So this is where the needle scratches across the record and the reality check kicks in!
When you think about the military precision it takes, just to go to the shops with your new baby, imagine what it’ll involve when planning a holiday!
The truth is, all the work you have to do at home to care for your tiny baby is exactly the same as when you’re on holiday, and all without the convenience of being in your own home with all the bits and pieces right where you need them.
So how do new parents manage? Read on for some essentials that’ll help your first holiday go that bit smoother…
- Top of the list – expectations! Even before you start thinking about where to go and how much it’ll cost, it’s probably wise to be realistic about how much of a holiday you’re likely to have with a young baby. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the bother of having a break, because we all know the benefits of a change of scene, even for a few days. It’s just worth remembering that compared to your pre-baby days, you’ve now got your little bundle of joy 24/7, meaning your options for outings, activities and peace and quiet are far more limited.
- So you’ve decided you’re going, the question is, where? Home or abroad? For many new parents, the prospect of air travel, even a short hop to France or Spain, is too much to deal with when a tiny baby is involved. It’s quite common to opt for a trip in the UK, where everything is familiar, everything can be packed into the car, and anything that’s forgotten can be easily purchased without wondering about unfamiliar brand names or ingredients
- If you decide you’re up for an overseas holiday, it pays to thoroughly research the hotel or resort you’re planning to visit. In short, give them a thorough Google! Check feedback and comments, grill your friends with babies, and best of all, get recommendations so you’re confident that all you and your baby’s needs will be catered for.
- Make lists. Even if you’re not much of a list-maker, it’s worth giving it a go to avoid any ‘Oh no!’ moments when it’s too late.
- Consider going away with friends who also have a young baby. Since your movements and outings will be restricted by baby’s needs, you’d all be able to support each other and provide company if you’re stuck at your base all day. (Plus there’s the added benefit of a free babysitter (provided you’re willing to take turns!).
It’s all perfectly do-able with a little confidence and organisation. There are also major benefits to getting baby used to travel and flying early. It’ll make future outings and holidays so much easier, and there’s the small matter of all those memories from the holidays in the early years.
That’s really something to look forward to.