Useful Tips When Travelling Abroad With A Baby | Born Gifted
The summer is a fantastic time for kids to unwind from school and enjoy being free from lessons, exams and homework for six weeks. It can also prove to be a long period to amuse the little ones to ensure they don’t become too bored. As much as they will enjoy the time off school, soon enough they will get fed up and need something to keep them entertained.
Whether you stay in the UK or take a vacation abroad, it is important that you ensure the children are occupied and kept busy. If you are planning your baby’s first holiday abroad this year, here are some top tips on travelling abroad with a baby.
Does my baby need its own passport?
When can my baby fly?
Do I need to book my baby its own seat
Even if the baby is sitting on your lap, a ticket still needs to be booked. Most airlines classify infants as children under the age of two and they are provided a lap belt to put around the baby during take-off and landing but you may want to ask for a travel cot for the duration of the flight.
Do I get extra luggage allowance?
My toddler needs a buggy, can I take it?
Will I be able to change my baby on the flight?
Most airlines offer changing facilities in the toilets on the plane. The cubicles have fold-down tables for you to change your little one’s nappy so even if you do plan on travelling for a long duration, rest assured you can still take care of your baby’s needs.
Where is the best place to travel with a baby?
When going abroad with a baby try to choose a destination that is free of diseases. Your baby will be too young to be vaccinated so check with your doctor of ideal countries. Try family-friendly short-haul destinations like Italy or Spain; the vast majority of citizens speak English which helps when it comes to asking for baby changing facilities and they have lots of touristy areas which are great to keep children entertained. Ideally avoid areas where there is a potential for conflict, terrorist threat, natural disasters etc!
Will my baby need special sun cream?
Babies are very prone to dehydration and sun protection is very important in hot countries as they can quickly get sunburnt. Make sure they are covered at all times with a t-shirt and hat and choose a factor of at least +30 with an SPF (sun protection factor) but ideally 50 SPF. Cover thickly on areas not covered by clothing and don’t forget their hands, feet and ears.
Look after your baby’s delicate skin and if he/she is younger than six months, it's best to keep him out of the sun completely. Sunglasses may seem a little extravagant but they can help to protect their eyes and don’t forget to attach a parasol or canopy to the pushchair.