Portugal with a Baby or Toddler

Cobbled town centres, castles, monuments and stepped alleys can be difficult for anyone with a baby or toddler and a stroller so you might consider bringing a sling with you as well as a stroller

A sling is very useful for sightseeing and for negotiating the metro stations in Lisbon.  It gets extremely hot in Portugal during the summer months so if you can bring a lightweight sling it will help keep your child cooler. For the resorts, you may not need a sling (although one can be handy at the airport) but a stroller is useful for getting around and most of the footpaths are stroller friendly. For tips on the best travel slings and strollers click here.

Sleeping Soundly

You might opt to bring a grow bag if your baby is used to them. The cots offered by hotels are generally travel cots with sheets and a small duvet or blanket on them. Remember to wash off any chemical based repellent before your child goes to bed. If there are mosquitos in your room then you can use a mosquito net over your child’s cot or over the bed that he or she is sleeping in. For Tips on sleeping soundly click here.

Insect Protection

Mosquito repellent, a mosquito patch and or a mosquito bracelet are necessary in certain parts of Portugal, especially if your baby is going to be out in the evenings. Mosquitos and other insects can bite even if they do not pose a malarial risk, particularly in the evenings. Many restaurants and markets are outdoors and the risk of being bitten is higher. Click here for further information on insect protection and how to deal with bites.

Sun Protection

Ensure that you bring sunblock for babies, 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. Older babies and toddlers should always wear sunblock when out during the day (Factor 30+).

Lightweight clothing is best however at night is advisable to cover your baby’s feet as mosquitoes may bite. UV protective swimwear with long sleeves will protect your baby 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 ones can be attached to your baby’s buggy. A UV protected small sun tent can be purchased for the beach.

For further information on protecting your baby from the sun, click here.

Travel Safety

Taxis in Portugal 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). For further information on travel safety abroad, click here.

Using Hotel Babysitting Services

Using a babysitter abroad would not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in Portugal 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.