A Dads Essential Guide to Going on Holiday with a Baby

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There’s nothing quite a like a holiday. You work hard all year, save up, spend hours online trying to find the perfect hotel or the perfect cottage. You count down the days and get excited. When you arrive your shoulders return to their normal position, your feet feel a little lighter and your brain slowly pushes any work related thoughts to one side.

But a holiday with a baby is something else!

It actually feels harder work going on holiday than it does to stay at home working. Having just been on a holiday with a baby, I can tell you, I need a holiday to recover! The amount of stuff you have to take is extraordinary and the journey with a whinging or crying baby is stressful. Then you have the worry of whether they’ll sleep or not and then when they don’t sleep you’re up all night. The days have to be filled with fun activities because “that’s what you do on holiday” but really you just want to curl up into the foetal position and hope no-one see’s whilst you sleep for 7 days.

But it has to be done. It’s not easy, but it is the place where extra special memories are created. I remember all of my childhood holidays fondly. As long as you are organised, with low expectations and a little grit, you’ll still have a nice time. Having just been on holiday to Norfolk, courtesy of Skyes Cottages, we want to help you get prepared and so we’ve created this infographic for you to use. Not only does it give you a list of what you need to take (so you don’t arrive and realise you left the travel cot at home) but it also gives you a few helpful tips.

Holiday with a Baby


If you want to check out Sykes Cottages then click here. We do highly recommend them as they’re quick and easy to book with plus they have a superb range of wonderful cottages to choose from.

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  1. verpixelte

    I can relate to your post so much! Babygirl is just 10 month old but we already had 2 travels abroad in my homecountry, 6 hours carride. The last was in the hottest few days this summer with a not working A/C in the car. But that wasn’t even the problem, she did awesome in the car and also on the wedding we were invited to. The evening and nightbin the hotel were nightmares though. We tried (and apparently failed) to recreate her sleeping setup and routine but still she screamed hysterically every evening for hours until she gave up and fell asleep overtired. Awful nights, too. She even does this at her grandparents who invested in the exact same sleeping inventory as we have at home. It’s like CTRL+C and CTRL+V but she still realises that something is different… oh well. We just gave up our expectations completely and just live with it. ;) Sleep is for the weak -.-

    • Al Ferguson

      HA! We have a baby grow saying that! Sorry to hear you have awful nights too though.

  2. alan herbert

    I’m now dreading going to Salou later this month.

    I’m hoping #Baby Pink is as good a traveller as her brother. He has been going away with us since he was about a year old and never a problem.

    Thankfully Euro camp provide cots, highchairs etc

    I’ll keep the info graphic pinned ready for packing time.

    • Al Ferguson

      I hope you have a great time. Let us know. :)

  3. Kate

    This is brilliant – we’re off on our first holiday with T at the end of the month and are slightly nervous.

    We know that we’re going to have to take everything including the kitchen sink, but this is a good baseline and will likely remind me of the important things and not just toys and teething gel.


    • Al Ferguson

      HA! Good luck. Let us know how it goes. I hope you have a lovely time :)

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  5. Ben

    Great tips, thankyou. We have our first family holiday next week (six month old Boy, staying in the UK as thought going abroad was a bit of a reach for the first holiday!)

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