HOLIDAYING WITH YOUR BABY – FEW TIPS
Holidaying with your baby – few tips! check out this article to be on the safer side. Children are usually adaptable and they surprise us by their enjoyment of new sights and places. I know a young couple, who took their 8 month old baby girl to the mountains on a trek. They bundled her in a baby carrier on their backs and sometimes in a sling made with a shawl. She was like a mascot for the rest of the group!
Careful planning and attending to every minute detail pay off.
VISIT THE DOCTOR:
Let him check your baby. Vaccinations need to be given well ahead of time so that there is enough time for you to work on the baby. Make sure that your child is healthy to travel. Carry an ample supply of medicines that he/she may need—like motion sickness medicine.
Introduce your children to different types of food at home so that you can determine their likes and dislikes well in advance. If they are fussy eaters, you can make arrangements for the kind of food they like or teach them to adapt. If they are adventurous, let them eat whatever they like, provided the food is clean and well cooked.
RESTRICT YOUR ITINERARY:
A one destination vacation is the best when you take your baby or toddler along either to visit relatives or to a family oriented resort; too many places to visit would leave you unnecessarily exhausted and the purpose of your holiday is likely defeated.
Book your tickets and rooms in advance to avoid the “season rush” and find out details of the place you are likely to stay. Like,
• Do they have a good laundry service?
• What are their dining options/
• Do they have facilities for babies and toddlers-like a play area, extra hot water for making baby food etc.
• Is there a doctor available easily?
What are the sight-seeing options?
Get some information from other parents with experience of travelling, from websites etc.
Make a check list of what your baby needs and what your family needs according to the number of days that you are going away for. Keep separate carry-bags for your baby’s things and for other things that you might need while travelling. Keep these bags within your reach so that you won’t need to touch your heavier luggage till you reach your destination.
HAVE FUN ON THE GO:
• Carry light story books
• Take write and erase mini boards
• Point out interesting sights to your child as you travel.
• You can draw funny faces on your five fingers and have puppets talk to each other.
BE SAFE AND KEEP YOUR TODDLER SAFE:
Your child may love to wander—but sudden jolts could slam him against another seat or person, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Insist that he hold the hand of an older person while he is wandering around!