There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first holiday. Here are my family and some other family travel bloggers favourite places to go for Baby’s first Winter holiday. So whether you want some Winter sun or Winter now we have you covered with some great global suggestions for baby’s first holiday ideas – a month by month winter destination guide.
Tarbert in Argyll and Bute by Squirmy Popple
Age: 6 months
When I suggested that we rent a cottage in the Highlands between Christmas and New Year, I imagined us taking snowy nature walks as a family by day and relaxing around the fireplace at night.
Needless to say, that’s not exactly how it went. It wasn’t so much snowy as windy, and our baby seemed very confused about why I had strapped her to my body and was forcing her to look at a field of sleep while gales slapped her in the face. Instead of enjoying a dram of whisky in front of the fire, I spent my evenings desperately trying (and failing) to convince my daughter to sleep in her travel cot.
But I’d still recommend a winter holiday to the Highlands with a baby. Why? Because the area is stunning, regardless of the weather. It’s great to just strap your baby into a carrier and stomp around the landscape. Besides, there are few tourists that time of year, so you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself.
If nothing else, it encourages your baby to start embracing the very British tradition of taking nature walks in terrible weather for fun.
Stockholm by Wandermust Family
Age: 8 months
It may have been a extreme introduction to Winter but we flew back from the Middle East to the UK via Stockholm for a little winter break. It was the perfect Winter City Break as it offered so many opportunities for firsts – Baby’s first experience of snow, baby’s first experience of Santa, Baby’s first Christmas Market. And stockholm did not let us down. It was the perfect Christmas break with festive treats at every turn. Our favourite was perhaps a visit to Skansen, the living history museum in the centre of Stockholm. If our Middle East and heat accustomed baby can handle it then any baby can. A Wintery break like this just needs preparation, plenty of stops and warm clothing and layers. It is also the perfect opportunity to get adorable snow suit pictures!
Want to take your child on a Winter City Break? Then why not check out our top tips and information for Winter City Breaks with Babies!
Skiing in the Austrian Alps by Baby Loves Travel
Age: 8 weeks
Our first trip was skiing in St Anton am Arlberg in the Austrian Alps when our little one was 8 weeks old. The mountains might not be the obvious choice for a holiday with a baby. But for us it worked really well. You can take it in turns to ski, while the other goes for beautiful winter walks with the pram or takes baby for a splash about at the pool. When your baby is tiny you don’t need to worry about heading to a family resort. Your little one won’t be on the mountain anyway, so pick somewhere with skiing to suit the parents.
My top tip would be to book a self-catering apartment next to the ski lift. That means you can be flexible with meal times, helpful with a baby. And you can easily pop out skiing for a couple of hours rather than having to head out for the whole day.
I must admit that one of us drove over, while the other flew with the baby. Which meant we didn’t have any worries about how much baby and skiing paraphernalia we needed to take with us.
The mountains work equally well as a summer destination, with gentle walks in the fresh alpine air. Which justify some hearty slices of tasty Austrian cake with your coffee.
DAHAB, EGYPT By Flip Flop Globetrotters
Age: 3 months
Even after nine months preparation, becoming a mother completely caught me off guard. We had issues breastfeeding and the first three months were very stressful. But, when our little one was 3,5 months we finally had a bit of a routine and decided to spend the rest of my maternity leave in our holiday house in Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt.
We were there beginning of December 2013 until mid February 2014.In 2013 Egypt was still in turmoil after the revolution of January 11. Since we know a lot of people in Dahab, of course we inquired about the security situation. In the larger cities, Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, there was a lot of unrest. Dahab however is a sleepy little town and our friends said life was as usual. Even when the revolution was happening, they didn’t really notice. So we didn’t worry.
Traveling with our little boy was a lot easier than we expected. We tried to keep our routine the same as back home as much as possible and he was a happy baby. Dahab is such a relaxed place and perfect for a holiday with kids. There’s a boulevard with some nice restaurants, but all very low key. During our time in Dahab we decided that long term travel with our little one was definitely an option. So when he was 18 months the three of us spent another two months in Dahab and then traveled around South East Asia for 8 months.
Sydney by Adventure Baby
We were living in New York when our daughter was born. Her first
holiday was a trip back to Sydney to meet family and friends when she was four months old. Sydney is a fantastic place for babies because the city is just so kid-friendly in general. It’s really easy to drive around Sydney and large strollers are the norm everywhere you go! We spent a lot of time at beaches like Balmoral, where this photo was taken, where the gentle waves and fantastic facilities make it a family-favourite among locals as well as visitors. The weather in Sydney is also great for most of the year, so it’s very pleasant to get outside with kids almost year-round.
Italy by Hayley’s Little Things
Age: 14 months
We took Daisy to Italy when she was 14 months old. We started in Venice and then travelled Lake Garda a little. Staying in both hotels and campsites meant we got to see lots of the areas we stayed in. Venice with Daisy so young was great as we were able to put her in a carrier up out of the way of lots of busy tourists and there was no need for a pushchair. We went in Januray, the weather was mild enough for T-shirts and ice creams!
Dubai by Wandermust Family
Age: 10 months
Dubai is the perfect place to visit during the Northern Hemisphere Winter. The temperatures are absolutely perfect for young children to be outside. Dubai has everything you could want from a break with a baby – child friendly, luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches and pools alongside every convenience of a city break. The nice thing about Dubai is that you have the exotic weather but all the conveniences of a Western holiday destination.
I’d recommend other parents mixing up their Dubai trip by staying the traditional Dubai city luxury five star hotel as well as experiencing something more culturally unique such a desert resort. Dubai really is the perfect place for baby’s first holiday!
Lanzerote by Tammy Mum
Age: 6 months
When my daughter was 6 months old we took her to Lanzarote for three weeks. It wasn’t her first holiday, her first holiday was a staycation to Maplethrope at all of 6 weeks old. Since then though we haven’t stopped taking her, and her brother away. We chose Lanzarote as our first international destination, mostly due to the weather. It was February and my partner and I hate February in the U.K, it is cold wet and dark. Whereas the Canaries are known for their year round climate and what is more, they are only a 4 hour flight away. For me it was a great first foreign holiday as it is safe and the weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot for a little one, because it was out of season it was quiet and relaxed yet there is still plenty to do.
You can explore the island relatively quickly so you are not spending hours in a car with a baby, yet you have a change of scenery and see lots of new places, and of course being Spain, it is incredibly child friendly. I love going to Spain or the Spanish islands with my family as you are never made to feel unwelcome or a hinderance with your baby or young children. Spanish people notoriously love babies and this is a welcome relief when, travelling, eating or spending any deal of time anywhere with a small bundle that is known for screams and cries.
We returned almost exactly a year later with her 6 month old brother and stayed for 4 weeks that time, so that should tell you how highly we regarded this destination for our family travel.
Where did you or are you planning on taking your baby on their first Winter holiday?
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