Car seats are mandatory in cars in Turkey, even in taxis so either take your own, book one with your car rental agency or pre arrange a taxi with a car seat on arrival from one of the companies mentioned above (see Getting There). Many hotels provide shuttles which have a complimentary car seat.
Slings & Strollers
Ideally you will have both a stroller and sling (baby carrier) with you on your trip and be aware that Turkish footpaths/ sidewalks can be of very poor quality. A sling is also very useful for sightseeing as many of the famous sights such as ephesus and pamukkale have uneven surfaces and steps which make it difficult to use a stroller. It would be advisable to bring a lightweight sling if possible to prevent your baby from overheating. For information on lightweight slings and strollers click here. It is always handy to have a stroller with you when taking a stroll or going for dinner in the evening so that your baby can sleep while you eat. Remember to bring a shade or parasol and maybe a small fan to attach to the stroller to keep your baby safe from the sun and heat. You can also get stroller covers which blackout the stroller and help your baby to sleep better, these doubles as mosquito nets to keep your child from being bitten while out and about.
You should bring a light 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. A blanket might also be useful for the plane. Cots vary in standard in hotels however most 4 and 5 star hotels will either have Western style travel cots or comfortable wooden cots. For further tips on helping your baby to sleep while travelling click here.
Light clothing is essential and it is handy to have a combination of vests, full baby grows and other light clothes. If there are mosquitos where you are going you may wish to cover your baby’s arms, legs and feet in the evenings prevent bites. A light cardigan or hoody would be useful for the evenings as some parts of Thailand can be cool at night especially in the winter months. The air conditioning tends to be turned up high in most hotels and restaurants also so make sure you carry something to keep your baby warm when you go indoors. A hat is also a must to protect your child from the sun and if your child will be in the water, UV protective swimwear which covers arms and legs are fantastic for preventing sunburn.
Using Hotel Babysitting Services in Turkey
Using a babysitter abroad would not be for everyone but it is your decision. Most good hotels in Turkey will offer babysitting services with experienced babysitters. If you decide to use these services it would be advisable to ask the hotel as much as possible about the babysitter. Police vetting is not carried out in Turkey and most babysitters are mothers themselves but may not be professionally qualified in childcare or trained in first aid. If you are going out at night, ask to meet the babysitter earlier in the day and introduce them to your child. Ask them about their experience and make sure they are qualified to mind your little one. For information on using babysitting services when abroad and a checklist of questions to ask a babysitter click here.