You’ve made it to your accommodation, and all is well. Congratulations! Now to have some fun! Here are a few tips to keep your little one in tip-top form and ready to explore this new place with the family.
Whether you’re enjoying the beach, the snow or the city, it’s a good idea to keep the temperature in mind. Babies can dehydrate very quickly in a hot climate, so it’s important to make sure that they have plenty of fluids. You can do this by offering extra breastfeeds and drinks of cooled, boiled water in between feeds. (If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want to increase how much water you drink, too).
Babies are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss so be aware of the signs of dehydration:
- fewer wet nappies
- sunken soft spot/fontanelle
- becoming drowsy
- dry mouth and no tears when crying
If the weather outside is cold, layers are key – though most well-meaning parents tend to actually bundle their little ones up more than necessary! We lose much of our body heat through our heads, so making sure your baby has a hat on, and that tiny fingers and toes are covered to prevent frostbite, will go a long way toward keeping things comfortable. And don’t forget to strip back several layers when you go inside, or your little one will get hot and cranky very quickly!