Other Travel Essentials
Ideally you should have a stroller and a sling with you on your trip. You might want to bring a smaller fold up stroller for older children however a more comfortable stroller is very handy in the evenings if your baby can sleep if you are out and about. Front carrier or slings are also a very useful for the airport and for sightseeing and negotiating busier areas and some of the nature reserves. If you can find a light weight sling it will keep your child cooler in the hot sun.
For information on the best slings and strollers for travel click here.
You should bring a grow bag if your baby is used to them. The cots offered by hotels are generally travel cots with sheets and a baby duvet or blanket on them. Cots vary in standard in hotels however most 4 and 5 star hotels will have good quality travel cots. If you are eating out or are just out and about and your child is tired, you could get a blackout stroller cover. Many of these will also have built in mosquito nets. You can buy travel black out blinds for your hotel room if your child wakes easily or is used to a pitch black room.
For tips on helping your baby to sleep while on holiday click here.
Taxis in the Canaries will have a seat belt in the back if you plan to bring your own car seat however this may be cumbersome and you can also arrange to hire a taxi with a car seat (See getting around). You can also rent car seats and equipment on the islands which will generally be delivered to you. See ‘Getting Around’ (above) For further information on travel safety click here.
Using Hotel Babysitting Services
Using a babysitter abroad would not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in the Canaries will offer babysitting services with experienced babysitters however they tend to be quite expensive. Some also have kids clubs although many of these will be for older toddlers and over 4s. For information on using babysitting services when abroad and a checklist of questions to ask a babysitter click here.