Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Grab your passport and a bikini...

Urgh I'm feeling absolutely rotten at the moment so I thought what better way to cheer myself up than to post about holidays.



I love a good holiday-who doesn't, let's be honest. You can't go wrong with a bit of vitamin D and having spent most of my life in the South of France, where I was constantly as brown as a berry might I add *sigh*, I have a need for sunshine when the Summer months approach.  I've been lucky enough to have been on some amazing holidays in my time and we have already taken a holiday as a family.



Last year we took Ava to Cyprus with Nath's mum and sister. Ava was only six months old and it was great to have another pair of hands to help out with her. This year we're going to Tenerife (in 8 weeks!) with my mum, step-dad and younger brother. They wanted in on the holidaying with Ava situation, this also means they have baby occupying duties whilst I get my tan on...



Anyway, I was apprehensive about taking Ava on holiday for the first time. What would we need? How will I sterilise her bottles? How will we cope in the heat?
Well we pretty much cracked it and had an amazing time. Here are a few of my tips:
  • We stayed in an apartment which made things a lot easier as we had kitchen amenities such as fridge, microwave and a kettle. Essential when you have a baby on board.
  • Invest in a big plastic bowl. The washing up bowl in the apartment wasn't big enough for us to soak Ava's bottles in overnight so we bought one from the local shop. Cheap as chips and super handy.
  • Pack your baby's plane hand luggage wisely. Scratch the cute dresses and sandals, babies want comfort, especially on a long flight. We dressed Ava in a babygro for the journey (remember planes are chilly with the air con) and we kept the cutesy outfit in the hand luggage for later. Quick change before we arrived and she was good to go. Kim Kardashian would have been proud.
  • Take a bottle (we fed Ava when the plane was taking off and landing, the sucking motion helps when your ears pop)snacks and toys on the plane. Babies get bored too and there are only so many times the old guy behind you will think it's cute that you're baby's sticky face keeps popping up over the seat in front of him.
  • I bought some Boots sterilising tablets for her bottles. Pop your bottles in you brand new plastic bowl, pour some boiling water over them, throw in sterilising tablet and leave over night. Done. Easy as pie.
  • Have a routine in place. We cracked this one, we'd go down to the pool about 10am and Ava would have her morning splash about. We'd then take her back up to the room around midday when it was starting to get rather hot, she'd have her lunch, play and nap until about 3.30. We'd then go back down and swim some more. We'd also bath her before going out for a meal in the evenings and she would usually fall asleep in her buggy.
  • Take teething medicine & regular baby medicine. Ava was teething when we went on holiday and Ashton & Parsons teething powder was our saviour. You can bet your bottom dollar that if you forget your baby's meds all hell with break loose and you won't be able to find the right medication where ever you are. It's called sod's law. Even if they aren't ill just take it. You can thank me later.
  • Sleeping bag/ Gro-bags. Ava still sleeps in hers, (she HATES the cotbed duvet I bought for her!) we have them in various togs and took the lightest one with us. Very handy if you or your other half likes to sleep with the aircon on. You can rest easy knowing that baby won't kick the blanket off and get cold.
  • And the very obvious: suncream, hat, suncream, hat, suncream, suncream, suncream, hat! I was captain cautious on holiday and would slather Ava in factor 50 every 10 minutes. Lots of majorly cute hats for babies out there too!

I hope some of my tips helped a little. Even if you aren't going abroad this year we have some gorgeous places to visit here in the U.K. I'm hoping to visit Brighton soon. Are you going away this year?



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