Holiday Parks are great for Baby Friendly Holidays by providing a diverse range of services for parents with very young children including crèches, babysitters; cot hire and high chair rental. However, check out what is available before booking since facilities vary depending on the season.
If you haven’t taken your baby on holiday in a caravan before you may have some worries about how practical it is so here are some of the most common questions parents ask us with answers and useful advice:
What are the best sleeping arrangements in a static caravan for my baby?
Where your baby sleeps very much depends on age. A newborn baby can easily sleep in a carry cot near to you, but if your baby has outgrown the carry cot, you can hire a travel cot at very reasonable cost from the park operator.
Alternatively if you prefer your child to sleep in one of the single beds bring some bed guards with you or check to see if the park has any.
Where can I bathe my baby?
Some static caravans have baths but if the one you book has a shower only (as most do) then most parents find that kitchen sinks in caravans are the ideal size for bathing a baby. Alternatively portable baby baths are relatively inexpensive so you could invest in one of those and bring it with you.
Will the neighbours be disturbed by my baby?
It’s quite astonishing how much noise a baby can make isn’t it, considering how tiny babies are? Combine that with thin caravan walls and it is possible that your neighbours will have a sleep deprived, haggard look in the morning. There’s a few ways you can deal with this:
- In the mornings keep your head down and avoid looking at the neighbours. Make sure you have covered the dark circles under your eyes so that you look as bright as a button. If they mention anything, deny all knowledge and tell them that you slept perfectly well and have no idea what they are talking about.
- A better strategy might be to introduce yourself to your neighbours when you arrive and let them know you have a small being who can churn out decibels in the early hours of the morning like they wouldn’t believe! Offer to provide them with ear plugs and invite them round for tea or coffee when they get up in the morning. Baby friendly holidays become much more possible with the co-operation of your neighbours!
- Alternatively, before booking a holiday caravan ask the owner or park operator if they have a one that is isolated from other caravans. In this way there is no danger of disturbing the neighbours at all.
Useful tips for baby friendly holidays
Secure everything that could potentially fall down if your baby is at the age where they are starting to walk. As they grip onto things for support anything that topples down can be dangerous.
Invest in some cable ties to keep the cupboards from opening. Babies and the contents of some cupboards don’t mix!
Always bring a baby gate with you to prevent your baby falling out of the caravan, since the door will possibly be open more than you would keep a door open at home.
Have a happy ba