If you’re moving abroad with children then you’ll probably be wondering what you need to take with you, what you can find in your destination country and how everything is going to work out. My wife has very kindly put together her top five products for moving abroad with children. These really helped us out a lot when we moved to Spain. That’s two posts in a week she’s put together for me. I’ll be out of a hobby soon.
Anyway, here’s the stuff she swears by.
Moving abroad is a huge challenge but when you’re taking a child/ children it can be even more daunting. It’s not like going on holiday, you don’t want to ‘make do’ with the bare essentials for long periods of time. After our move to Spain we quickly discovered that you can get hold of a variation of almost anything you would find at home, but it might take a bit (or sometimes a lot) longer to locate where to actually purchase things.
During the planning stages of our move abroad it was important to me to find products for my children that would work well when we arrived in Barcelona. So here’s my top five products for moving abroad with children…
A fantastic light weight, light coloured stroller with some excellent features for life in the sun. It’s light and easy to fold away which makes it great for travelling. Fully reclines for day trip snoozes. Has a brilliant hood that folds right down almost to the child’s feet creating a huge amount of UV protection. The light colour means that when left in the sun it doesn’t super heat, like some of the dark models. It really is a lovely stroller that’s a pleasure to push around!
Our daughter suffers with fairly sensitive skin and reacts to lots of the high street sun blocks. This one is the only one that doesn’t irritate her skin and as an added bonus it lasts ages! It’s actually a once a day sunblock (although I would always ere on the side of caution and reapply after swimming). The only negative point is you have to be careful to let it dry before getting dressed as it can stain white clothes.
Flying frequently with little people is hard work! I found the best way of dealing with it was to make it the biggest adventure possible. My daughter now loves flying which is brilliant. These little cases are the perfect size for a selection of toys to keep them amused, a small pillow and a teddy and blanket to snuggle up with something familiar. Trunki cases are also well within the size guidelines for carry on luggage and as a huge bonus are ride on toys too. They have a multi-purpose strap that converts easily from a long carry handle to a pull along strap. A huge hit at the airport and something for them to play or even just rest tired legs on in the inevitable airport queues.
In the Uk we are so used to walking into almost any restaurant and grabbing a highchair for our little people to dine in. Although the restaurants in many European countries are extremely child friendly I have discovered that they are severely lacking in children’s facilities, namely highchairs and changing areas. This little foldaway highchair is perfect; comfy, fits almost any chair and folds into a neat little lightweight bag that you can carry easily. Problem solved. Although you can’t change a nappy in it – now there’s a product idea!
Great for little people to learn the words for everyday items, the books are divided into categories like colours, household etc. the bit I loved was the small print under the words with the phonetic pronunciation so that I could actually say the word to my daughter correctly! For a non Spanish speaking parent this is absolutely brilliant. My daughter still loves these books back in the UK!
These are my top 5 products, I would love to hear some of your best buys and perhaps from those of you who have relocated to colder climates.