Guide to Stress-free Baby and Toddler Friendly Holidays

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So you’re probably thinking about grabbing a cheeky break away with the family. Travelling with babies or toddlers? This thought would send a shiver down many people’s spines. But don’t fear…help is here! We’ve put together some handy tips and advice, from which hotels are the most baby friendly, to how to have a stress-free flight in this baby and toddler friendly holidays guide.

 

Where in the World?

There are endless possibilities of toddler friendly holidays and destinations, and where you go will depend on many things….your budget, what you want to see and do, how old your children are etc. Going long haul will allow you to explore many wonderful places, but are they right for a week away with the little ones? For some, that answer may be yes! But generally, babies and toddlers struggle to sit still for long periods, so a getaway in Europe could be the perfect solution. Babies and toddlers love a good beach – there’s so much to do! From digging the biggest of holes to taking their first steps into the sea. Soft sandy beaches will be your child’s best friend, with shallow calm waters that will allow your children to explore – and allow you some time to relax too. The Algarve region in southern Portugal sees around 300 days of sunshine a year, so there’s a good chance that it will deliver a sunny backdrop for your family holiday. The 5-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel is perfect for both parents and kids – of any age. In fact, this large resort’s excellent family-friendly features can be a godsend, especially for those with babies and toddlers. You can find all of the usual kid-friendly amenities, like kids’ clubs and child-friendly menus, but the resort really stands out with its child-only dining areas and relaxing spa treatments (even for babies). Plus, all areas of the resort are child-friendly, including bars, restaurants, and pools. There are even dedicated pools for babies and toddlers, a teen-approved pool, and a sports academy and excursions just for kids. Plus, being right on the beach, you’ll have spectacular sea and countryside views, plus a busy central square with shops, restaurants, and bars.

Flying with Babies & Toddlers

Getting to the airport on time is a major win for anyone with young children. Getting through security and navigating to the correct departure gate can seem daunting, but there are a few things you can do to help make things a little easier. Pack light, and if you can, wear your baby! A harness or baby carrier is sometimes much easier than using a buggy. You can be much faster and more nimble if you’re short on time. The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One is a godsend, keeping your baby comfortable while you can go hands-free. But if you’d rather take a stroller, the Silver Cross Jet is sturdy, lightweight, and best of all, it folds down so small that you can take it on the plane with you. The good news is, most airlines will let families with young children board the plane first, so you’ll have more time to get everyone settled before taking off. Though you can be in Portugal or other parts of Europe in just a few hours, this can seem like an age if the kiddies don’t want to settle. If you can, requesting an aisle seat will make your life much easier, so you can stand up and go for a walk with your baby, or go and change them if little accidents happen, without disturbing your neighbour. Try not to travel with hundreds of nappies and wipes squeezed into your luggage as you’ll find you don’t have space for much else. Why not buy them at your destination? Just travel with enough to get you where you’re going to and maybe a day or two after.

Getting around

If you’re hiring a car whilst you’re away, don’t forget to hire a car seat too, and maybe a SatNav. A car can often be the easiest way to get around, and there are some great deals out there. One of the best family-friendly countries to explore by road has to be Italy. But if you’re not too confident in driving on the ‘wrong side of the road’, Italy also has a fantastic rail network.   Why not stay in historic Rome for a few days and then take a train down to Naples? Internazionale Domus is a centrally located 3-star guest house, offering easy access to Rome’s main shopping and sightseeing areas. Featuring views of Spanish Steps, it also provides a wide range of facilities, such as a concierge and babysitting/child services. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are large and great for families. All have kitchenettes, and 2-bedroom suites have a second bathroom. Once you’ve reached Naples, 4-star Hotel Royal Continental offers generous suites which are great for families. The hotel makes an excellent base in Naples, and is close to the area’s well-known tourist attractions, including Piazza Plebiscito, Royal Palace of Naples and the Teatro di San Carlo.

The Colosseum in Rome, toddler friendly holidays

Credit: Willian West

Compare travel packages to find a holiday that will work for you and your family and enjoy baby and toddler friendly holidays. Also have a look at: When in Rome, Stay at These Hotels

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