Are you busy planning your first holiday with your baby? It’s hard enough settling on a place to stay for two adults, but factoring in a baby or a toddler can add a whole new list of worries to your plate. Not to worry, we’ve put together a short guide of what to look out for when you’re booking your next break with baby. We’ve also created a checklist with the essential items that you need to take with you when you take your baby on holiday and a suggestion of 5 baby-friendly holiday parks. Easy peasy!
Packing list: what to take on holiday with baby
It can be frustrating going on holiday with your newborn for the first time and realising that there’s absolutely no space to bring your own things! Bringing all the necessary supplies takes a lot of preparation, and allows you to properly relax when you arrive at your destination. Of course, we can’t take away all of the business and chaos that goes with having a newborn, but we’ll do our best! Use this list to check what you need and optimise your chance of a relaxing getaway, baby and all!
What should I look for when booking a holiday cottage?
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to take stock of how far your destination is and how many car breaks/airport-terminal-tantrums you may have to endure. If you want to go abroad and catch some sun and/or culture, we recommend you pop over the border to Holland, Belgium, or France.
The accommodation is also an important factor. A detached holiday cottage might be something to think about, so that there’s no risk of you waking other holiday makers in the night or feeling cramped. We offer many holiday cottages that come equipped with all the necessary tools (cots, high chairs, gates) so you don’t have to worry about lugging them across the border with you. Sometimes the park charges a surcharge for these items and they have a limited supply, so make sure you book them in advance.
The holiday park facilities are also an important factor to consider. Is the swimming pool protected from roaming toddlers? Do they offer daycare facilities? What do the reviews say about the cleanliness of the accommodation? To make things a bit easier, we’ve provided 5 of options below.
Here are our top 5 baby-friendly holiday parks:
1. Holiday cottage fully equipped for babies
Anyone who has ever been away with a baby knows how many bags of supplies you have to lug around with you. Diapers, toys, clothes for all weather… the list goes on. This makes it all the more appealing to book a fully-equipped holiday cottage. At Vakantiepark Dierenbos, you can stay in the 6 person cottage Damhert Kids, which is specifically suited out for young children. This includes a children’s bed, pram and high chair. Besides that, there’s plenty room for older kids to stay in this accommodation and the facilities include a subtropical swimming pool, a lake for swimming, bicyle rental, a bowling alley, and a 2400m2 nature playground!
2. Magical theme park holiday with babies
I’m sure you’ve heard of the enchanted Efteling theme park, but Efteling also have an equally magical holiday park, just a short walking distance from the theme park itself. Efteling Bosrijk is ideal for a first trip with your baby, especially if you have older children. The cottages are all decorated in the magical Efteling style, and come equipped with cots, high chairs and stairgates. The surrounding area is rich with woodland, and the theme park next door will not cease to amaze.
3. By the sea with baby
Roompot Beach Resort
Roompot Beach Resort is located directly on the North Sea Beach of the Netherlands and is consistently voted as one of the most child-friendly holiday resorts. If you are looking for excellent value for money, a wonderful location and plenty of leisure facilities, this is the ideal choice.
4. Most child friendly holiday park 2017
Slagharen holiday park
Of course, we couldn’t miss this award winning holiday park from the list. Slagharen holiday park has yet again won the award for the most child-friendly holiday park, and that doesn’t exclude the baby guests. Plenty of thought is put into the children by all members of staff here, so you never feel like you’re asking too much.
5. Holiday with baby à la plage
Country Camp Port l’Epine
This campsite on the coast of France is a family holiday dream. The resort is a short driving distance from the port of Roscoff, meaning travel with be stress free. You can get to Roscoff from Cork or Plymouth. The campsite itself has a private beach, supervised kids clubs, beautiful camping lodges and plenty of space.
Holiday parks for a holiday with your baby
We hope that this overview of child-friendly holiday parks in Holland and France has been useful for your trip planning! Print out the checklist for holiday items with baby to take with you on future trips and avoid any stress and last minute chaos on your next holiday. If you have any questions or other suggestions, let us know in the comments below!