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Baby travel

Get away with a baby? Yes you can!

If you thought the pitter-patter of tiny feet meant the end of your own wanderlust, think again. It may no longer be possible to stay out until the wee hours, laze on the beach in the heat of the day or enjoy those indulgent holiday lie-ins, but it is possible to get away for fun in the sun as a new family! What’s more, if you’re a new parent who loves exotic holidays abroad it’s important to remember that travelling with a baby is much cheaper than it is when the child is older, as airlines let infants under two years fly for a minimal amount, just to cover fuel and baggage.

Family holiday  

No doubt the royal baby, due to arrive imminently will become as much a jetsetter as its famous parents Kate and Wills, but for those of us without an entourage, here are some basic rules and guidelines when choosing a baby-friendly holiday

 

When flying…
Child on plane

While airlines offer super-cheap flights for tots under two (it’s approximately only £62 for babies to fly from London to Barbados), if you’re having to fly a long way and your child is closer to a toddler than a baby, it might be an idea to bite the bullet and pay the ‘proper’ child fare (about 50 per cent of the adult fare), because this means they’ll have their own seat. For ‘babes in arms’, you can put in a request for travel cots that can be assembled in front of front-row seats, giving extra leg room. These are free of charge and the airline will do their very best to accommodate, but they are subject to availability and age and weight restrictions may apply.  

 

On arrival…
Baby on hoilday

Dodgy water, a delicate tummy and too much sun are all factors you’ll want your baby to avoid. Therefore you might feel you need to stick to western Europe to ensure the water is drinkable, the food is up to scratch and to avoid scorching temperatures. However, if you’re after somewhere a little more exotic, places like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates offer an endless choice of high-end, luxury hotels and resorts with air-con, sunshade at the poolside, delicious cuisine and more importantly, babysitting and nanny services, so you’ll get your requisite palm trees, blue skies and exotic food without having to worry.

Mother and child  

Alternatively, why not choose to go self-catering? Loads of resorts actually offer self-contained accommodation with cooking facilities and equipment. Why not check whether baby-friendly equipment such as sterilisers and blenders can be provided, so you don’t have to cart everything but the kitchen sink on holiday!

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