Tips for travelling to the Caribbean with a baby

Friday, February 06, 2009 3:08 PM | Claire (Administrator)

Are you planning to travel with your baby? Is so, let start at the beginning? You will need to get a passport for your little one. If you have not already done so, you can download an application form at , or go to your nearest passport office. 

First Aid Kit: One of the most important things you will need is your First Aid Kit, and it should include:

Pedialyte, in case of diarrhea and dehydration

Advil, or other pain/fever medication, whichever one your pediatrician recommends

Benadryl for allergies

Itch cream for insect bites

Thermometer – you will want to be able to do an accurate temperature check in the event your baby gets sick.

Proper medicine dropper, never estimate the amount of medication

If you use natural/homeopathic medicines, you can bring activated charcoal for relief of diarrhea for the whole family (check with your naturopath)

What to bring for a 7 day vacation in the sun J

Bathing suit, that’s a given, but to reduce sun exposure, you can bring full body bathing suits that provide UVA/UVB protection

Life Jacket, if you’ve given your baby swimming lessons and you plan to put your baby in the ocean you should put a life jacket on them.  You’re probably thinking why would I need a life jacket? I will be holding my baby… well let’s face it, accidents happen and if for some reason your toddler wiggled out of your hand, at least the life jacket will keep your baby above the water

UVA/UVB mosquito net and sun protection, it is HOT in Mexico, this screen is great for keeping the sun out of the face with the benefit of sun protection. When I was there a lot of moms asked me where I got it and which they had bought one.  I got mine at Wal-Mart, but they are sold at sears, Dearborn, the safety superstore.

Stroller, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to bring your stroller. At the airport you can bring it right to the door of the plane and the attendants will put it on the plane after you have boarded. While you are on your vacation, your baby will be able to sleep on the beach, while you lay on a sun bed, or just while you are walking around the resort.  My daughter slept a lot while we were in Mexico, I am glad I had the stroller with me, because she slept in the restaurant, at the beach, at the lobby bar… if I didn’t have my stroller I would have had to either hold her in my hand for two hours or I would have been confined to the room every time she wanted to sleep.

Extra Diapers,  Let’s face it, you are taking your baby to a different environment and no one can predict how they will react to the food, so I recommend you bring extra diapers in case they have extra bowel movements that normal.

Food from home, Bring a few days worth of food for your baby/toddler, your baby may not like the food, so it’s a good idea to have food that he/she would normally eat.   Check out the restaurants on arrival and plan your baby’s meals ahead of time.

Sunscreen, choose sunscreen that is low in chemicals such as “Earth’s Best” and “California baby “  brands

Get Medical Insurance – If for nothing other than peace of mind, you should definitely get medical insurance, if your child gets sick, you don’t want cost to be a factor in whether or not you call the doctor.

Remember this is your vacation, you are going to relax, so do some of these simple things ahead of time so that you don’t have too much to think about when you arrive.  Just relax and enjoy paradise!

For more information on travelling with a baby look for our new Travel Forum where moms can post reviews of the best places to travel with kids.

If you have any tips for travelling with a baby, please share.



  • Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:29 AM | Colleen
    Yes, travelling with a little one can be quite the challenge. We just returned from Cuba with Patty, who is only 7 months old. I managed to pack everything that Claire outlined, but we opted for a metal framed back pack instead of a stroller. Although convenient for walking on the beach, it became tiresome. In hindsight, should have brought the stroller as well.

    Along with the life jacket, I would also recommend a circular floaty for the pool. we found a 'ladybug' at Canadian Tire that inflated quickly and allowed Patty to sit much as if she was in her exer-saucer. She actually loved the feeling of independence in the pool.

    Most resorts have highchairs, but sometimes they are limited in quantity. We did not have a stroller, so I was glad to have brought a cloth sling-type harness, which seats a baby in a regular chair. She looked like she was in a parachute harness, but it did the trick (available at the Safety Super Store).

    One last thing that we took in addition to everything else, was a Pea Pod. Available at the Safety Super Store, it is like a mini tent that packs small, springs open (no assembly) and had a small inflatable mattress on the bottom. It allowed Patty to snooze at the pool and seaside alike, as well as provided protection from blowing sand and the sun. She now plays in it in her room and I am sure it will come in handy this summer.

    ALthough we were a little worried about travelling with a baby, we all had a great time. And one thing we did not plan on was the great service we received because we had a baby with us! I've never had such good service in restaurants - loving the attention, this was Patty's favourite part of the trip.

    One thing though, if you travel with the baby for free on your ticket (on your lap), you do not get any extra luggage allowance, except two 'baby pieces', such as a stroller or playpen. You are only allowed 2 pieces of luggage to a max of 44 lbs total for each ticket holder. We had to learn to pack light for ourselves - one bag for me, one for Patty, one for my husband and one for misc. stuff (i.e. a life jacket). For this trip, we left our snorkel gear at home.
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  • Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5:20 PM | Sugy
    Travelling with a baby is lots of fun. It's especially a great time to travel during mat leave because you have all the vacaton days you need. Even if your spouse doesn't have a lot of vacation time (b/c he probably took time off when the baby was born) that doesn't mean you can't travel on your own. Ie Visit a family member/friend living in another city/country, travel with another friend who is on mat leave, travel with your sibling and their family, etc. ..I think half the battle is being prepared and remembering that you are on don't stress too much. We've travelled with our little girl ever since was 4 months old (which I personally think is the easiest age b/c they are content to just eat and sleep! if you are Breatfeeding, it's even easier b/c then you don't have to worry about sterilizing or packing formula, etc.) We've flown to various places in Canada (to visit family), to Italy (backpacking) and to an all-inclusive in Mexico, all within her first 16 months. Each trip was a different style and therefore packing was very different. In general, my motto for packing is LESS is more...but an all-inclusive is a little different b/c you have the luxury of being stationed in one spot and not having to carry your own stuff. I went to an all-inclusive in Mexico without my husband and managed to fit everything into one medium-large size suitcase for my 16 month old and I. I also took an umbrella stroller (right to the gate) and a small carry-on backpack (mostly with her stuff for the plane). For an all-inclusive (in addition to the above), here are my best tips in no particular order:
    -diapers (yes bring enough for the whole week). my cousin actually vacuum sealed them which shrunk them down to a fraction of the size...genius!
    - bring a blow up pool floatie with sun shade if possible (your baby will love it and it gives you some hands-free time...with you always right next to him/her of course!). I actually snorkeled with her in it and in a life jacket.
    -a very wide-brim hat so it covers the back of baby's neck and shields their eyes
    -sunglasses if your baby will wear them (sun is hard on their eyes)
    - a water shirt for extra protection from the sun
    -a reclining stroller for naps and later than usual dinners/evening strolls
    -a large receiving blanket with laundry clips to "make it dark " in the stroller and encourage nap time on the go
    - stackable tossable sippy cups (easier to clean and you don't worry if they get lost) + tupperware to store snacks from the buffet
    -lots and lots of familiar non-perishable snacks (like cheerios, cookies, raisins, etc)
    -for older babes drinking homo milk, bring full-fat powdered milk (available at bulk barn) in case your little one doesn't like the local milk. I brought some just in case but never had to use it b/c my daughter had no issues whatsoever drinking the milk in Mexico
    -lots of ziplock bags/plastic bags for everything (wet bathing suits, snacks, etc)
    -baby soap (don't use the local stuff b/c it often contains lye which
    -antibacterial hand gel
    -a small fold-flat lunchbag-style insulated thermos bag (you can get them at the dollar store) + a very small ice pack. This will help keep your milk, and food for the plane trip and short day trips cool
    -small draw string bags...for various grouped items (like beach stuff, diaper stuff, extra clothes...that way you can just grab the mini-bag and it's easier than carrying around a large diaper bag
    -lighweight washable bib that dries quickly
    -lots of wipes (not just for diapers) but for grubby hands and faces, etc
    -water shoes if they are walking, esp at the beach and so they don't slip

    That's it for now. For a different sort of travel (ie travelling to multiples cities), I would pack completely differently, but that's another thread!

    Bon Voyage!

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