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08/06/2014 at 14:56
We weren't planning to go away with S until the Autumn, but somehow ended up booking to go to Madeira for a short break next month, S will be 14 weeks. We have an apartment so access to fridge, kettle, microwave for making bottles. As I'm pretty pale I tend to camp out in the shade and after lunch usually go back to the hotel room for a nap anyway so will just take S with me. There's an indoor pool as well as an outdoor one so I thought it might be less hassle to swim with her inside to save the worry of her being in the sun.
Does anyone have any tips for the flight and holiday, or suggestions of must have items that aren't obvious? We need to get a stroller for her (obviously one which is suitable from birth), so any suggestions would be great (bonus points if it's available in John Lewis as we have lots of vouchers!). Are we crazy even attempting this with her being so little? We're fairly laid back and take things in our stride but I'm a bit concerned that this might not be a great idea.
08/06/2014 at 15:16
What about one of those little uv suits and hats?
08/06/2014 at 15:19
08/06/2014 at 15:42
That's a cute one, all the girl ones I've seen so far are really pink! I'll get one in case, although I'm planning to keep her in the shade/indoors where possible. Was thinking of a snoozshade or similar for her stroller if we go out for the day.
08/06/2014 at 15:44
Sounds like a great idea! I've no advice but would go if I had the chance :)
08/06/2014 at 19:32
The younger they are the easier they are to fly with!! Have you thought about using a sling instead of a stroller, much easier imo. We went away when Isobelle was 3 months to Rome & because we didn't take a buggy we could take 2 baby items so took her car seat (for taxi rides to & from the airports) & a travel cot. Then used the sling on trains, buses & the metro. With the care seat we took 2 bin bags to tape around the car seat as they can get a bit battered on the transfer onto the plane! We took a few hats for her & clothes that we could layer during the day (like leggings or leg warmers to add to her summery outfits). We didn't take too many toys as we found she liked playing with simple things like drinks bottles & magazines!! If I think of anything else I'll let you know!
08/06/2014 at 20:44
I done it when my little one was 15w and it was pretty simple. They are still at the sleepy stage so bottles for take off and landing and they'll sleep in the middle. We took a koodi sun and sleep basinette and it was a godsend and it worked perfect with my angelcare. I used it both during the day and at night. I found he got really hot on the buggy but was really cool in that. Instead of blankets we used a muslin as it was light enough not to make him too hot yet enough to prevent him being cold as blankets can be too heavy. Boots do a microwave travel steriliser that fits 2/3 bottles and its pretty compact for your case.
25/07/2014 at 21:55
Just wanted to update to say thanks for the help and in case anyone else is in a similar situation. We got back yesterday and had an amazing time, S was brilliant, slept well, let us enjoy dinner out and seemed to really enjoy it.
One of our best buys was a snooze shade. We picked it up in kiddicare and in the daytime it was great for shade and in the evening it was good for when she fell asleep in the pram before dinner and meant that most nights she slept at least until desert!
I also took her grow bag, which is only 1 tog, and she was fine in that with just a nappy. I think it helped her sleep as the travel cot is bigger than the crib she's used to and she's just discovered rolling!
Lastly, I took a £3 paddling pool which we popped on our terrace in the shade and it was perfect for her to cool down in when we didn't want the hassle of going to the pool
I actually think she was a great age to take away. Obviously we spent lots of time in the shade but that's fine by me as I do usually anyway! We also took her to the indoor pool rather than the outdoor one as it was a bit warmer and plus we didn't have to worry about the sun. I'd definitely recommend it if anyone is considering it!
25/07/2014 at 23:50
Sounds brilliant. Glad S enjoyed herself (and you too!!) xx
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