Friday, January 25, 2013

Planning a Holiday with Toddlers

Our First Overseas Family Holiday - Singapore 2012
(Photo taken on Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands Resort with 20 month young twins)

We knew from the onset that this will not be a walk in the park. Holiday with toddlers! Relaxing? Certainly not. Fun? Yes in parts. Memorable? Certainly is.

Here's a small list of what worked for us:

Use the same accommodation
We chose Singapore because of familiairty and staying with my parents gives us the freedom to implement what we are used to and therefore, less disruption for the children. I am acutely aware that not every holiday will be like this and because it is our first holiday as a family, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

Replicate what they are used to at home
Our toddlers sleep in their respective cots and have meals in their high chairs. Therefore, we rented these items for the duration of our stay. Familiarity breeds content.

Stick with the Routine
All of us thrive on the routine, even my parents. Everyone knew what was going to happen and at what time.

It is limiting in some ways (for example, our kids had to be in bed by 7pm every night and trust me, we tried keeping them up one night and let's just say, we don't want to repeat that experience anytime soon) and rewarding in others (example, the husband and I went out for dates on our own every night or caught up with our friends without the distraction of the children when they were in bed).

Focus and Priority on the Twins
We plan for one outing per day, not several in a day.

Every 2 days of day outing, we would spend the 3rd day at home with my parents by going for a swim in the morning before retuning back to their place for lunch and very good quality nap for the children.

Well-rested children are happy children. Well-rested parents are happy parents too.

Pack lightly
For our day trips, we only had 1 backpack + 2 strollers + twins + us the parents. Keep your hands free because trust me, your hands are your best friends!

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