Ensure that you bring sunblock for babies older than 6 months and for toddlers (Factor 30 +). Many brands of sun block cannot be used on babies under the age of 6 months and therefore it is important to ensure that their skin is protected by keeping them away from direct sunlight and using UV protected clothing
Update: Garnier Ambre Solaire has now produced a sunblock for babies in the shade which is available at Tesco and is suitable for use on younger babies however, even with this on they should still be kept in the shade or in a UV sun tent as their skin is highly sensitive.
It is better to buy swimwear with long sleeves as this will protect your baby from the sun while in the water. Make sure that you also bring a sun hat for your baby as their heads can burn very quickly. A parasol will assist in keeping the sun off your baby’s skin and certain brands can be attached to your baby’s stroller or pram. You can also buy a stroller shade which provides more coverage and protection. Remember to use sun umbrellas at the beach and by the pool if they are available and to encourage toddlers to play in the shade (if possible). A UV protected small sun tent can be purchased for babies to sit or lie in on the beach.
Mosquitos on the island of Majorca do not carry malaria but a bite can cause an unpleasant reaction. Seek medical advice if an insect bite causes swelling, bruising or persistent pain. Mosquito repellent, a mosquito patch or mosquito bracelet and a mosquito net are a must in Majorca, especially if your baby is going to be out in the evenings. Many restaurants and markets are outdoors and the risk of being bitten is higher.
Taxis in Majorca 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 ‘About’).
Hotel Baby Sitting Services
Using a babysitter abroad would not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in Majorca will offer babysitting services with experienced babysitters however they tend to be quite expensive. For information on using babysitting services when abroad and a checklist of questions to ask a babysitter click here.
A good first aid kit is essential for any trip abroad. Click here for advice on first aid and how to treat minor injuries, burns and bites yourself.
If travelling from the UK and Ireland you should ensure that you and each family member travelling has either the European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance. Irish residents can apply for the card at http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/EHIC/ and UK residents can apply at www.gov.uk . This card allows you to get any health care covered by the public health system in Majorca. If you have previously applied for a card make sure that it is in date before you travel. Travel insurance should be taken out if you are covered by private healthcare however check your policy as it may offer you some cover while overseas.
The European Emergency number is 112 where you will get English speaking operators who can direct your call to the appropriate emergency response services.
Most pharmacists speak English well and if your child is unwell they may be able to direct you to a doctor or hospital.
Contact your consular service or embassy if you have been a victim of crime, arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, if you or anyone in your family has a serious illness, experience the unexpected death of a partner or spouse and for help with repatriation after a crisis. Consular offices also provide help in the case of a lost or stolen passport.