Mama Magazin
15. November 2015

How To Plan Your First Family Holiday

Planning a holiday with your baby can be very stressful! I spent many hours in front of my laptop when I had my babies, trying to choose somewhere suitable for babies but that would also be a holiday for us parents too. It felt impossible! Finally we made a choice and had a great time. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the choice? Here are my top tips to get you started on your holiday planning.

Holiday with baby
Baby’s First Holiday Fun

We’ve been on many great and interesting holidays with the kids over the years. However, I remember the stress I put myself under with big L and planning her first holiday! H

Here are some tips for family holidays:

  1. Write Down What Everyone Wants First – it is a holiday for everyone so write down two things each person wants/needs e.g babies need to sleep earlier at night, mum wants a massage.
  2. Explore different options – We have used Air BnB, Center Parcs, Mobile Home campsites, Hotels and also private villas for our family holidays. Be open to having something that works for you as a family, especially in the evenings when babies sleep, being quiet in a hotel room is not relaxing for long!
  3. You don’t have to go far – who knows how well they will travel and journeys can be stressful!
  4. Look for as much luxury as your budget allows – don’t underestimate the wonder of someone else cooking or cleaning.
  5. Pack surprises to take with you– this especially helps if things are not exactly how you imagined it. At least you can offer some good surprises such as little toys or books to boost the mood.
  6. Divvy up the planning – or else you will do all of the packing, checking in, car-rental etc.
  7. Do some research for emergencies – as a teacher we always check out the nearest hospital, doctor, chemist, toilet on route etc. before field trips. I’d recommend doing the same on family holidays, especially when you’re abroad and don’t speak the local language.
  8. Take some medicine – for young and old.
  9. Take grandparents – they can give you an hour off and do not have to „live“ in the next room.
  10.  Follow your instinct – I knew I could travel to France with a one week old baby and did.
  11. Write your packing list over a few weeks – my brain functions well under pressure but not without sleep! Keep a piece of paper on the fridge for a week or two before you go and write down all the important things you need during the day too. Keep the list for future trips.
  12. Talk about expectations – no phones? Less tv? Talking about what you all expect before you go could save an argument when you get there.

Relax! Babies love holidays because you love holidays.

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