Travelling abroad with your children can be a daunting prospect. So we thought we’d compile a few points you may want to consider when taking your baby on holiday.
First and most important thing is to find out what facilities and nursery furniture are available at the hotel you are staying at. Some hotels will provide travel cots and high chairs; others even provide pushchairs for day trips. These items may be included, or may be hired on a daily or hourly basis. So it may be worth seeing if it’s cost effective to bring the items over yourself. But remember to account for all the costs involved, as baby goods can be very heavy and going over your weight allowance at checkout is very expensive.
Going abroad normally means taking an aircraft. We recommend not taking your super expensive daily pushchair with you as you find it will get dirty, scratched and even damaged when placed in the hold by the luggage teams. The last thing you want to find when you arrive at your destination is to find you’re without your pushchair. If pushchairs are not available to hire, consider borrowing a cheap umbrella styled pushchair, check eBay for a used one, or look on specialist retailers selling refurbished/reworked items. These offer great value solutions, and can either be disposed of or resold when you get back home.
Being able to take the pushchair onboard the aircraft with you has a number of benefits, but most importantly it allows you to wheel your child off the aircraft. Handling a child after a long flight can be very stressful, so being able to place him/her in a pushchair is quite beneficial for both parent and baby. Unfortunately, most budget airlines do not allow pushchairs to be taken onboard, but some airlines may allow you to bring a pushchair with you and place it in the overhead compartments, or in special cupboards in the stewards’ area. It’s worth checking with the airline to see what their rules are on weight and size; you can then look for pushchairs that fit the criteria of the airline. You may even want to base your decision on airline on its ability to provide an onboard pushchair service.
There are also a number of other baby products worth considering taking on holiday. The one we’ve indentified are baby booster seats. These booster seats are a great temporary replacement for a high chair, take up very little room in the suitcase and are really convenient for taking baby out with you in the evening to restaurants.
Baby booster seat