Once you’ve finished peeling your kids from the ceiling after too much festive excitement, there’s often a collective comedown in the first weeks of the new year.
But booking your family holiday for 2019 is one wonderful way to motivate your mob on those cold winter mornings and stimulate their spirits until spring has sprung.
If you’re taking flight with toddlers this year, you’ll need to be on your toes — so here are five fab family holiday tips to organise an outstanding trip.
- Family-friendly airports
Your choice of departure airports might be limited by your home location. Continue reading
Written by Kym, Daniel and Sydnee – May 2018.
We have been visiting North Hayne Farm since our daughter was 18 months old and she is now 8½. We are on our 12th visit with 13 & 14 already booked for later this year and next year.
What can I say about this amazing place that makes it stand out from the rest.
The main thing is most definitely the team. Cheryl and Roger go above and beyond to make sure your stay is the best it can be. They are hardworking and dedicated and such lovely people. This showed from our very first visit and we knew that North Hayne Farm was somewhere very special that we would continue to visit for a very long time.
There hasn’t been a year gone by since we found the farm that we haven’t visited. We have done weekends, short breaks and full weeks and have visited at all different times of the year. Spring, Summer, Bonfire weekend, Christmas and all have been amazing. Continue reading
Written by Jo Wilson from Swim Works
Shockingly, most babies that drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden
Did you know babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water? It’s hard to believe when you think just how shallow that is, but this National Child Safety Week is the perfect time to think about how we can keep our little ones safe in and around water.
Most babies and small children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden so not leaving babies alone in or near water, even for a moment, is best. Scarily, babies drown silently so you might not even hear any noise or struggle. It’s such a horrible thing to even think about, but having it at the front of your mind will keep you more mindful of the dangers.
Here’s a few quick tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust, especially with summer coming up:
- Always empty your paddling pool after use
- If you’re visiting friends, ask about ponds or water nearby and be alert
- Explain to older children why they should never swim in rivers or canals
- At the beach, teach older children to swim between the two-coloured red and yellow flags that mark the areas with lifeguards
- And keep children off inflatables when an orange windsock’s flying – the water might look calm but a wind blowing off the land can quickly sweep inflatables out to sea.
Ready to start our adventure, we travelled reasonably lightly
Guest Post by Aisling Gray from Mummy on the Run
Travelling abroad with toddlers can be a daunting task for even the most relaxed parents. The research and planning, the choice of destination, the duration of the break, not to mention the packing required, for normal daily life with a toddler as well as thinking about all the contingencies. Once you get started on the mountainous task, it’s quite likely that you might consider packing it all in and opting for a staycation instead.
My advice is stick with your overseas adventures! I’m sure you won’t regret it and I offer this advice with some experience: we have recently returned from a one-month adventure in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia with our four and a half year old and our, at the time, almost three year old.
The trip was full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences which were possible even with toddlers in tow. Travelling with the kids was so much easier than I could ever have anticipated – they are quite a handful at home so I had low expectations for the trip. The whole experience has given us a renewed thirst for travel and a fresh view that family travel doesn’t have to mean resort holidays every year if you don’t want it to.
In case you need some extra persuasion, here are my top reasons why you must travel abroad with toddlers: Continue reading