Holidaying once you become a parent is a whole new experience. Obviously there are some holidays not suitable for small children. Skiing with a newborn or a tour of the clubs in San Antonio with a toddler are probably not the best idea but for the majority of holidays, a baby or toddler is a great holiday companion! Here are 10 great reasons to holiday with a toddler or bring baby with you!
1. It is possible to travel light with small children
Here’s a secret, no matter what country you are travelling too, there are children there too. So absolutely no need to laden yourself down with nappies, food, chairs – buy them there.
#2. Under 2’s are free
On all flights you only pay taxes and charges for an under 2. Hotels do not charge for under 2’s (and older, in my experience). Buses, trains, ferries generally don’t charge for small people.
#3. You can make decisions without compromising!
With older children you have to give into waterparks, loud “fun” restaurants, five swims a day. Younger children, generally speaking, don’t have opinions on where to eat and where to go. There will be no “I’m soooooooo bored” or “Are we there yet?”
#4. It is still possible to have quiet time!
We had a gorgeous family holiday when our youngest was a baby. Every night we went out for dinner with the baby all dressed for bed and tucked up in her pram. By the time we would walk to a restaurant, she would be fast asleep. Pram beside table, baby asleep. Evening meal in peace and quiet.
#5. Other travellers are generally very helpful.
In my experience, travelling with small children has been relatively easy. I have been urged to the top of a Ryanair boarding queue many times when holding a baby. Another bonus, people without children generally avoid you when on board, so you are a lot more likely to end up on a row of seats to yourself when people kindly offer to swap.
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#6. It’s a great experience for a baby/small child
They will enjoy new scenary, beaches, swimming, travelling – I have never seen anyone more excited than my 2 year old son on an plane!
#7. Quality Time Together
It’s quality family time together away from the hustle and bustle of real life.
#8. You get to see your child in cute little shorts and beachwear!
Not a possibility with Irish summers of late…
#9. What’s the alternative?
Don’t holiday at all? No thanks! Or leave the baby at home? Not a possibility for a lot of people due to childcare/babysitting, never mind, the worst guilt of all – mammy guilt, which would ruin a holiday for me.
#10. It’s an Adventure!
Holidaying with small children is an adventure in itself! Embrace it and enjoy!
Have you holidayed with under 3’s? share your experience in the comments below