How to Choose Infant Friendly Holiday Destinations
Many parents avoid traveling with their infants because it’s troublesome, costly and also the fact that they’re not likely to remember these events in future. And the list of excuses goes on and on…
If you ask me, I think these are baseless claims.
Our five-month-old-baby has been on four road excursions, and it’s evident that she enjoys them as much as we do. She sleeps and feeds better, and she giggles more often. If you’ve been shying away from traveling with your infants, give it a shot and you’ll see how much it opens up your toddler’s mind.
That said, there’s just one thing you need to keep in mind: Choosing an infant-friendly destination. Luckily, there are some fantastic holiday destinations that are suitable for babies. Read on to learn how you should go about picking an infant-friendly destination.
One of the greatest concerns among travel moms is the flight they’d have to take to get to their destinations. When picking a baby-friendly area to explore, we always pick destinations that are in close proximity to reduce the travel duration.
Sure, you can successfully go on an 8-hour flight overseas, but chances are that both you and your tot will be extremely tired; not to mention famished.
So it’s always better to choose a destination that is not distant. More so, there should be a direct flight to your designated holiday destination. You don’t want to go from a 7-hour flight to another or to a boat trip, which will finally take you to you to your scheduled destination.
Safety is key
Although this is a no-brainer, it’s still important to emphasize. Any destination you choose ought to be safe for both you and your baby; safe with regards to the stability of the country and also from a public health point. Based on your toddler’s age, they may have only had a couple of vaccinations. Be sure that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date before heading out for the adventure of your lifetime.
Whenever possible, stay away from very remote areas that could pose significant health risks for your baby. It’s also vital to consider the food hygiene and accessibility to safe drinking water.
Before having my baby, I could blissfully visit hotels that were isolated from the busy lifestyle of metropolitan areas. But after having my baby, finding a convenient location is my top priority.
Ideally, you should pick an area that is strategically located and one that is close to attraction sites. It’s also important that you find good food and transport means so that you are always well-fed and able to get around easily. Advisably, the attractions should be in walking distance, allowing you to go back to your hotel in the event of any emergency.
When traveling with your infant, one of the things that should not miss is a baby carrier. With the best baby carriers, you are able to maintain a closeness with your baby; thus, strengthening the bond between you two. You can also bring a stroller or pram along, in case you get tired using the baby carrier. If you’ll taking the stroller with you, ensure you first check the terrain of your destination.
While some places are a cinch to navigate with baby strollers, others aren’t. With some cities, you’ll be able to glide seamlessly on the footpaths. However, others can be challenging because of their narrow alleys and rough terrains. And while a baby carrier can come in handy in such terrains, it can be difficult to go up steep inclines or a ton of steps if you have your baby in tow.
Another thing you’ll want to check is whether your destination has access to different amenities. More specifically, this area should have adequate healthcare, a grocery that has baby supplies and more.
You’re probably wondering why we recommend a shop that sells baby items. Well, even though you’ll have packed all the accessories that your infant needs, at times you just don’t know what else you’ll need.
Apart from amenities, you should also check the weather of the area you intend to visit. Is it likely to receive rainfall or are the temperatures too high? The last thing you want is for your baby to get a heat rash because of extreme temperatures.
Just because you have a baby does not mean that you should kill your adventurous spirit. With a few precautions, babies make excellent travel partners. One such measure you need to take is to pick a destination that is infant-friendly. Don’t focus on the attraction sites only but also on other aspects such as climate, accessibility to health care, means of transport and terrain. Also ensure that the place is safe enough for both you and your toddler. Lastly, always pick a destination that is in close proximity to your home.