Choose your own baby ad­ven­ture

Emma cas­tle dis­cov­ers there’s more than one way to hol­i­day with a baby in tow.

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Emma Cas­tle dis­cov­ers there’s more than one way to hol­i­day with a baby in tow.

Have baby, will travel! Fig­ur­ing out where to take your baby on their first big trip can seem over­whelm­ing. After all, what should you pack? How will bubs cope with a long car trip or flight? How will you cope? And ex­actly what kind of hol­i­day will work for your new fam­ily?

It’s scary stuff, but this guide is de­signed to take the guess­work out of where to take your baby on hol­i­days. Be­cause let’s face it, no-one needs a hol­i­day right now more than you. So, new par­ents, it’s time to choose your own ad­ven­ture.

Camp

Where to go? Aus­tralia Ni­cole Ley­den is an in­trepid camper who has taken her four-year-old and two-yearold camp­ing since they were born.

Ni­cole says, “Be pre­pared for the first night to be harder to get the kids off to sleep, but if you do it of­ten enough they get used to it. Our four-year-old now sleeps in a swag out­side of the tent and loves it.

“When it comes to bathing your baby, stay in a camp­ing ground with hot show­ers or, even bet­ter, buy a re­ally small in­flat­able baby pool and use that to bathe the kids in,” sug­gests Ni­cole.

Pack­ing guide “When it comes to pack­ing, we take the IKEA high chair with us; it’s hard to squeeze in, but it’s worth it. Don’t take too many toys as they just get lost, bro­ken and dirty. Make sure you take plenty of changes of clothes. If you have a camp fridge, cook meals and freeze them be­fore the trip. Oth­er­wise plan re­ally sim­ple meals,” says Ni­cole.

Tips “Go with fam­ily or friends if you can. Pack­ing up can be frus­trat­ing so hav­ing some­one who can keep the kids oc­cu­pied while you pack is re­ally use­ful,” says Ni­cole.

Beach

Where to go? Oahu, Hawaii Hawaii is an ideal place to take a baby be­cause it’s so easy to get around, English is the main lan­guage and the cul­ture is very fam­ily-cen­tric.

Adri­enne Ste­ward took her eight-month-old son to Au­lani, a Dis­ney Re­sort & Spa, lo­cated less than an hour’s drive from the air­port.

Adri­enne says, “The re­sort had cer­tain ar­eas for ba­bies; a splash pad and a tod­dler area, for ex­am­ple. It has out­door movie nights and a river ride (just big tubes you float down a gen­tle ‘river’ in) and, of course, there are Dis­ney char­ac­ters ev­ery­where.” Pack­ing guide The weather in Hawaii is con­sis­tently warm, so pack light cot­ton cloth­ing, swim­mers, swim­mer nap­pies, sun­screen and a hat.

Tips The re­sort’s babysit­ting ser­vice, Kama’aina Kids Sit­ters, of­fers in-room babysit­ting for chil­dren aged from six weeks, charged at an hourly rate per child. Just across the road, Ko Olina Re­sort is a good place to stock up on nap­pies, baby food and for­mula. A Pack’n’play crib, bed rails, bot­tle warmer, di­a­per dis­posal sys­tem and a high chair can all be re­quested from Par­adise Baby Co.

Ski

Where to go? Aus­tria It might not seem like the ob­vi­ous choice for Aussies, but Aus­tria caters ex­tremely well for both ba­bies and older chil­dren. Eva Win­ters­berger took her son Max back to her home vil­lage of Gastein for a ski hol­i­day when he was 10 months old.

She says, “There is a qual­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Aus­tria called ‘kinder­ho­tel’. It’s a group of ho­tels that have been as­sessed to meet par­tic­u­lar stan­dards for fam­i­lies. This in­cludes both high-end op­tions and lower-cost ver­sions.”

Pack­ing guide Eva says, “For your lit­tle one, I rec­om­mend a one-piece snow suit, gloves and a beanie. Have them in a lamb fur (or fake fur) bag when they’re in the pram and make sure that you have warm shoes and socks for them. Make sure you pack an oil-based mois­turiser for both of your faces (wa­ter-based prod­ucts will freeze) and take sun­screen, as you will still get sun­burnt on top of the moun­tain.”

Tips Re­gard­ing lan­guage, Eva says, “English is spo­ken by ev­ery­one un­der 40 in the main tourist re­gions so you shouldn’t have a prob­lem.”

Cruise

Where to go? Some cruise lines (Car­ni­val Cruise Line, Cu­nard Line, Dis­ney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional) wel­come chil­dren aged over six months for Aus­tralian and South Pa­cific cruises. On transat­lantic, transpa­cific, Hawaii and South Amer­ica cruises, the min­i­mum age to cruise is 12 months.

Pack­ing guide You need to pack your own sealed for­mula and com­mer­cially pack­aged baby food be­cause the ship’s kitchens don’t cater for ba­bies. Dis­tilled wa­ter is avail­able for mak­ing up for­mula. Some on­board stores stock nap­pies, but they are in lim­ited sup­ply so make sure you take plenty with you. There’s one catch: chil­dren have to be toi­let-trained to go in the pool. No swim­mer nap­pies al­lowed.

Tips Most cruise lines pro­vide cots free of charge; you just have to no­tify them at the time of book­ing. Sin­gle and dou­ble strollers can be hired for a fee.

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