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Travelling with Children
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travelling with children

Holidays are meant to be relaxing but as you probably know if you have young children, the disruption to their routine and a change in environment can sometimes prove to be tricky! Here are a few handy hints for your journey.

toddler tips

When to start

If your toddler falls asleep easily, try to plan your journey so that they are tired out when you set off. That way, you can guarantee you'll get some peace before you need to start entertaining him or her.

If they don't drop off that easily then prepare your in car entertainment! New toys and books with multi-images per page, with funny noises, textures and flaps to open and shut will occupy your toddler for longer. Colouring books and pencils or crayons are also a must.

Plan your stops

If you're travelling by car, work out when your toddler is likely to need a break and work out your motorway exits. If it's a long trip you're going to need a couple, which will probably add an hour or two on to your journey. Yes, the journey will take longer, but at least your toddler will burn off some energy running around the service stations (which are fabulous in France) and you can relax with a cup of tea and a croissant. French motorways also have toilet stops every few kilometres.

Choose your music

All kids love music and in a car especially, it's a great way to keep them occupied. All right, so you were hoping to listen to Travis rather than the Pirate Club hits, but at least this way you'll have a quiet life.

Many of our parcs are within an hours drive of an airport, therefore you may be interested on a fly-drive option. If so, here are a few things to consider.

Protecting your child's ears on the plane

Taking off and landing can be painful for both adults and children. Allow your tot to suck either your breast, bottle or chew a gum during take off and landing since pressurisation of the cabin on take off and depressurisation on landing is tough on little ears. The flight attendants are usually very helpful on all flights about providing blankets for privacy if you ask.

Some popular ways of preventing ears from getting blocked during the flights are:

  • Hot Towels: place one hot towel over each ear. The heat expands the air in the middle ear relieving the negative pressure on the eardrum.
  • Blowing: if your toddler knows how to, get them to blow through their nose, while you hold the nostrils closed. This pops the ears and relieves the pressure.
  • Screaming: this is the easiest for toddlers to do, despite being annoying for others. Screaming in fact reduces the pressure on your toddler’s eardrums and eases the pain.

tips for young children

Many of the same tips apply for young children as they do for toddlers, but as your child gets older there are some other ways to keep them occupied. Previous guests with siblu have recommended portable DVD players, which while they can be expensive, they are coming down in price and are well worth the money! It will keep your child occupied for hours while you focus on the scenery and the map reading. Perfect for flights, too.

There is of course the more old fashioned option, story books, as long as whoever is reading doesn't suffer from car sickness!

what you need to pack

When travelling to Europe it is very easy to get hold of the usual baby items such as nappies and food, so don’t worry about filling up the car with two weeks worth of supplies.

Maxi Baby Packs - siblu parcs only

Pick and mix from the menu of following options, costs are per night:

  • travel cots (£2)
  • baby baths (£1)
  • high chairs (£2)
  • buggies (£3)
  • baby beach tent (£2)

Please request a baby pack when you book. We cannot guarantee that baby packs will be available on-site unless they are pre-booked!

Travel cots will only fit in the lounges of our mobile homes. In some Excellence 2 bed mobile home models the travel cot may also fit in the bedrooms, but this can not be guaranteed.

Cot Rails

Some of our accommodation units come with cot rails, (free of charge), please ask an advisor at time of booking.

Laundry

All our sites have laundrettes so you won't need to take half as many clothes as you may think! They have washing and drying machines available at a small charge.

Fun in the Pool

Fun in the pools and on the beach plays an important part in the holiday so don’t forget all the swim gear! Some previous guests have recommended the following website companies that supply kids swimwear:

  • www.sun-togs.co.uk
  • (Please note that we are in no way connected with this company and cannot be held liable for any purchases).  

tinytotsaway

siblu have teamed up with tinytotsaway to offer a hassle free holiday to customers travelling with toddlers.

Tinytotsaway organise the shopping and packing of all your babies needs and will deliver them direct to your siblu destination in time for your arrival.

Plus, any siblu customers that purchase their baby products through tinytotsaway, will automatically receive 10% discount.

To visit the tinytotsaway website, click here.



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