Planning a holiday with your little one

With summer approaching, you're probably planning your first holiday away with your baby. This can be quite daunting as you need to pre-plan everything more so than usual. You need to think about all of the things you may need over the duration of the trip, particularly if the journey takes longer than planned.

Here's some tips, tricks and a checklist which should make your planning a little less stressful.

Planning & booking:

When planning your holiday, you may wonder if you're crazy travelling with a baby, but unlike toddlers and children who can come with many challenges, babies are portable and don't usually mind being taken out and about in their prams or slings, or sleeping in a travel cot. Especially smaller babies that aren't yet crawling, you'll know that they're still in the same spot you left them.

Firstly when planning your holiday, make sure you've organised your little ones' passport in plenty of time as they can sometimes take a lot longer than expected, especially in summer. If you have an older child too, make sure it's still in date in regards to how many months are left on the passport, some say 3, some say 6. If your baby has a different surname to you and you're travelling without the person who they are named after, make sure you take the extra documents you need.

As adults we don't tend to be too concerned about holiday insurance, but with a baby it's vital. If they react to some food, or develop a horrible heat rash for example, you want to be covered!! You can also apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for each member of your family. Make sure you check if your destination requires certain vaccinations and immunisations too, and do your research on them, weigh up the risks for the recommended ones.

If you do have older children then you may not have a choice, but if you can help it, try and book outside of the school holidays. It will not only be cheaper, but less crowded which you will be grateful for with a little tot. If you're using public transport to get to and from the airport, I'd avoid rush hour whenever possible too.

When looking at accommodation, make sure it caters for babies before booking. See what facilities they have available and if they provide things such as travel cots. This means you'll only have to pack what you need. Make sure you double check and confirm this before travelling too!


It's a big job trying to remember everything for yourself, let alone for a baby too! You not only have to make sure you don't forget anything, but you also have to make sure you have enough of everything! Pack everything you usually would in your suitcase and daily changing bag, but lots more of it. It's up to you what you take, and how much you take. As a parent you'll know best but here's a checklist of the things you may not have thought about:

- Nappies. This one seems pretty obvious, but you will need to work out how many you use a day multiplied by the number of days. Then add on at least a days worth, just in case. (Remember to pack some swim nappies/pants if swimming is on the agenda).

- Nappy cream. With the warmer weather and time spent by the pool and on the beach, make sure you have plenty of nappy cream to help your baby adjust to the changes.

- Wipes. Take lots, more than you think you'll need! Since they can double up as hand wipes too. They're also great for a quick 'cool down' not only for your baby, but for you too!

- Hand sanitiser. When you’re exploring lots of new places, you’ll be feeding and changing your baby in a number of different environments, so this’ll come in very handy.

- Wipeable or disposable bibs. You'll want to avoid having to do much, if any, laundry while you’re on holiday, so having wipeable or disposable bibs to manage any spills will save a lot of washing.

- Sling/ carrier. Even if you will be using a pushchair, it’s still worth packing one of these as they can be a lifesaver when having to carry little ones and all your bags around on holiday.

- Sun hat. Your babies sensitive skin won’t be used to the sunny weather with the heat and humidity you'll experience, so make sure they're protected. I'd advise on one that fastens around their chin, hot country's can be windy and you may find it has blown away.

- Suncream. Make sure you use really strong sun cream on your little ones. Preferable above SPF50 and one's that are specifically for children. Never underestimate how quickly a baby will burn, even if you don't feel it's that hot.

- First aid kit. Hopefully you won't have to use it, but make sure you have a basic kit on hand just incase! Calpol is also a must have!

- Dummies. These are so easy to lose, especially when you’re on the move a lot, so pack plenty of spares if your baby uses one.

- Lightweight toys. I'm sure you won't forget to take your baby's favourite toy, but you're going to need a few over the duration of the holiday as they might get bored of the same thing. Make sure they're lightweight so you can easily carry them around in your hand luggage or beach bag.

- Cool clothes. Don't necessarily pack their usual outfits as it's likely to be much hotter than you and your baby are used to. Lightweight clothes will keep them cool and not weigh your case down too much either. Make sure to pack lots of spare clothes too, I'm sure you know all too well that babies are messy. Allow for a couple of outfit changes a day.

- Blanket. Not only for comfort and warmth on your journey, but if it smells of home it might help sooth your baby.

- Baby wash and lotion. Sometimes hotels provide this sort of thing for adults, but it's unlikely they'll have baby specific lotions so make sure you pack some small bottles of whatever it is that you use on your baby at bath time.

- Universal bath plug. This can turn a hotel sink into the perfect bath tub for your baby.

- Nightlight. Make feeding time and nappy changes easier during the night by not having to turn on your bright hotel room light. A baby nightlight can also be useful for settling her back to sleep in an unfamiliar room. You’ll need a plug adaptor too if you’re going abroad remember.

- Hand fan. This is great for adults too, but your baby might not enjoy the sudden heat when stepping off the plane, so having a little battery powered hand fan could be a great little gadget to help cool your baby, especially if you have transfers to and from the airport, we all know how horrible they can be.

Wherever you go on holiday, there are bound to be shops, supermarkets and pharmacies selling all the essentials you'll need. So if you forget anything, or simply can’t fit it in your suitcase, you can always pick it up when you reach your destination.

Top Tip: If you are taking more than one suitcase, share out the baby bits between both suitcases. It's not very likely your luggage will be lost (hopefully) but on the rare occasion it does, you will still have some essentials

The airport & plane journey:

Fingers crossed there won't be any delays for you, it's bad enough when you're delayed anyway but with a baby on tow it's going to seem 10 times worse. So make sure you have got enough drinks, snacks and favourite toys, as well as the essentials such as nappies, wipes and a change of clothes.

Top Tip: For easy nappy changing en-route, pre-prepare several nappy sacks with a single nappy, small packet of wipes and cream. It'll save you rummaging around in your changing bag.

Many airports cater for travelling infants, some have designates children areas, so you can feel more relaxed if your baby is groggy, or if you wish to breastfeed in private. Some will also provide buggies for you to use, and many airlines will actually allow you to keep your own pushchair with you right up to the boarding gate.

Top Tip: Get a cheap lightweight folding pushchair for your holiday, it'll be quick to pop up and down when you're rushing around. Also bare in mind that they're not gentle when handling our luggage, so it's likely to be tossed into the aircraft with no concern for damages. When you're travelling out and about, especially in sandy areas, pushchairs are likely to get dirty too. Take all of this into consideration when you're thinking about taking your gorgeous expensive pram with you. If you’re travelling somewhere hot, make sure your pushchair has a sun umbrella or UV screen.

Make sure you check the weight limit for your airline before departure, you may be better off buying your usual formula and nappies at your final destination to save space and weight. However, do a bit of research first because you may find them more expensive, of a poorer quality and not available in the size you need. So it can just be less hassle to take what you need with you. You'll be allowed to take as much milk and baby food as you need for your journey and it's not subject to the same maximum restrictions as other liquids in cabin baggage. Staff can provide hot water, as well as warming baby food for you too. If you're breastfeeding you don’t have to worry about security regulations for taking fluids in your cabin baggage.

Top Tip: In the UK, you can pre-order your milk and other baby essentials from the Boots in departures (I think you have to pre-order with at least 5 days notice). Then you collect it after airport security so there's no restrictions.. very handy!!

The thought of flying with a little one may fill you with dread. We've all been on a plane before where there's been a screaming baby none-stop for 3 hours. It's happened to me many times and I see the poor parents sink lower and lower into their seats, looking more and more upset at everyone scowling, tutting, huffing and puffing at them. So mentally prepare yourself for these kinds of people and try not to worry.. Have they never seen a crying baby before!? Just remember, we all hate travelling, especially long haul! So your baby probably does too, yet they don't understand what's going on. It doesn't make you a bad parent so sod what anyone else thinks, a couple of hours later and you'll never have to see them again.

Top Tip: Children under 2 usually have to sit on your lap, so taking a little blanket or cushion can help make the journey more comfortable. If your airline allows you to stand during the flight, a baby carrier or sling can help if you need to walk up and down the aisle to comfort your little one.

The aeroplane environment may mean your child will want more milk than usual, so cartons can be convenient, or take a made up bottle in an insulated bag.

Top tip: If you're breastfeeding, you can breastfeed whilst taking off and landing. Which will also help alleviate ear-popping. Plan a back up if your baby doesn't want a feed, such as a dummy or a clean finger to suck.

Depending on the age of your baby, you might want to download some baby friendly apps to your phone or tablet to distract them where possible.

When you're there:

If you're planning on hiring a car, they may advertise that they offer car seats too, but please do your research as I've heard so many negative things about them being dangerous. So although it's a faff, consider taking your own!

If you are using formula, you'll need to sterilise bottles. More so than usual because of the heat and other potential contaminates. You can either boil the bottles in a pan of water if you have a villa, use the hotel travel kettle. Or get a portable travel steriliser.

No doubt you'll be going for a dip to cool down, there's some very cute baby swimsuits and waterproof hats you can get for the pool. Although these are actually harder to source abroad so you're probably best getting these in the UK before you travel. The NHS advise getting full body suits to protect your baby's sensitive skin to the sunlight. The pool water reflects the sun even more so you're twice as likely to burn in water.

If you're going somewhere hot, make sure to keep your baby in the shade wherever possible. If you're on the beach, a pop up baby sun pod will keep your little one shielded from the sun and wind.

Top Tip: You can make your own shaded comfy corner using umbrella's stuck in the sand! A fitted sheet is a great way of keeping sand from blowing onto your baby too, as it lifts up at the side creating a shield!

It may be the most obvious thing to say, but keep your baby (and yourself) well hydrated. Babies feel the heat a lot more than we do, so it's important they keep cool and hydrated. Why not give them their first taste of ice cream?

I was on holiday last year and I saw a parent blow up a little paddling pool, fill it with water and have it by her sun lounger in the shade. I thought this was a great idea as then the baby can sit and play whilst staying cool. The main pools in hotels are usually in the sun so you have to limit your time in them. This is a brilliant, simple cheap idea to entertain your baby. You can even dip your toes in yourself to cool off.

Most importantly, enjoy yourselves! Relax, soak up some sun, and create some special family memories. Don't forget to take LOTS of photographs. They're amazing keepsakes.

Happy holidays!!

Special thanks to my lovely clients and followers who gave me permission to use their personal holiday snaps :)

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Sarah Rest


We had a newborn photo shoot with Jade, our little 2 weeks old baby girl certainly made her work for it! Jade is so patient, creative and passionate about her work. She made us feel so welcome incorporating things personal to us, her studio is so well set up and even tho our daughter was awake for the majority of the session we weren’t made to feel rushed and left feeling totally relaxed which I wasn’t expecting at all! The finished prints are just too adorable for words and an amazing memory for us to treasure. Thanks so much Jade - you’re a genius!

Amit Odera


We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

Amit Odera


We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

Emily Martin

Jade at Inspirique was truly professional whilst being informal and making myself and my son feel very relaxed to create natural and amazing photos we will treasure forever! We loved the shoot and the time flew by and we could not be happier with the prints created! Jade was natural and caring with our son who was extra delicate as our shoot was a week before his due date as he arrived early. It was very easy to book and Jade was flexible in arranging times that were convenient to both! Jade went above and beyond for us as a family and we will be returning for further shoots in the future! Amazing!

Emma Platneur


Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.


I was really worried about venturing out so soon after my son was born. In fact I regretted booking the session because I wasn’t up to getting out of the house. But I mustered up the courage in the end and did it, and I’m so glad I did. Jade was brilliant with my son and you can tell she’s so comfortable with handling new borns. And despite the heat, she did everything she could to keep all of us comfortable!!! The photos came out beautifully. Would definitely visit again!!

Ashee Bathia


Would highly recommend Jade at Inspirique for a new born photoshoot. She’s very professional, very patient and fantastic at what she does! No regrets whatsoever!

Mack Falconetti

As a bloke I turned up where my mrs told me to go. I was not sure what to expect with the shoot. Jade was very welcoming and great with our son Theo. She was very professional and easy going. We bought some of our own props and Jade was happy to use them in the pictures, they turned out great! Even my son weeing on Jade's camera didn't phase her. Men be aware the shoot is long... bring plenty of snacks and something to read... But there's plenty of tea and coffee on the tap. The pictures are definitely worth it... thanks Jade!

Krishna Gorania

I’ve recently given birth to my first and I really wanted someone to capture my precious baby in his first few weeks, all Mother’s say time flies by so quick and before you know it they are all grown up. Jade was recommended to me by a family member, I’d seen the great pictures she had taken of my Niece already. I was quite nervous about someone posing my baby who was only 10 days at the time but boy am I glad I had the pictures taken.. Jade was amazing! Before the shoot I received an email containing all the information I needed to know about the day. On the day I felt so comfortable with the shoot, Jade was so great with him, she stopped to let me feed him and didn’t rush me at all, she wasn’t bothered about the wee and pooh everywhere during the shoot either.

I’ve now seen the images from the day, I had initially planned to only buy the basic package but the images were so amazing I purchased them all along with a framed canvas! Thanks Jade!!!

Rowena Goonetilleke


I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with my newborn but as my pregnancy wasn’t as smooth sailing, I didn’t have the heart to book something in advance. Then once he was born i really wanted a photo shoot and realised he was approaching 6 weeks already by then! I contacted inspirique and they fitted me in the next day! Jade was very professional, clearly having handled new born babies. Her patience was amazing! Baby even managed to do a poop in studio but she took this in her stride! It was an enjoyable few hours and our images are dotted around the house as a reflection of our experience and the quality work! Thank you Jade!

Sarah Wilkinson

Jade did a fantastic job on our daughters newborn shoot. She's so determined to get that perfect shot. nothing is ever too much trouble she was brilliant with my two girls too. Would highly recommend!

Lottie Swift

Jade has been amazing from start to finish! We booked our shoot when our little girl was a week old and she still managed to juggle things around to get us in for the newborn shoot. I have just been to the viewing session and the photos are amazing! Totally fallen in love and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Jade for also being so accommodating! Anyone who is thinking of having a session I would definitely do so!

Samantha Davenport

I have used Inspirique Baby Photography twice so far and both times i have been excellently looked after by Jade! I had my maternity shoot at 30 weeks and wasn't feeling my best but jade made me feel so confident and the photos were great! We was not pressured into buying any! We went for our newborn shoot this week and was great to watch jade work with our little girl and she is brilliant with them! She was in safe hands! The service u get is first class and communication is brilliant! Always reply to messages and feel I have been well looked after throughout! Waiting on viewing our newborn photos but happy they will be worth the wait. 100% recommend Inspirique to anyone!

Melissa Robinson

I message Jade right at the last minute for a new born shoot. She fitted me in straight the way , Jade was really good with my son and the photos she's taken I love them so happy with the service thank you jade , can’t wait for the next shoot thank you


I went in to this photo shoot not really knowing what to expect & fairly nervous about getting my clothes off with a stranger. But as soon as Jade invited us in to her studio she made both my partner & myself feel so comfortable. Jade is such a lovely lady, she made me feel so confident! I wasn’t convinced I’d like the photos as I felt a bit silly doing some of the poses, but now I have had my beautiful baby girl and have viewed the photos they are amazing and I’m so proud that I carried her, also captured my baby bump in the most perfect way. Brilliant way to remember/ look back on my bump!!! (As you do forget how big you can get.) I can’t recommend Jade enough, thank you so much for our forever photos.


I’ve seen Jade twice; I visited Jade a couple of months back for a maternity photo shoot, as I wanted to capture some timeless images during my first pregnancy. Jade was so professional and friendly she put me at ease throughout, as I spent most of the shoot in my underwear and some shots I was nude (which for most women would be an apprehensive thought even without being 7/8 months pregnant). I was able to be clear about what type of photos I wanted to create, and got to choose which outfits to wear, I only needed to bring black and white underwear, everything else was provided for. I also opted for the powder photo where Jade’s lovely assistant threw flour over me to get a beautiful shot, and didn’t mind at all that her clothes were also covered in flour in the process.

My second visit was a few weeks ago when I took my 3 week old baby boy for his newborn shoot. Again Jade was very professional and spoke to me and my husband about the type of photos we wanted and colour backdrops, outfits we wanted to use, if any. She handled Joel with care and worked to his timetable- we stopped when nappy changing and feeding was needed. We were both very pleased at the end result and couldn’t choose which photos to have so we had them all!

I’d definitely recommend x

Gemma Payne

Myself and my partner went to choose our photo package yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! The photos are absolutely perfect! I love each and everyone of them. When Jade sat us down to watch the slide show of Rosie and the family pictures it brought me to tears. It made me realise that our long journey of IVF, all the injections and hard times was a distant memory as we have our beautiful little Rosie now apart of our family finally. For me the pictures capture every last detail of how precious Rosie is to us and how our family is complete. I will treasure the pictures forever. The family photos are amazing and the picture of all 3 of our girls is incredible. I can honestly say you can tell Jade loves her job, she adds that small personal touch to every picture taken, every set up she chooses, and every position she places your baby in and you wouldn’t get anywhere else. An incredible person and an incredible photographer. Thank you again Jade for the beautiful photos and we cannot wait to use you again.

James Clayton

Excellent service and jade is so good with little ones. Had some amazing photos and even ordered a large glass picture for the wall at home. All packages are value to money and no pressure to buy. Would defiantly recommend. Thanks Jade


We booked in with Jade for the newborn photo shoot, when our Daughter was 2 weeks old. We hadn’t experienced anything like this before, and didn’t know what to expect. Jade made us feel very welcome and relaxed and explained everything to us along the way. There was no time limit for the photo shoot, which made us feel at ease. The photo shoot was a lovely experience and we would definitely do it again. When viewing the photos, it was a very calm atmosphere. Jade made us feel very relaxed when choosing our photos, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Choosing our photographs was very difficult as they were all beautiful! 
We are so happy with our photographs and canvas! Thank you Jade.


Thank you very much for the lovely images you took of Isabel they are beautiful. Also thank you for allowing us to have a 2nd attempt at the photo shoot as Isabel was a little upset and not her bubbly self you were amazing. I will highly recommend you to all others out there, friends and family. Can't thank you enough.

Andy Martin

Jade was absolutely incredible, she made the whole process easy. Jade was very professional and understood everything we wanted. Her flexibility made it easier for us especially having a new born. Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to capture those special early days. 10/10 thank you x


I wanted to capture the beautiful experience of pregnancy. As soon as we met Jade she put me and my family (husband and toddler) at ease. She was very friendly and professional, took us through the process with patience. I had used one of the dress and head piece from her amazing maternity collection for the maternity shoot.

We also had our newborns photoshoot done few weeks ago. Again she was brilliant with him and handled the session with thorough professionalism. All the props she used for the shoot were so beautiful we couldn’t wait to see the results! It was more than we had expected. Both me and my husband are very happy with the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend!


We recently did a cake smash for our 1 year old daughter. The whole experience was really fun and our daughter instantly took to Jade. Thank you again for making her 1st birthday so memorable.


Would just like to say a massive thank you to jade for the amazing photos. You did an amazing job. You was very helpful in letting us have a second attempt as Isabel would not play ball the first time. I'm one happy mummy.



THANK YOU!!! Jade was amazing with our little boy Charlie. She was so patient settling him, resulting in some absolutely fab pics. All of which was fascinating to watch from jade soothing him to positioning him. We can not wait now to show off the prints. Thank you again. We will be back.


Amazing photos from the mini newborn shoot!! We really struggled to choose which 3 to have as they were all adorable. Jade really had to work for the shots she got as Penelope was really not playing ball bless her, but all the hard work (rocking and soothing her for over an hour) paid off! She has the patience of a saint! Would highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back and get some more lovely pictures as she gets older! Thank you.


Jade was brilliant with both our children (Florence who was just 2 weeks and Ethan who on that day was every inch a terrible 2). She was so patient and worked her magic and produced a stunning family shot (we’re still stumped as to how she did it) and beautiful portraits of Florence. This was all in the stifling heat and standard newborn poop explosions!! When we returned to choose they were all displayed to help us choose and there was no pressure as to what to have/ spend. We even changed the colours on some to make them work as a group display piece. Really happy and worth every penny also loved the gift bag with little treats as it made it feel much more personal and was a lovely touch x


Thank you for our lovely newborn and sitter photos!


I booked in at Inspirique as a surprise present for my at the time heavily pregnant fiancée! From the get go Jade was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so friendly yet professional! We both aren’t keen on having our photos taken but Jade couldn’t have done more to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve since received our photos and are over the moon.

I couldn’t recommend Jade (Inspirique) more and have since been for our newborn shoot! Look no further than here if you are after a quality, comfortable photo shoot!


Excellent experience in a warm and welcoming environment. Jade worked wonders with my son Charlie to achieve the perfect shots.

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Emma Platneur


Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.