What to take on baby’s first holiday

We have just come back from our first family holiday and we are currently drowning in piles of clothes that need washing!!
It was lovely to get away although it wasnt exactly restful! We have been to the Lake District with the inlaws and my pregnant sister in law and her husband. We stayed in a 3 bedroom self catering holiday home in Ambleside which was nice as we were able to walk into the town where there were lots of little shops to look round but we also had the car to travel to other nearby places like Windermere.

With this being our first holiday with Freddie we packed the car right to the rafters and took loads of things we probably didn’t need.

So I’ve had a think about what was actually useful that we would take next time we go and thought it would be nice to share it with you!

  • Sun hat and suntan cream

One thing that won’t change wherever we are on holiday is the need for a sunhat and a good suntan cream. Both myself and my husband are ridiculously pale – to the point that everytime I go blood doning I get concerned doner carers asking me ‘Oh are you ok love, you do look pale, do you feel faint?’ Yeah, I actually came in this colour thanks….

As a child I got really badly burnt on the back of my legs after digging a hole on the beach and not reapplying cream well enough. I couldnt sleep on my back for days. Therefore I am very aware of what precautions need to be taken with Freddie. I used factor 50 Ambre Solaire for kids and had this cute sunhat from Tu at Sainsburys.


  • High chair

This is fairly specific to the type of holiday we had – if you are flying anywhere then this obviously isnt practical, however, if you are packing up your car then you are good to go! Freddie is fully into the swing of weaning now and is eating plenty but he still isnt quite able to sit up unaided, therefore a highchair with straps that go over the shoulders is essential for us – we had a nasty incident in pizza hut not long ago that involved Freddies head, a high chair and a table…….Bad mum.

The high chair we have is this one by Mamas and Papas https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01B17XP7A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1image

  • Baby monitor

Again, this depends on the type of holiday you are having – if you are all in a small hotel room then this isnt necessary. If however you are in a holiday home like ours where the bedrooms are on anothe floor at the other end of the house from the kitchen then a baby monitor is a good call. We didnt take ours and i wish we had as we had a few instances of Freddie balling his eyes out by the time I got to him rather than me making it to him while he was still grizzling. We have this Angelcare movement and sound baby monitor https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angelcare-AC401-Momement-Sound-Monitor/dp/B0013FW5G8/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1464550339&sr=1-2&keywords=angelcareimage

  •  Padded Baby Mat

Our play mat was a great shout to take as it served two purposes 1) it has lots of hanging toys and things on the mat to provide amusement and 2) the mat is padded/quilt like which made a nice softer surface for Freddie as the holiday cottage had wooden flooring downstairs. This playmat was a hand me down but there are similar ones like this one by Fisher Price (this is a bit fancier as it also plays music and lights up!) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fisher-Price-K4562-Rainforest-Gym/dp/B000FFL58Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1464550375&sr=1-1&keywords=playmat


  • Something relaxing for mummy!

Ok…. so not for Freddie, but this was my holiday too and part of the pact with my husband was I agreed to go on holiday with the inlaws if they did some baby sitting and i had some me time, so i had a lovely bath (or two) with a cuppa, my book and a lovely bath bomb i found in a shop in Grassmere 🙂


Let me know what your holiday essentials for baby are 🙂

Lucy x

Pink Pear Bear




  1. Baby Anon May 30, 2016 / 9:14 am

    What great tips. We are going on our first hols abroad soon and Mother is already stressing. We went away to Center Parcs and Mother took almost everything in our possession. The one thing we would recommend is washing up liquid for my bottles – we recently stayed in a hotel and we had the steriliser but forgot the washing liquid to wash the bottles! I would also recommend not packing so many of my toys as I didn’t really need them – there was so much else going on to keep me occupied 😉 #bigpinklink

    • My Little Yarn Baby June 2, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Ha ha, poor mother, but centre parcs is great so have a wonderful time! (just watch out for the geese!!)x

  2. This Mum's Life May 30, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Oooh, I love the look of your bath bomb!! And I’m very glad you got some time to yourself!! Always much needed when you’ve got a small one/ones!! I loved the sun hat-so cute!! I can remember packing the entire contents of my house for our first holiday with a baby, and it is handy to find posts that list what you really need, instead of you panicking and packing the lot! We found a godsend chair for taking away with our weaning baby, and it was a chair that came as a small zip up box, which opened out and strapped to a normal chair, and had full leg and shoulder straps! It was so handy to take everywhere with us!! A playmat is always very handy too for when they’re that little!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

    • My Little Yarn Baby June 2, 2016 / 10:44 am

      It was a good one! A tad expensive but worth it!! Ah that does sound a good chair. We had a great fold up travel cot with its own bag, shame he didnt like to sleep in it!!

  3. wendy May 31, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    That bath bomb looks amazing!Ahh you always have to take so much stuff when you go away with a little one, our car is always overflowing with ‘essentials’. I’m glad you had a nice time and managed to get some time to yourself xx #bigpinklink

    • My Little Yarn Baby May 31, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      It was great. It was expensive for the size but well worth it 😀
      Had a nice time, would have liked a little more sleep, but time to yourself isnt a bad second is it?! x

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