Preparing for travelling abroad with a baby


In case you missed the news last weekend, Little Mr and I have been selected to go on a fantastic 3 night trip with 4 other bloggers and their 4 children to Majorca with Thomson Holidays and Mumsnet. We will be sampling the family friendly resort of Sa Coma, Majorca and speaking to the Head of Product Development at Thomson, on how we find the resort’s facilities.

I was absolutely delighted with the news and I might have screamed a little bit. Then, the thought of sheer panic came over me as we hadn’t got a passport for Little Mr and with the trip being scheduled for mid-September, I started to flap.

Anyway, after a trip to a local photo shop for some passport photos, we were one step nearer. The photographs, for the record, are awful. They don’t actually look like Little Mr and I’m sure he’ll be really unimpressed in years to come, sorry Son! A quick dash to the Post Office and we had an application completed ready for hubby’s parents to help us fill in the details we didn’t have to hand (we were away in Norfolk at the time!) and for our friends to countersign Little Mr’s pictures and send off with everything crossed that it came back in time.

For a new child’s passport, it costs £46 or with the check and send service (to ensure there are no errors on the form and you have included everything requested) it’s £54.75. You need to include the child’s original birth certificate too which will be sent back to you. The Post Office advise at least 3 weeks for a new child passport to be processed and sent out. Little Mr’s passport must have been turned around in record time. 9 days! It only took 9 days including the weekend for it to come through. How brilliant is that?

little mr passport

So, with passport in hand, we can officially go abroad.. What else do I need?

– Formula (ready made to take on the plane / powder for in resort)
– Lightweight stroller
– Milton steriliser tablets for sterilising bottles in resort
– Baby carrier for when I can’t use the pushchair
– High factor sun screen
– Swim / sun safe suit and swim nappies
– Bottle brush & bottles
– Bowls and feeding utensils
– Ewan the Dream Sheep (he goes EVERYWHERE with us!)
– Will ask hotel to loan a travel cot
– Baby travel first aid kit (to include teething granules, calpol and thermometer)
– Travel Insurance

Have I missed anything? We’ve got two weeks until the trip. At the moment, I’m really excited and can’t wait to go. It’s an absolutely amazing opportunity and I’m incredibly lucky to have been selected. I’m sure I’ll be a lot more nervous nearer the time as I take Little Mr abroad on my own (well, with the help of other Mummies and some Thomson officials).

If you’ve got any advice on taking a 7 month old baby abroad, I’d love to hear from you!

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to write this post by any of the organisations mentioned, I just want to plan ahead and seek advice before my trip

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  • Reply Jo 01/09/2013 at 8:50 pm

    We tried to keep Baby O awake in the airport so that he would be ready for a good nap once he got on the plane. We also made sure we had a bottle of milk for take off and landing to help his ears (not sure if this works, but I’d read it so figured it was worth a try). He was 6 months when we took him on his first flight. Good luck xx

  • Reply Michelle Highe 01/09/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Boots once kids water play suncream is brilliant we swear by it and never had any red bits on chloe, she was just over a year when first took her to tunisia shes now 4 and been about ten times never any probs with upset tummys or anything.
    If little mr drinks any sort of juice take that and maybe some toys for water , and perhaps a new toy for the plane , keeps them occupied.
    Bottles for take off and landing always good as they cant tell you if ears hurting and I have to say I found mine are really bad when landing at palma. We give chloe a little calpol before we board as this helps with that.
    Enjoy thats the main thing and if little mr crys on plane dont worry , we had someone tell lyns to shut that f*****g kid up on the way home from first holiday and hostess on that trip were quite unpleasant , not thomsons I might add its the other tour company beginning with t, never any probs since though.
    Have a lovely time thomsons family resorts are brill.

  • Reply Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 04/09/2013 at 12:07 am

    We took Dylan away at 5 months and ended up with twice as much stuff for than us both combined and he was only on breasmilk and no solids at the time! A good sling was invaluable and some favourite toys or comforters too. I hope you have a great time, very jealous!

  • Reply Colette ("We're going on an adventure ....") 04/09/2013 at 8:20 pm

    Wow how exciting for you!

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