Appeal to guests travelling with tots - top tips

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Appeal to guests travelling with tots

Guests with young children have quite a bit to consider before setting off on holiday. Will there be a high chair at the property? Is the swimming pool child-friendly?

We asked owners, holidaymakers and some Holiday Lettings staff what makes for a great toddler-friendly holiday and here are their top tips:

“A high chair would be helpful if the child is very young. I have an 8 month old boy and the high chair was invaluable. The owner could provide a selection of leaflets of place to visit or things to do.” David Midgley - guest.

“The majority of my guests come in winter for the skiing in Serre Chevalier. I have two young kids and we share lots of info with guests about what to plan for and what there is to do when here. Naturally high chairs, cots, toys, etc, are all provided with my apartments. We even work alongside a nanny and organise ski coaching with New Generation in the village. Bring lots of layers for the kids to wear, sun glasses (very important for babies and children), goggles, snow boots and good ski gloves. Enjoy yourselves!” Melanie, ‘La Guisane spa apartment’ – Home 34730

“We have lots of lovely families visiting so the following bits and bobs are absolutely invaluable; travel cot with or without linen, high chair, bed barrier, baby monitor, changing mat, stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, bottle steriliser, toddler crockery and cutlery, emergency pool nappies and a baby bath.” Amanda, ‘L’Ecurie Gite’ – Home 153363

“A DVD player, pool and a few toys/animals or beach nearby and we'll be happy!” Claire - guest.

“A high chair, cot and some toys and books are essential items in our cottages to make our young guests welcome. Additionally we provide a fire-guard for the wood burning stove in the Barn so parents can relax. We also provide a wildlife box which includes books/binoculars for older children to keep them busy whilst exploring the area.” Barbara, ‘Balblair Cottages’ – Home 255016

Top 5 things to consider when travelling with young children

  1. How easy is it to get to the holiday home? A long walk, a climb up steep stairs or a four hour drive after a long plane flight are all hard to manage with kids in tow

  2. Check your accommodation is child-friendly – think stairs, beds, pools, etc

  3. Make sure there’s somewhere for you to relax and unwind when the kids are tucked up in bed – this is where a holiday home with several rooms really comes into its own versus a hotel room

  4. Bend the rules a bit while on holiday – let kids stay up later so they can come out for meals in the evenings (take buggies for little ones), this should also hopefully mean they sleep in longer in the mornings

  5. Speak to the owners before travelling and find out about child-friendly facilities and things to do in the area

Emilie, PR Team, Holiday Lettings.

"Take an iPad or similar with episodes of children's TV shows; very handy on the plane. Check with the taxi company you're using for transfers - some companies often provide child or baby seats so you don't have to take your own. This was a massive bonus for us as we had so much stuff." Richard, Design Team, Holiday Lettings.

Date: December 2012