Summer Staycation with Baby, We've Created Your Shopping List!
With Summer holidays pending, as life after lockdown resumes, we’re all excitedly planning our Summer ‘staycation’. Nevermore than now have we appreciated the incredible scenery, sights, history and warmth our little green isle has to offer and let’s all get out and about to enjoy it.
For many ‘lock-down babies’ and new parents, this will be their first-ever holiday, so to help prepare for a stress-free staycation with babies and children, we’ve organised our top tips and must-have items for your holiday shopping list.
#1 Transporting Baby
Car SeatsMake sure you have a safe and comfy car seat at the ready, and depending on the age of your baby or child, there are lots of great options available. Rear-facing is the safer option for children for at least the first two years. If your car seat can accommodate longer rear-facing, this is even better.
Stage 1 Age 0 - 4 years ( 45cm - 105cm) or ( Max 18kg). Max weight and max height varies per brand and model.
- CybexCloud Z &Base Z
- Cybex Aton M &Base M
- Uppababy Mesa &Base
- Bugaboo BeSafe Turtle Air &Base
- Cybex Sirona Z &Base Z ( this seat is also suitable from birth) won’t be suitable to dock onto a pushchair.
- Cybex Sirona S (integrated base) won’t be suitable to dock onto a pushchair.
- Cybex Sirona M2 &Base M this seat is also suitable from birth) won’t be suitable to dock onto a pushchair.
Group 2 Age 4years - 12 years (100cm - 150cm) or (Max 36kg). Max weight and max height varies per brand and model.
For older children - these front-facing high back booster seats with side impact protection are a good option.
Other things to consider for longer trips a car seat that offers a reclining headrest for naps, a cup holder for their sippy cup or drinks, a cover to protect the seat from snack attack mess and keeping baby cool in hot weather!
And for younger babies, don’t forget your car seat adapters, which will allow you to dock your infant car seat onto your pushchair frame. This will create an easy transportation solution for when your baby falls asleep on those relaxing car rides, and you can simply remove your seat from the car and attach it to your pushchair when you arrive at your destination.
Learn more about choosing the right car seat with our handy guide here.
Travelling with little people certainly doesn’t mean light packing; with toys, beds, feeding equipment, clothing and everything in between, the car is sure to get jam-packed. Investing in a good quality compact stroller will save lots of space and still provide a compact wheel solution for years to come for those family holiday adventures.
Here are our top suggestions;
A lightweight, super-duper compact wheel solution, and when folded, this neat little package even fits into the overhead luggage compartment on an aircraft. Learn more about the Yoyo2here.
You can also include various accessories to make life easier, such as rain covers, footmuffs, buggy boards, bags and more.
With an extended canopy and a lie-flat seat, this compact stroller will keep the baby cosy and comfy on those chilly evening walks. With the all-terrain suspension, the Qbit is a more robust option for light all-terrain park walks.
GB Pockit +
One-hand compact fold, for quick and easy storage, the Pockit is an excellent option for light, infrequent use for those family trips.
Shop thePockit + Stoller now.
For hand’s-free walks along the Cliff’s of Moher, beach walks in Donegal or adventurous hikes through the Ring of Kerry, having a carrier handy means your staycation adventures won’t be limited by pushchair resistant terrain. Wearing your baby is also great for bonding time, development and generally makes the baby feel safe, secure and happy out!
From birth to 12 Months( Min. 7 lbs/3.2 kg, max. 25 lbs/11 kg)
Form birth to 15 Months0 - 15 months ( Min 3,2 kg - max 12 kg)
From birth to 3 years( Min. 8 lbs/21 in (3.5 kg/53 cm)
#2 Foldable Travel Cot
Compact when folded and quick and easy to set up, two main things to look out for when selecting your travel cot. Opt for a model that includes a good quality safety tested mattress for comfy and safe sleeping.
One movement fold and unfold, theBabybjorn Travel Cot Light, is an all-in-one solution with no upper weight limit. It also includes a handy carry bag for easy storage and transportation.
#3 Feeding Time!
If you are breast or bottle feeding, thebbhugme Nursing Pillows come with a handy transport bag. These pillows offer adjustable support for parent and baby when feeding; the cover is also removable and machine washable.
#4 Bath Time!
To make things a lot easier at bath time, bringing your tub will mean the baby can bathe in his/her familiar place; this also helps you to maintain their bedtime bath routine and without too much disruption.
#4 Keeping Them Entertained!
Ok, so we know the Irish Sea water can be a little on the chilly side, so if you are staying in an Airbnb or holiday rental, these Liewood Pools are sure to provide hours of water time fun. Add somewater toys, abeach bucket set,protective swimwear and a cutelittle hat for safe fun in the sun!
Or for keen little gardeners, thiswooden wheelbarrow set is just the ticket for budding Diarmuid Gavin’s.
A popup tent can be taken just about anywhere and can even double up as a shelter from warm sunny days.