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The Summer holidays are now here so it’s the best chance to make the most of spending quality time together as a new family. Yet where to you go on holiday with babies and toddlers?
With the help of Babythingz — a leading UK supplier of cute cosytoes for prams and buggies — we’ve discovered the top child-friendly holiday destinations for you to choose from, as well as tips for travelling with young ones.
I would have to list my home county as the top child friendly destination of course, due to its beautiful coastline with peaceful and exciting spots to discover. With it still being within the UK it’s easier to cut down on travel time, especially if you have a fussy baby.
There are lots of secluded holiday cottages to let down here which are great for families with crying babies and boisterous loud toddlers. If you choose accommodation close to the beach it’s practically a free day out also. Cornwall has lots of places visit like Newquay Zoo and the Minack Theatre, which is based in Porthcurno and features comedy puppet shows for kids.
You also have The Eden Project and Dairyland to explore and have fun. But for me the best place to visit in Cornwall is the beach. Cornwall has many beaches with different facilities at each. My favourite is Perranporth, not only is it just 10 minutes from my house but it’s very child-friendly as well. The car park is literally beside the beach so great with the kids. It’s a very sandy beach with a pub on the beach as well as a restaurant and a little bistro overlooking the sea.
Portugal’s popular Algarve region is only about 3 hours on the plane, so you could treat yourself to a child friendly holiday abroad.
The Algarve region has plenty of child-friendly resorts, hotels and activities that will suit kids from newborn to toddler. There are water parks around the area featuring areas for babies. Nonetheless it might be better choosing some of the calmer towns that may better suit a new family — such as Praia de Luz, Cascais and Alvor.
Scottish West Coast
The Scottish west coast is another picturesque part of the country to visit similar to of course Cornwall. Here I’m sure you will find quiet chalets, child-friendly hotels to choose from.
You don’t have to head abroad for the beautiful beaches — the Scottish west coast is scattered with gorgeous coastlines. Head to Sanna Bay, which features white sand and turquoise water, or take a family cycling trip to take in the incredible landscape of Glencoe.
If your toddler can cope with a longer flight, then why not look into heading to Tenerife? The flight is around 4-5 hours where you will arrive on one of the most popular islands in the Canaries. Also a huge bonus is that there is no time difference. The kids will feel no jet lag and you won’t have to spend time getting them used to the time difference. A much easier bedtime!
On Tenerife most of the hotels offer on site childcare, so you can both have a little time away form the kids. why not go for a scenic walk up to Mount Teide? Or head out and go for some water sport activities.
Who doesn’t love Disney? It may be a destination suitable for kids 3 years and over, but everyone can enjoy the sights, sounds and colours of Disneyland Paris. Plus, you have a collection of great, family friendly Disney hotels to stay in, which will make travelling to and from the park much less stressful.
Paris is only a short flight away from the UK, which makes it a great holiday choice if you’re travelling with babies or toddlers. At Disneyland Paris, you have a wide selection of shows, rides and attractions designed to captivate and entertain the whole family. Walk through Wonderland at Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, go up in the air on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, enjoy the bouncing Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin ride, or book to meet Mickey Mouse himself. With so much to see and do you won’t be disappointed.
Lastly here are some tips on travelling with kids:
Tips on travelling with kids
To make travelling on holiday less of an ordeal:
- Give yourself plenty of time: Setting off early will make it a more calmer experience. if you’re late, you’ll stress yourself out and a fussy child will only add to the anxiety.
- Lots of toys on hand: For the car ride to the airport to the plane journey. Make sure you pack your child’s essentials —books, toys and games. Preferably, opt for quiet games that are best suited for public transport.
- Pack all the essentials: for a baby or toddler can add a lot of extra weight to your luggage, so cut down where you can by opting for a lightweight buggy and travel-sized toys and sanitary products.
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