We took Hayden away on holiday to Barbados for the first time last year at 6 months old. Whenever anyone sees the blog post they always ask me how was it, did he enjoy the plane journey?, did he enjoy the sea,? what did you feed him,? how was the sun on his skin?
Travelling by yourself is hard enough so travelling with a baby is just as bad. Give yourself lots of time for surprises, Bring everything you need with you — and then extra bits. Some babies find a change of scenery and routine really head while other LOVE it. If you find yourself with a really fussy baby try nursing or giving them something to suck to relieve any pressure they have in her ear. I saw a Father walking the aisles with his little boy Mason who was 8 months, if you are able to do this it looked like it helped a lot. You usually find someone who loves babies and would mind a chat. If you find that there is nothing you can do, you’ve tried it all and you’re at your wits end hang on in there, don’t be shy about asking for help and don’t assume every traveler on the plane is thinking, “OMG why doesn’t she/he shut that baby up?” most of the passengers are mostly parents and know just what you’re going through! Don’t be shy about asking for help. The air hostess’ on our Virgin Atlantic flight were really lovely.
When travelling away it is essential to get full health insurance for everyone on your trip especially yourself and your kids. That way you can be sure that you will get the medical attention you need in cause of an emergency. “In destinations such as the USA, you can actually be refused medical treatment – unless it’s an emergency – if you do not have proof of insurance. If you are treated in America and don’t have insurance, it could cost thousands of pounds.”
If you are travelling within European, you will can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for each member of the family. They will then be entitled to free emergency medical care. This shouldn’t be used as a substitute for full insurance.
Babies under the age of one years old should be kept out of direct sunlight & out of the sun between 11am to 3pm. This is due their skin being more sensitive and vulnerable to the sun’s damaging UV rays. But this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your sunny holiday. Just make sure she is well covered with sunscreen, with a factor of at least SPF30. If you’re on the beach, keep your little one in the shade or use a beach tent. Babies dehydrate at suck a fast pace, so make sure your little one drinks plenty of cooled, boiled water.
I have always been told to book holidays with a credit card. Whether its a package deal, just flights, or accommodation only your credit card will provide you with consumer protection that other methods of payment will not. If you use your credit card rather than a different form of payment this can give you extra consumer protection.
The morning on Don’t get done, get Dom, I found out that “Under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act if you pay for items from £100 up to £30,000 both the card issuer and the trader have responsibility under a rule called equal liability. If anything goes wrong such as the goods are damaged or the company goes into liquidation, you will have protection.”
Some credit cards even provide you with reward type points. You may even be able to find that the best reward credit cards give you the option to use your points toward your holiday.
Food poisoning and breastfeeding
I have read that “If you do suffer from a bout of food poisoning on holiday it is very unlikely that you will pass this on to your baby, but it is wise to take sensible precautions to prevent becoming ill in the first place.” Your baby is unlikely to be affected because breastmilk contains antibodies that help protect against infection. I think its best to be so carefull on holiday – I went on a Babymoon when I was prengant with Hayden to Egypy I avoided unchilled buffet food, uncooked fruit and vegetables. I even avoided anything that may have been washed in local water, such as salads.I carried two bottles of water with me & the fridge was fully stocked with bottled water.
I even brushed my teeth with bottled water HAHA It was advised by the holiday rep & I really didn’t want to chance anything.