't think we'll fit a uv tent in. They look huge? Am thinking we might be able to buy one there?
As for sleeping arrangements. Did you put them in the cot provided? Should I take my own sheets etc?
27/03/2013 at 07:32
Aw and yes BK we've a sling, my mom suggested that for the taxi but wasn't sure it'd be allowed x
27/03/2013 at 08:15
LB it's something to do with the sodium levels of bottled water.
I'd definitely recommend a sling for the airport. The pram was the last thing off the plane at the other side and it was so much easier with A in the sling getting on and off the plane.
I took 2 sheets and 2 sleeping bags with us. A went in the cot provided.
27/03/2013 at 13:53
I think you'll be ok with slings in taxis, I've done that in black cabs over here on a few occasions & also on the bus, I doubt there'd be a problem. That's what I did in Romania when we went there.
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