So now that you've made it to your final destination, we thought we would offer a few small suggestions about how best to cope with the minor day-to-day changes...
1. Night light - you may well be experiencing longer evenings and beautiful 9pm sunsets (along with extra early sunrises), but don't get too comfy until you've figured out how much light your room lets in! Most hotels have thick black out curtains, but villas/holiday rentals might not. So whether you hang a big beach towel over the window or close the outside shutters, our advice is to black that room out asap, so your babe can drift into a deep sleep and you can drink rose until the sun comes up (slash 10.30, because you're a parent and you need your sleep more than they do!)
2. Cream up - not many of us actually enjoying the sun cream palaver that comes hand in hand with a sunny holiday, but its a must and so we do it.. However, try explaining that to a 2 year old! Our top tip when it comes to cream, is get it on first thing! This works 2 fold. Firstly, applying cream in a cool, sand-free, air conditioned room with few distractions is far easier than poolside when everyone else is splashing around and your little one is hot and flustered! You'll guarantee to do a much better job of covering all the nooks and crannies, and probably with far fewer tears! Secondly, suncream doesn't offer instant protection, especially if you are about to jump in the pool, so a pre-breakfast application gives it time to work it's magic, before being thrust under the rays!
3. Bring toys - you might be happy basking in the sun all day, but your babe won't be, and shouldn't be! So while holidays are a welcome break from day-to-day life, don't forget that smaller people might need a little more than just a lounger and a good book to stay entertained! That said, a change of scenery and routine is a great way to break habits, so what we definitely aren't suggesting is to place your child in front of Peppa for the full 7 days - holidays are a wonderful way for children all of ages (and adults too!) to disconnect from the instant gratification of normal life, and reconnect with ourselves, each other and nature! So while a bucket and spade might enhance their experience, you don't need to hit up Toys'R'Us - its all about balance!