Taking a baby or young toddler abroad can be terrifying. Believe me, I’ve been there! Amy was 4 months when we took her on her first flight and I was a bundle of nerves when we arrived at the airport, but with a bit of preparation and by following some simple tips, things really don’t have to be stressful. I have blogged about flying with a baby or toddler before, but with summer and the holidays coming up, I thought I’d share some products with you that will keep your little ones safe during your time abroad, so that you can enjoy some well-deserved rest.
1. ID wristband
It’s oh so easy to lose your little one on a crowded market, in a shopping centre or in a leisure park. Be prepared for every eventuality and make sure that your child wears a wristband with your contact details, details of accommodation and potential medical information at all times. That way, it will be easier to reunite you, should your offspring get lost or provide medical care in case of an emergency.
2. Sun protection
Especially, if you are traveling to warmer countries, sun protection for your baby or toddler is vital. Apply sun-screen before leaving the house and remember to regularly touch up throughout the day, particularly, if you are splashing about in the pool or sea. Another important thing to remember is by packing sunglasses for your kids. When you look around at the beach, most adults will wear their shades, but they seem to be forgetting their little ones whose eyes are so much more sensitive and really need the protection that good quality sunglasses can provide. I particular love the kids sunglasses from Bolle but of course, your kids will love picking out their own shades, so make sure to take them along when buying their first pair or let them browse the internet with you when choosing the right model for your offspring. A beach shelter and some UV-protective beach clothing for your little ones should also be on your packing list and beach shoes might be another good addition to your travel suitcase.
3. Swimming accessories
Summer holidays are all about water fun. Be it splashing about in the pool and jumping into the waves on the beach, water play is a vital part of any summer holiday. To make sure that the adventure doesn’t turn into a disaster, make your children wear swimming aids whenever you are near the water. You should still keep an eye on your children at all times, but a float suit or arm bands will provide you with some peace of mind and give your child more confidence in and around water.
Sleeping in a strange environment can be scary for little ones. Add to that hotel beds when they’re used to their cot or toddler bed and the drama is complete. Travel cots and bed guards will make your little ones feel a little safer and will also put your mind at rest. For added security, bring your baby monitor along or ask your hotel/resort, if they have monitors for hire.
5. Food preparation
Generally, eat and drink whatever you fancy, holidays are just as much about discovering new culinary gems as they are about soaking up a new culture, but while experimenting is fun, make sure to check that food is thoroughly cooked and piping hot when served. Avoid tab water in countries with poor sanitation and prepare your babies bottles using bottled water. For advice on foods to stay clear off when traveling, check the NHS website.3
What’s your top tip for keeping safe and healthy on holiday?
To check out some of my favourite products to keep your little ones safe on holiday, check out my holiday essentials board on Polyvore.