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22/09/2014 at 07:08
Any tips or recommendations?
22/09/2014 at 10:10
We've taken the boys loads when younger and it's much easier the younger they are! We usually buy nappies etc over there and if you breastfeed and go before they start on solids you don't need to take much with you at all. A decent sunshade (protect a bub is great) and lots of simple romper suits are idle to keep them cool. And don't forget that wherever you go, babies are born there all the time so you'll be fine :)
22/09/2014 at 10:57
As Alaina says it's actually far easier when they're younger. Feed on take off and landing to help with their ears. Nappies/milk can be pre ordered and picked up airside if you prefer to take with you...Some destinations can be pricey for nappies though they do tend to be readily available if you need them. Second decent shade for them and a little inflatable paddling pool is great if you have a balcony or terrace .. not only to cool them off but also in case room doesn't have a bath (thus happened to us and O was petrified in shower!!) Clothes wise think rompers, cotton shorts etc...hats, UV suits and lots of sun cream :-)
22/09/2014 at 10:58
Also an umbrella fold lightweight pushchair is your best friend. You can take right up to the plane when boarding though you will need to pick up from baggage reclaim the other end generally. If you sling a solar weave is worth a look x
22/09/2014 at 11:26
Definitely much better when they aren't mobile. We had a lovely holiday in France with an immobile baby but 3 months later we went to Morocco and he was cruising and we honestly needed a break when we got back lol.
I tend to take enough nappies for the flight and first night then but there.
Lightweight push chair with shade
If baby on solids the only issue I had was when we were AI and his usual dinner time was 4/5pm and this is when the restaurant was closed so he could only have burgers/ice cream or pizza which wasn't ideal over 10 days so we'd often go out and get him something to eat and then at our tea time later he'd also have bits and pieces from the buffet.
22/09/2014 at 17:10
Definitely do it! We've taken S twice now, the first time she was 15 weeks and the second time was a couple of weeks ago. she napped a lot more in the heat-it was great! I'd definitely recommend a snooze shade or the equivalent-at night we gave her her last bottle while we had a drink, popped the shade over the pushchair and took her for a walk and she slept through dinner every night!
Also, if you're hiring a car check out the car seat situation. In Madeira the company we used wouldn't hire out the infant seats. And at Faro airport you could pay to upgrade to a maxi cosi. In the end we just bought one from kiddicare that was on offer as we were worried our maxi cosi would get damaged in transit,
We bottle feed so had to take all of that. The first time we were in an apartment with full microwave which was great. Second time we were in a hotel but picked up some steralising bags in boots which you can use for cold water steralising. Also at some airports you can order milk from boots and pick it up once you're through security.
I think it's a lot easier to take them away before they're moving!
23/09/2014 at 15:05
Hi NLH, if I'm right your LO is a little older than G. My advice is do it.
We've just come back from a fortnight in the Dominican Republic. G was a dream on the 9 hour flight, in fact in the airport people we're coming up to tell us what an angel she was. I think it's because she can't crawl, she was happy sitting on our knee, so there were no drama's, whereas in a few months there will be, so I'm glad we did it earlier rather than later.
I'm going to go against everyone else's advice on the pushchair. I took my full travel system (Stokke). My Mum, Dad, everyone on here and OH all said I was mental and should have taken a lightweight foldaway, but my parents and OH swallowed their words in the first few days. It was an absolute godsend.
The reason being was G was facing us and at table height when we were having meals (and G wasn't eating), drinks, watching entertainment etc.. so she was happy to sit in the pushchair next to us and interact whereas another couple with a baby in a traditional light fold away spent the holiday with a baby too hot being held, or not feeling involved in their pushchair . It had a mossie net which meant G was the only one of us that didn't get bit, a rain cover, and an umbrella, we used all of them and a light foldaway wouldn't have had all that. I also had more space on my pushchair for storing thing day-to-day, it's amazing how much you need to go to the beach for the day with a baby!! Best of all for the flight I got tonnes of stuff in her pushchair above the normal weight allowance like her 2 tubs of milk powder as I packed it all in the pram pack bag which had loads of extra room, that I wouldn't have had with a foldaway.
I took some Heinz powdered food which I whipped up if G was occasionally hungry at non mealtimes. Not the best but it actually was a life-saver of you are going somewhere where shopping may be an issue, and she had tonnes of fruit on holiday anyway to make up for it. Obvious but be aware you have no idea how much salt is in the hotel/restaurant meals , hence G eating lots of fruit.
UV suit wise, go for all in ones. We had separates and all in ones, Gis at that chewing stage and spent the whole time eating her top meaning her belly wasn't covered. Also take a few suits if your baby like water. G was in the pool 3-4 times a day as she loves water and trying to get a wet UV suit (which we took off when we swapped from swim nappies to normal nappies) back on a nightmare.
Get once a day suntan cream. I applied it twice a day anyway, but it meant I was never caught out, with her being unprotected.
Take multiple beach bags if you are taking a lightweight pushchair as above as well as our towels and kindles, there was her, bottles, her bowls and spoon, bib for dribbling, bibs for food, food, normal nappies, swim nappies, cream, wipes, baby towel, change of clothes, UV suits x 2. It all takes up room.
I've made it sound hard work, but in a few days we were organised, with a day bag and a night bag for her, and she only cried 3 times the whole holiday, so she must have enjoyed it as much as us, so go for it.
23/09/2014 at 16:23
We took R when she was 6 months old to Spain for 11 days. It was fairly easy as a short distance to both airports & a short flight. We had just started weaning R so we took enough food pouches/porridge to last us & R is breastfed but we still took bottles for water due to the heat. We took a water steriliser & were advised to only use evian water for her to drink.
We took a little stroller, water ring, all in one swimsuits, towels with hoods, plenty of thin shorts/tshirts & cotton dresses, a shade for stroller, which we didn't use we ended up using thin muslins. We did take a sun tent but it was ALOT bigger than we thought so we never used it, a smaller one would come in handy.
We put a towel on the floor for R to play on in the room but if you have room I would take a small play mat, R loved playing with the little bath toys we took her & bath book.
R loved it on holiday rarely whinged/cried & got herself into a better napping routine ... everyone was very against us taking R abroad because of the heat but she was absolutely fine and enjoyed it.
23/09/2014 at 17:03
Thanks all that's really helpful
Regarding pram, We are taking my bugaboo bee away with us
We have a villa and I think my main concerns are about her getting bored etc. I have brought a small uv tent thing that pops up and will take as many toys as I can for her, good shout about taking her play mat. I have bought a tots seat thing it's a travel highchair and fits on almost any chair so if she doesn't sit in her pram if we go to a restaurant then she can go in a normal chair no problems. I've packed every medicine etc I can think she will need. She's on prescription milk so I've got 2 tubs in suitcases. And im taking her food in my case. And I've ordered all her snacks airside
One question I did have is can I bring her snacks back in my hand luggage on way back? We are going to lanzarote x
23/09/2014 at 17:29
Yes no problem. I took bottles for Grace too. I was told I may have to taste them but I never did, and they x-rayed them in a 'special' box for liquids but it was fine. I assume she'll be on your knee on the plane? If so I suggest you take one of those foil packets of food that squeeze out. I'd never used them before, but you literally squeeze a spoonful of food at a time onto the spoon (pick something suitable to be eaten cold), and there is no need to balance bowls of food, or risk of it being knocked over. I bought 10 airside and used them both ways on the plane and had some spares for days out etc...
23/09/2014 at 19:52
Also, S loved the flight safety card and played with it for a good half an hour during the flight!
You won't be able to check in online with a baby, but all 4 flights we've been on we've got really lucky and had a row to ourselves which I think has been a benefit of checking in in person and they've moved us to an empty row-worth asking when you get to the airport especially if it's not a peak flight/time.
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