Ireland with a Baby or Toddler

You will need a car seat if you are travelling by car in Ireland. If you are renting a car you can pre book a car seat. If you decide to bring your own car seat you will probably be able to take it on the plane free of charge. See our Airline Policies Section for further information.

When travelling in Ireland a good  stroller and a baby carrier would be ideal. In most towns and cities you will find good quality footpaths (sidewalks) however when visiting historical sights you will find uneven surfaces, steps and some dangerous drops and you will need to use a baby carrier here, or for older toddlers a harness would be useful, particularly when visiting some of the castles and old fortresses to keep them safe from falling particularly when exploring the upper floors of these buildings.

Ireland is known for its beautiful green fields and stunning scenery. A lot of this is thanks to the amount of rain the country gets. It can rain at any time and during any season. Even if it looks like a sunny day it is always safer to have a rain cover for your stroller when out and a about in Ireland. Older toddlers should have a good rain coat also and maybe some wellington boots if you will be exploring the countryside. During the summer and even at other times of year the sun can be quite bright so make sure you have sun block. The sun also tends to be quite low so make sure that you bring a parasol or buggy shade to keep the sun out of little one’s eyes when outdoors.

For more tips of the best travel strollers and slings click here. Remember, you will be able to buy all you need in Ireland in case you forget anything!

Using Hotel Babysitting Services – Using a babysitter abroad is not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in Ireland will offer babysitting services with experienced babysitters. For information on using babysitting services when abroad and a checklist of questions to ask a babysitter click here.