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6 Baby-Friendly UK Holiday Destinations for 2024

Posted on the 20 October 2023 by Sparklesandstretchmarks @raine_fairy
 If you're anything like me, you're probably already itching to plan your family's next holiday. But when you're planning a trip with little ones it's not just about where to go, but also how to make it an enjoyable and hassle-free experience with a baby in tow. That's why I'm sharing some top picks for baby-friendly UK holiday destinations to consider for 2024. So, grab a cuppa and let's dive into these fantastic spots!
1. Cornwall - Sun, Sea, and Baby-Friendly Bliss
Cornwall is like the ultimate playground for a family holiday. Gorgeous beaches, rugged coastline, and charming villages make this southwestern gem a hit with families. For those with a baby, it's a safe bet too.
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Plenty of family-friendly accommodations on offer to suit your needs, from caravans and cottages to campsites and hotels.- Many attractions have baby changing facilities and feeding areas.- Explore kid-friendly spots like The Eden Project or St. Michael's Mount (don't worry, baby carriers can conquer those hills!).- Enjoy coastal walks with your baby in a sling or baby carrier – the fresh sea air is a guaranteed nap inducer.
2. Devon - Where Babies and Beaches Mix:
Devon, Cornwall's neighbour, offers a similar coastal charm with its own unique flavor and a little more of the traditional seaside holiday charm of yester-year to offer... It's the perfect spot to introduce your baby to the beach for the first time.
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Delight in sandy beaches like Woolacombe and Salcombe – just don't forget the sunblock and baby shade tent!- Plenty of child-friendly eateries where you can indulge in cream teas while your little one snacks on finger foods.- Rainy days? No problem. Visit indoor attractions like The Donkey Sanctuary and Crealy Theme Park.- Wide-ranging accommodation options, including baby-friendly cottages and holiday parks.
3. Lake District - Majestic Beauty for Families:
The Lake District is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscapes, but don't be discouraged by the idea of hiking with a baby – it's more manageable than you might think!
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Opt for a baby carrier or a sturdy stroller to explore gentle walks along lake shores, where pram accessibility is a priority.- Accommodation choices range from baby-friendly B&Bs to holiday lodges with all the necessary baby gear.- Find indoor attractions like The World of Beatrix Potter and the Lakes Aquarium, ideal for a change of scenery.
4. Cotswolds - Quintessential England with a Baby:
If you're after a quintessential English holiday experience, the Cotswolds will not disappoint. This picturesque region is perfect for a relaxing break with your baby.
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Stay in charming, family-friendly cottages and inns.- Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens and the Cotswold Farm Park offer interactive experiences for little ones.- Explore quaint villages and towns with picturesque streets where you can stroll with a pram.- Baby-changing facilities are abundant in local amenities.
5. Pembrokeshire - Coastal Adventures for Families:
Wales is often underrated as a family holiday destination, but Pembrokeshire is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered by parents with babies in tow.
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Beautiful coastal paths, like the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, are accessible with baby carriers.- Pembrokeshire's Blue Flag beaches are perfect for a day of seaside fun with your little one.- Many child-friendly restaurants and cafes offer tasty bites for both you and your baby.- Accommodations range from coastal cottages to family-friendly caravan parks.
6. Yorkshire Dales - Family Fun in the Heart of England:
The Yorkshire Dales, located in the heart of England, offers stunning landscapes, charming towns, and plenty of attractions for families with babies.
**Baby-Friendly Features:**
- Opt for a sturdy pram or baby carrier to explore gentle walks in the Dales. Visit Malham Cove for an easy family-friendly trail.- Embrace the local culture by exploring quaint villages like Grassington and Settle.- Family-oriented accommodation options include farm stays and cozy cottages.- You'll find baby-changing facilities in larger towns and local attractions.
General Tips for Traveling with a Baby:
Now that we've covered these fantastic destinations and hopefully inspired you to book that break, here are some handy tips for a smooth journey when traveling with baby:
1. Pack Wisely: Make sure you've got all the baby essentials, from diapers and wipes to baby food and a travel crib. If you're breastfeeding then it's worth investing in something like the Momcozy M5 wearable breast pump to make traveling with baby that much easier - This innovative pump, with its all-in-one design and discreet, lightweight build, allows mothers to conveniently and discreetly express milk anytime and anywhere. Its chic and high-quality storage bag ensures that the pump is not only functional but also stylish and easy to carry on the move. With Momcozy breast pump, you can effortlessly maintain your breastfeeding routine even while on the go, making travel less stressful and more enjoyable for both you and baby.6 Baby-Friendly UK Holiday Destinations for 2024

2. Timing is Key: Plan your travel times around your baby's schedule. If they nap during the day, a drive during naptime can be a lifesaver.
3. Snacks and Entertainment:  Bring along a stash of baby-friendly snacks and toys to keep your little one entertained during the journey.
4. Accommodation: Check that your chosen accommodation is baby-friendly and offers necessary equipment like high chairs and cots.
5. Baby Carriers and Strollers: Depending on your destination, choose the most suitable mode of transport for exploring with your baby.
6. Be Flexible: Remember, traveling with a baby can be unpredictable. Be flexible with your plans and take breaks when needed.
7. Research Child-Friendly Attractions: Before you go, research local attractions and amenities to ensure a fun and stress-free trip for everyone.
8. Health and Safety: Pack a first-aid kit with baby-specific items and know the location of the nearest medical facilities.
9. Travel Insurance: Don't forget to get suitable travel insurance, including coverage for any unforeseen baby-related emergencies.
10. Take Lots of Photos: Finally, cherish the moments with your little one and take lots of photos. They grow up so fast, and these memories are priceless!
And that's it! Time to start planning your next baby-friendly UK holiday../get ready for some fantastic family memories! Happy travels!
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