Although you may worry about taking baby abroad, a trip overseas with your little one can be a wonderful experience. Enjoy expanding your tiny traveller’s horizons!
The main consideration here is that babies under 6 months of age can’t be given certain immunisations – the yellow fever vaccine is one example. This means that destinations where exotic diseases occur may be unsuitable for a baby in this age group.
Seek specific advice regarding the necessary vaccinations from your doctor.
If you are considering a skiing trip, bear in mind that the creche facilities at ski resorts do not generally take babies less than 6 months of age, so you may wish to postpone a break of this type until your baby is older.
For babies older than 6 months, the world is your oyster! You may want to consider local temperatures at your destination at the time you plan to visit, but with common sense and proper precautions there should be no barrier to enjoying any overseas trip with your baby.
If possible, consider travelling by train or ferry. Either of these are good options for taking baby abroad, as you are able to devote 100% of your attention to him and will have more room to move around.
One important consideration when taking baby abroad is that your accommodation may have solid floor tiles – these can be quite frightening to us parents if baby has just started getting around.
If your baby is mobile, you should also watch out for any balustrades which are far enough apart for your baby to become stuck, or for large, potentially dangerous floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
If you are taking baby abroad to a warm destination, the time you spend with him in the water can be the best time of all! Many pools in foreign resorts are unheated, though, so watch baby closely for any signs that he is cold – if so, then take him out straight away and dry him off.
If your baby is mobile, be very vigilant around water – consider using aqua shoes, which are ideal for poolside toddling and prevent slipping.
Visit the main travelling with baby page for advice on storing and heating baby’s food and milk during your journey.
When taking baby abroad, it’s nice to continue to give him food you’ve prepared yourself. Jarred food can be convenient in this situation, but if your little one has always enjoyed homemade baby food, then he may not be willing to accept the commercial variety!
Taking baby abroad and sharing new experiences with him is very rewarding … and great fun!
We hope you and your baby enjoy your trip!