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7 tips for travelling to Fiji with a baby / toddler

7 tips for travelling to Fiji with a baby

If you've recently become new parents, you're probably aware that many of your pre-baby activities will have come to a halt. However, being responsible for a tiny human doesn't mean you can't enjoy a tropical vacation this summer.

While your holiday style will undoubtedly be different (say goodbye to those spontaneous midnight walks along the beach), you can still have an excellent family vacation in Fiji. Follow these tips to ensure that baby's first time away goes smoothly.

1. Get organised

It might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many new parents forget the little details when it comes to taking a baby / toddler on holiday. The most important of these is making sure to get the necessary travel documentation - particularly passports - organised early. All children, regardless of how young they are, need to travel on their own passport, so make sure to apply for this as early as you possibly can.

Australians don't require a visa when travelling to Fiji on holiday, so you shouldn't need to worry about organising any other documentation before your holiday.

2. When to travel

Another important decision to make when getting organised is what time of the year to visit. The two big factors to take into account are how busy it will be, and the weather. July to August is the peak holiday season in Fiji, with lots of families visiting during the school holidays. As your little one is not in school yet, it may be a good idea to travel outside of this time, and enjoy a slightly more quiet, peaceful holiday. As an added bonus, travelling off-peak is often cheaper, and you won't have to battle with hundreds of other people for a prime slice of beach real estate.

In terms of the weather, and what will be most comfortable for your baby, you may want to travel outside of the wet season (November to March), where there's a higher chance of rain, as well as increased humidity.

3. Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated before travel is always important, but it's particularly vital when travelling with a baby as the trip will be their first experience of an unfamiliar environment. While standard vaccinations will provide a basic level of cover for you and your baby, tetanus and typhoid boosters are usually advised to provide an extra layer of protection.

In addition, it may be worth considering hepatitis A and B vaccinations, as these diseases can be spread through contaminated water and food, or via exposed cuts and scratches.

As always when dealing with vaccinations, the best course of action is to talk to your doctor, and ask them which options will provide the very best protection for you and your family.

4. Getting around

Getting around in Fiji with a baby is much easier if you have a few specific items close at hand. Baby Centre recommends bringing a baby sling or front carrier with you. Either of these will be comforting for your baby and make them feel safe, especially during flights or long bus rides. Additionally, slings and front carriers allow your hands to be kept free, so you can easily rummage around for passports and other important travel documents.

A push-chair is also something you will want to have handy. It might be difficult to imagine needing one in a place like Fiji where it seems the preferred pastime is lounging around on powder-soft beaches, but you'll likely end up using it every day. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of bringing your stroller on the plane, most resorts will have a supply available to rent. However, these can sometimes run out, so it's worth contacting your hotel directly to pre-book your push-chair.

5. Packing

Making a few smart choices when packing for your Fijian adventure can make all the difference to you and your baby. It might seem tough when you've only got so much suitcase space, but it's well worth including a few of their favourite toys or picture books for entertainment. Not only will these items help your baby feel more at home in a strange environment, they'll also make it far easier for you to give them something fun to play with if you need a few minutes to relax on the deck with that book you've been planning to read for months.

Another important part of packing is making sure that you've got any special medicines or products that you or your baby might need. For example, swimming gear or sunscreen for babies can be difficult to find in Fiji, so it's well worth purchasing them in advance and making sure you've got everything you should.

6. Picking a room

Living in Australia, your baby is probably already accustomed to hotter climates. That said, long rides in planes, cabs and buses can take their toll and Fiji's dense heat won't be doing a tired and cranky baby any favours. An air-conditioned room is important, as it provides an escape for both you and your child at the end of a long day lounging by the surf.

Booking a room with a cot is also a good idea if your baby / toddler already sleeps in one at home. This can be easily organised by getting in touch with your hotel in advance, which is far easier than having to ask on the day you arrive. Another top tip is to bring cot sheets from home, as familiar smells and fabrics can help your baby feel more secure in a strange environment.

7. Baby-friendly resorts and nannies

Finally, we can't end an article on taking a little one to Fiji without talking about the world renowned nannying services that you'll have access to. Fiji is well known for its welcoming atmosphere, but this is multiplied by ten when it comes to babies, with the local nannies experts in helping travelling infants feel happy and at home in a new environment.

These services can be lifesavers when you're on holiday, allowing you to leave your offspring with an experienced nanny and sneak off to enjoy a seaside dinner or romantic walk on the beach with your partner. Best of all, Fijian nannying services are very affordable, meaning you won't have to break the bank to get a little bit of alone time.

Picking a baby-friendly resort will also make the experience more enjoyable for your child, with many Fijian resorts offering activities specifically catered towards little ones, as well as food options that they'll be able to enjoy, and you won't have to worry about.

Ultimately, the most important aspect of taking a holiday with your little one is spending time together as a family. Fiji is blessed with so many gorgeous locations and wonderful things to do, so make sure to bring along a camera and document the whole experience. After all, you'll need some cute photos for their 21st!

To find out more about planning the perfect holiday with a new baby, contact the team at Hoot Holidays today.