The good news about planning activities for really little ones is that so long as you have got some space and opportunity to play, you don’t need to shell out on expensive family days out. For now, it’s all about the simple pleasures.
Perambulate – with or without the pram
Walks provide endless stimulation for little eyes and ears, and all that fresh air means you’re all more likely to get a good night’s sleep at the end of it. Plan a route with a baby-friendly cafe or pub along the way where you can stop off to refuel – or take cover if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Swap the buggy for a baby backpack, stock up on your basic supplies of nappies, wet wipes, suncream, water and snacks and the world’s your oyster. You can be as adventurous as you like – from a stroll in the park to feed the ducks, to a ramble along the cliffs.
The world’s best natural playground
The beach yields hours of fun for little ones – and not so little ones too. It is one giant natural playground, with rockpooling, beachcombing for driftwood, shells and pebbles, not to mention splish-splashing in the sea – all little ones love a paddle. The hours can slip by when you give in to your inner child and get immersed in building sandcastles and sculptures. And all this is free.
Just remember to pack extra clothing or an all-in-one waterproof suit and wellies (depending on the weather) for those visits to the beach. Reins can also prove useful, allowing your tot some safe independence to explore the wonders of the seaside.
Try to balance ‘we-time’ and ‘me-time’
Remember this is a holiday for all of you. If there is somewhere you particularly want to visit but you know your little one will get bored quickly, either arrange for your other half or someone else in the party to relieve you of your little one for a couple of hours, or arrange the visit around their sleep time and pop them in the buggy. Having a little bit of me-time means you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready for quality ‘we-time’ with the family.
Take a break from the routine
If you are lucky enough to have established a routine at home where baby goes down at certain times and sleeps right through then it’s tempting to try to enforce the same structure on holiday. If it works on holiday, great. If not, don’t sweat it. Taking a break from the usual routine can feel wonderfully freeing. And more than likely you’ll find that with all the extra fresh air and activities, they’ll end up sleeping even longer, giving you the luxury of a little lie in for a change.
As new parents holidaying with your baby or young toddler, it is great to have your own space and have the freedom to do things when you want. Classic Cottages have identified a selection of particularly baby friendly properties in The South West that provide some of the essentials for little ones, to make life that little bit easier.
If you find a holiday cottage you would like to stay in but are unsure about it, please contact the team at Classic. Many of us here are mothers ourselves and we have a vast knowledge of the area. We understand how important your family holiday is and we want to help you get it right for many years to come.
Have you got tips for baby-friendly activities for a stress-free holiday?