to have wanted to enjoy our first holiday with our baby(114 Posts)
DD 8 months.
Just back from a week away, so glad to be home!
We shared an over priced hotel room with her.
First night she woke every 2 hours. Second night hourly. After that she decided that she would sleep from 7pm until about 2am (fine) but then that would be it .. !!
We took it in turns to get up with her at 230am and drive her around (!) so that the other one could get some sleep.
She was then grumpy every day because she was tired. We were fractious because we were tired.
We spent a fortune (which we don't have) because the weather was awful so we had to go to things.
Evenings we were often in bed by 9pm (with the TV on silent so as to not wake her).
I guess you learn, never again will I share a hotel room with her! Self catering is the only option.
I know (or think?) that some of you may be critical and say "well you were lucky enough to go on holiday, lucky enough to have a DD/DH etc" but I can't help but feel hard done to, was looking forward to it and frankly it was a disaster!!
They had 2 sep bedrooms - one for me and DH and one for them, a hall and sep bath and sep loo. Just up stairs from where we ate, so the squawk box worked ok. Boys have sep bedrooms at home but not on holiday, but they were fine, luckily! We've stayed there a couple of times and are about to book again for just after Xmas, and have recommended it to others. They don't speak a lot of English, but are so friendly!
PS That last post was for Elliot!
Perhaps next year you could try self-catering www.childfriendlycottages.co.uk
Theyre not too expensive and already have everything you could need like steralisers, cots, prams, toys, highchairs etc so you don't need to drag the whole house with you!
I'm off to one of the cottages next week so fingers crossed!
Our holiday this year with DS (4.9) and DD (2.11) was the best we have had with them, which was a nice treat .
We stayed in a Keycamp campsite in France, in a mobile home with three bedrooms. I think for us that the more bedrooms, the better. I can't imagine staying in a hotel for longer than a couple of nights; everyone would go mad.
It helped that DS was old enough for and enjoyed going to the kidsclub (2.5 hours a day) so one person could have some time off knowing the other one only had one child to look after.
Somehow shifting children's sleep times so they went to bed about 10 and woke up at 8:30 at the earliest . This was probably the best part .
Even managed some peaceful meal time when DD and DS were at evening kids club run by campsite, in a room visable from our table.
We didn't travel too far when we were at the campsite, took things at DS and DD's pace and all of us were happy nearly all the time. Am hoping to repeat next year.
Our first holiday with DS when he was 7 months was fairly dismal. It was wet and did feel like the same old same old just in a different place.
top tips for best (hot, sunny) holidays with young children:
Self-catering or aparthotel with flexible meal-times
Close to beach or with a pool
get up early, go to beach before sun too hot
have leisurely long lunch with somewhere kids can play safely in the shade
Take a siesta until 4-5pm then go back to beach until late.
The kids will not be tired, have lots of fun without getting too hot and you can go out late in the evening.
And don't worry about them only eating chicken kebabs for a whole week!
our first holiday to jersey in a hotel for a wedding with my dt's aged 5mo was not great but not shite either. First few nights we stopped in to keep them in their usual routine, but then we decided we should join our friends for meals out, we would bath the boys at usual time, get them in their jim jams, bottle of milk then in the buggy to get to restuarant - they would then sleep til about 10/11 maybe, while we ate, get back to hotel, another bottle and into cots to sleep. They were up early, but would chuck one baby to DH to feed, I would feed one, back in cots for maybe a bit more sleep, then down to breakfast.
Holidaying with friends/family for us is a must, can share the childcare, you all get a bit of downtime, can share who gets up in the morning. We first went away agin after jersey when dt's were nearly 2 to portugal with in laws to a villa. Took boys a while to settle into the new routine, but once they did they were fine, we went last year too and going again this year (next week in fact) and really looking forward to it. They are nearly 4 now and they can express themselves and keep telling me how excited they are and how they going to swim every day....my idea of a holiday has changed now basically, yes i still like to lie in the sun and eat good food and enjoy the odd bottle glass of wine, but i know it won't be everyday.
someone mentioned, I think it was the OP, about seperate holidays for her and DH - we also do this, DH went to Austria ski-ing this year (we went with DT's last year, now that WAS a disaster, never again!) and i went to Portugal. We both came back chilled and ready for life with two full on 3yo boys!
Tried the meal out thing (Neeerly3). We went to a lovely restaurant near the harbour, she woke up just as a food arrived. I took her outside in the pram to try to get her back to sleep, half an hour later I had succeeded (DH had eaten his food, mine was on the cold side).
On getting back to the hotel she re woke and cried for 2 hours.
To be fair, I can see 2 teeth peeping through today so maybe that played a part in the fiasco too (she doesn't have any teeth yet).
You see, that's where you need to look at your expectations... "We went to a lovely restaurant near the harbour" You need to be thinking 'a bag of fish and chips in your hand whilst sitting on the harbour wall'. They are really delicious then! But I wouldn't dream of taking a baby / toddler / small child to a 'lovely restaurant' at home, so I'm not sure why you would on holiday. Come to that, when ds was a baby, he always woke and cried if you tried to sit to a nice hot meal (I'm sure it must be to do with smell?). Perhaps if your LO normally lets you do that at home, you should appreciate your good fortune for all those hot meals you have eaten.
When DS1 was almost 2 I was in France with my Dad who was v keen to have a posh lunch - we were staying in a horrible place and dinner wasn't up to much. I was pregnant so he pushed DS1 up and down hill for about an hour till he fell asleep. Ran into resturant, got a table and started eating. We were well into main course by the time he woke and was pretty civilised. My Dad was stressing that he'd let the side down, as there was an impecably dressed and behaved 4 year old at next table with Grand Maman and elderly aunt. All went well and DS was brilliant, but best thing was when little girl lost in and wallopped her granny.
Whether I'd do it with 2 boys now...not so sure!
I think it would have been easier if conditions weren't monsoon like. I didn't fancy being outdoors but DD hates indoors!
Am looking at http://www.childfriendlycottages.co.uk/ and they look fab. Not looked at prices yet though!
Self-catering. In Britain, so you can load the car with toys. I refuse to go anywhere that isn't at least as comfortable at home. Has to have a dishwasher, microwave, powershower, kingsize-bed, cbeebies or dvd player, be safe for roaming toddlers, etc!
This year's had a playground immediately outside the backdoor. So I could post dd (6) and ds1 (3) outside, put ds2 (8mo) to bed in his own travel cot (we got him used to it before the holiday) and put my feet up (looking out of the window at dd&ds1). Fab. Beach just up the road to wear them all out so we could get them to bed early. And then there were all sorts of takeaway places round the corner so we could have a nice meal that I didn't have to cook, in the evening.
Admittedly this is not the kind of holiday I'd have done before kids, and I'm glad I didn't know that it was the kind of holiday I was going to be having for the next decade-and-a-half, but still, it was fun.
Fully sympathetic. Just back from Greece with DDs 1 & 3 and it was pants. Hotel too lovely so always tense that my wild children were breaking something (usually accurate). I had thought eating in hotel and not cooking would be a rest, but I discovered that thanking the waiter 15 times for picking up dd2's fork / bread roll / smashed glass made me more tense than domestic drudgery. I previously thought my children were just spirited, but actually they were the worst behaved in the resort. My new rule of thumb - the baboon test. If I couldn't face going there with a baboon, don't go with my children. Husband is in dog house as convinced me to go abroad instead of Cornwall. Never EVER again!
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