The idea of going on holiday with a newborn or a young baby can be daunting, but sometimes a little break away somewhere is just what the doctor ordered; particularly in the first year on your youngster’s life when it can be a stressful time.
Selecting where to go, however, can be even more daunting. You’ll need a place that is family friendly, not too hot for your little one and has everything you might need for a comfortable stay.
Top five holiday destinations to visit when you have a new baby:
PortugalFavoured by families with small children, Portugal is a great holiday destination for those with a baby in tow. Also a couple of hours away from the UK by flight, it’s a short-haul destination that offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit a young family’s needs. The Algarve is a good place to start your search for accommodation, as it’s a region that is really geared towards family breaks. Vilamoura is a really lovely spot for those with young children. Portugal is very affordable as a holiday destination, which is handy following the expense of a newborn!
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SpainMainland Spain is a very cheap destination to visit, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Just a 2-3 hour flight from the UK, it’s again a very doable destination with a young baby. Costa del Sol and the resort of Torremolinos is an ideal destination for baby’s first holiday abroad. Many of the hotels offer great kids’ clubs that cater for babies too, so you can enjoy some well deserved adult time if you want a break. The Sol Principe Hotel is in a great position and is perfect for families.
Top tips for selecting a holiday with a baby:
- All inclusive – consider paying that little bit extra for the comforts of all inclusive board. Having food and drink on tap can be very handy when you have your youngster with you.
- The 6-hour rule – Limit your destination choice to within a 6-hour flight window from the UK. You’ll thank us for this one. Any longer with a baby in tow can be a stressful experience for parents and tots alike.
- Weather check – look at the average forecasts for your chosen destination at the time of year you will be travelling. Try to pick somewhere that the temperate isn’t going to be sky high, as keeping your baby cool and protected from harmful rays can be difficult. Around the mid 20s is a manageable heat with a small baby.
- Don’t forget a sun hat, high SPF cream and loose fitting clothes that cover well.
Advice from: Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of online travel agency sunshine.co.uk