While I was pretty laid back about going to Greece with Jack for two weeks, in the last few days leading up to the flight I realised there are a ton of ‘responsible parent’ things we still needed to do! So, in a frantic last-minute panic, we pulled it together –
- Check they have the same formula you use! Luckily I my friend on Mykonos checked and low and behold, they didn’t have pre-6 month formula as all Greek women breastfeed for 6 months. Phew!
- Check they have your nappy size. Small sizes 1 and 2 are always hard to find. For wet wipes they only sold Pampers in bulk so we used a local brand which gave him a slight rash.
- Locate your nearest hospital and write down the name, address and phone number.
- Buy or make a baby first aid kit. I bought mine from Jojo Mamam Bebe (£16) and it has all the essentials
- Check the hotel has a kettle. For whatever reason, Greek hotels don’t have kettles in their rooms. So we had to buy one to boil water for his bottles.
- If you don’t have access to a microwave (we didn’t) you need Milton sterile tablets and container. To be honest, a total pain in the ass, the container only holds one bottle at a time, they need 30 minutes to be sterile and you need at least 3 bottles for a half day out. It drove me nuts. I ended up using the basin to get more done in one go (after sterilising the sink and plug)
- Sunscreen if you are going somewhere hot. Baby skin shouldn’t be in direct sunlight until after 6 months and even then, not for long and certainly not at noon. I used Soltan Baby Hypoallergenic (£4 Boots)
- Swimming kit – swim nappies and clothing that provides coverage including a hat with neck and ear flaps. Jack looked like a little ninja baby but it was worth it!
One more tip – check the destination is child-friendly. This is often a cultural thing. Greece is EXTREMELY obsessed with babies! The locals give them so much attention it is lovely. Old grannies stop in the street to tell you ‘Bravo!’ And as Jack has blue eyes they exclaim ‘like the baby from the TV adverts!’ 🙂