Going on a skiing hol with 1 yr old - what do I need?(23 Posts)
We're going on a chalet holiday over Christmas with DD (who will be one while we're away - what a great place to spend your first birthday!). Is there anything I've not thought of that I need to get? I've got a waterproof snowsuit; mitts; booties; hats; baby sunglasses on elastic strap. We'll probably take both the McLaren buggy and Baby Bjorn (if she still fits) for getting around the resort.
What else do I need for her??
Sledge and sunscreen
Childcare sorted - picked a chalet with a creche plus have doting uncle, auntie and cousin on hand Must dig out the sunscreen...but think I might leave the sledge purchase until we get to the resort. Thank you!
You can usually rent them in resort. Much easier to backpack or drag a sledge (baby one with harness) than use a buggy in snow.
Off road pushchair would be good on snow, landrover or mountain buggy
Ah, I was going to say "a nanny" but madwoman got there first
a less 'practical' suggestion but good toys that pack down small. We took ds at 14 months and it was cold! he couldn't be out for long periods at a time so needed plenty of entertainment indoors. The chalet had some stuff and our friend's children were there too which helped, but I was definitely glad I had packed: plenty of books, small toys (little cars, instruments, jigsaws), a play tunnel that folded flat was a big hit with all the children (and adults...), an etch a sketch (brilliant for the plane too). (Mind you by then he was already one of those children that had to be out doors twice a day every day) was good fun though, and I feel completely happy to go again this year.
decent thermals were good as well for underneath his snowsuit.
we took the maclaren (for in the airports as much as anything) and it coped better than I expected on the snow, but we did borrow an offroad pushchair some of the time too and that was brilliant.
have a lovely time! I loved getting some skiing (and apres-skiing ) in, felt like I got a bit of my old self back, and DS loved being fussed over by all our friends and the chalet staff
oh and you might not want the added suspense but he was happier in baby goggles than baby sunglasses, I think it kept the cold off his eyes. Our friends child coped fine with the sunglasses though
Forget the babybjorn, with a snowsuit on, she wont fit.
The maclaren wheels are double and small, and really tricky in snow, unless the snow is hard packed.
Wool undergarments, like merino. And fleece midlayer. She is not very mobile, so will easily freeze.
I wouldn't other with the babybjorn at 1, tbh. Borrow a back carrier. Our resort has a baby loan equipment service, including back carriers, high chairs, travel cots, chariotcarriers three wheelers etc. Wish I'd known about it when mine were that small!
Yy, mclaren definitely not designed for use on snow. On heavy snow days even our 'made for it' mega wheeled three wheeler had to be dragged backwards to get through. And quite often got ditched. they do make skids for it lol, but. Didn't ever get around to buying them. Know lots that do for cross country skiing though.
Resorts are usually pretty well cleared though.
Dd1 learned to walk on one such holiday.
Oh thank you everyone. Okay, I won't bother with the Maclaren or the Baby bjorn then! I have a 3-wheeled running buggy with large wheels, so might take that instead - but I think the idea of towing her round on a sledge might be best. I had been planning to get a backpack carrier but DH thought it would be dangerous - if we slipped over DD's head would be the first thing to hit the floor...and whoever was carrying her would then land on top of her.
Hadn't thought of thermals - how stupid of me. Where the heck do you buy thermals for a 12 month old? And fleece mid-layers? I've never seen them for a 12 month old.
FeelingGreen, where did you get baby googles from?
madwomanintheattic, I'll look into whether the resort (we're going to La Tania/Courchevel) has a baby-stuff loaning system - it had never crossed my mind. Would love it if DD started walking while we we in the alps.
I am stupidly excited about going skiing and can't wait to introdue DD to the snowy alps - we missed out on having a ski trip last year as I was due to give birth at Christmas and after DD was born I couldn't work out a way to make skiing compatible with bf.
teeny tiny thermals - sort of. Actually they come up kind of large! But good.
NotSpartacus, brilliant, thanks. There's a Polarn shop in Kingston and I was planning to pop in to do a bit of Christmas shopping tomorrow, so will see what they've got in-store. Thanks!
can't remember where I bought ds's from, but this shop sell the same brand of thermals
ds happily lived in them, and he suffers badly from very sensitive skin and eczema.
goggles were Uvex ones, from amazon I think! or possibly the local ski shop. not essential though but DS definitely preferred them to his glasses.
We didn't ever both with thermals, tbh. Just regular bodysuits and leggings. Even with the one born in the Canadian Rockies in January, lol. I think the youngest we bought thermals for was when they hit three and we started them actual skiing. Before that, they just wore regular sensible simple layers under their snow suits. We had a billion fleecy jumpers that we used as a mid layer. Just regular off the shelf fleece tops from whichever baby shop had them (and they all seemed to). Boden always did a killer range of fleece jumpers for babies. you really don't need specialist stuff that will be worn for a week and then discarded (and you know it will probably get vomit or pooh on it the first day and you'll be washing every night...) I suspect mine have even worn large babygro under their snow suit. You have to pull the babygro feet down though, as they can ride up and tighten when you slide them in - you don't want cold toes from them not having enough space to wiggle! (Has your snowsuit got feet in?)
I have always felt largely the same way about the back pack idea, but have never once fallen when carrying them - have seen total nutters downhill skiing with tots in backpacks, and am not that crazy! Daycare works for me!
Skiing is compatible with bf here. They take babies from 19 days old and give you a pager and just page you when the baby needs a feed. . It ain't all that sensible though, I put ds1 in for a day at 10 weeks, and he ended up with rsv and double pneumonia. <sigh> daycare comes with preschoolers germs from all around the world lol. The same kid was hitting black runs at 7, though, so it didn't put him off!!
Mine wore sunglasses, not goggles, but it's very much what the tiny will tolerate, tbh. One of ours refused point blank, so we ended up putting a peaked cap on in between the warm hat and the snowsuit hood, just to shield the eyes a bit.
You will have sooooooo much fun! Have a lovely time!
(I should say we moved to Canada when dd1 was 11 mos, in the middle of the ski season. Ds1 was born the following January, and we moved back to the UK when he was 18mos- dd2 was born that year, and we came back to Canada when she was 2, but skied in European resorts in the interim.)
Don't forget swimming cossie and swim nappies!!! (I assume there is somewhere you can spend half an hour in a pool or hot tub?)
Yes body suit (preferably a cotton roll neck - try Gap. ) over tights for indoors. Then add a fleece (Gap or Snow and Rock) and snowsuit , hat etc for outdoors. Rent a sled with a babyseat (you may want to take a footmuff to pad it out, stop spray underneath and keep her snug). Check if chalet has any all terrain buggies you could borrow. Snow boots are good idea if she is cruising, ideally with velcro or lace fastening to fit well. ds wouldn't walk when we took him at that age as he didn't like texture of snow and dd objected to her Aigle winter wellies because they were too loose a fit! If you may decide to use local daycare take her vaccination record. Paths are usually cleared enough in resort for a buggy and you may want it in case of delay at the airport.
Where/who are you staying with in La Tania? Most of the chalets have kids equipmentbyou can borrow or hire for the week anyway. We stayed with ski magic and they pretty much had everything on site.
Hey, can't believe I missed this thread- just posted a very similar question about taking a 6 mo to la Tania!
How was the trip? Any tips for me? And how was the snow?
Great to read some of the thoughts here. My only pushchair is an all terrain 3-wheeler (love outdoors life!) but I was thinking of getting a more lightweight one for this holiday as thought it would be easier to travel with! Doh! Defo won't now.
Any baby thermals/googles/sunglasses bargains around?
And I was going to say childcare but I see you have that covered!
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