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Before You Decide
Know your child
Babies not yet on the move
Babies on the move
Near or far?
Hotels or self-catering?
Villas?
Childcare?
Know your child
Consider what stage they might be at when you're planning to go away. Some 10-month-olds can walk, others can't. Some babies are fearless, some are cautious. And so on... BabyGoes2 offers a comprehensive range of breaks to ensure that you can find a relaxing break whatever stage your child is at.
Babies not yet on the move
Parents with babies who are not yet on the move, have a wide range of options, from hotels, through cottages and villas, to camping, so most of the guide sections are relevant to you. What type of holiday do you prefer? Do you want everything on hand (hotel) or plenty of room and flexibility (self-catering). Choose your location and consider your wish list - close to town, beach, countryside or both? Short flight or long haul? Take a look at all the options - they might be easier or cheaper than you'd think! Do you want baby sitting as well as listening? Babygoes2's key will allow you see at a glance the facilities on offer.

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Babies on the move
If your child is crawling, toddling or walking, your priorities might include: no stairs or stairgates; shared pool; a playground; toys on site; organised activities; enclosed gardens or play areas; enclosed terraces or patios; walking distance of beach; close to town and shopping/medical facilities. These are all features which will almost certainly make your holiday more enjoyable and reduce any stress. Only you’ll know which ones are the most important for you and your family, but Babygoes2 offers details of properties/hotels with either all or a combination of some of these.
Near or far?
BabyGoes2 offers a range of options in this country and abroad, all of which have been selected with families in mind - from cottages in Devon and pampering breaks, to child-friendly house parties in Italy, and villas with nannies in the Caribbean. Leave yourself open to new destinations: the Caribbean for example can be surprisingly reasonable and offer a luxurious, relaxing holiday with flexible childcare. Consider the length of the journey too – staying within your own country can sound easier, but can quite often mean longer (and more static) travelling than a short flight abroad. Even a long flight can offer more distractions, so be open to all the options.

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Hotels or self-catering
Hotels might be your preferred option if you don't want to cook, clean or shop. BabyGoes2 has a worldwide selection of hotels - from Devon to the Maldives. All of those featured offer a relaxing break for adults as well as help with the babies or toddlers, from baby-listening through to activity clubs. While you'll have access to a range of facilities in hotels, you may have to compromise on space (unless you have a family room which might offer separate living areas with kitchens) and flexibility, so this is worth considering when selecting your break.

BabyGoes2 will also enable you to distinguish between hotels which offer childcare and are "family" oriented in that children are welcome more or less everywhere, and those places determined to retain their adult appeal, but which provide childcare as an additional service so parents can enjoy a relaxing break: this may mean adults-only dinners and/or children's pools and creches away from main areas.


Villas
With a villa you have plenty of space and flexibility, but you'll need to know that you have easy access to facilities: ie shops near by, chemists, doctors. Also, for those with toddlers, consider what there might be to do on rainy days. If it's very remote, what would you do in an emergency? Babygoes 2 recommends some excellent villa locations, some of which even come with private cooks, or form part of a villa-hotel, to add some hotel-style advantages.

Babygoes2 has a good selection of both traditional hotels and villas, as well as properties which offer something a little different - so it's worth taking a look at everything on offer before making a choice.

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Childcare
Babygoes2 features a variety of travel possibilities with a childcare element, from hotels with creches, to villas complete with nannies. Much as part of the fun of being holiday is spending stress-free quality time with your adorables, whether you have a babe in arms or an active toddler, you might like a few hours to just relax and be off-duty. It could be something as simple as a night's babysitting or a few hours with a nanny amusing your child right beside you. You might opt for a creche. All of our recommended locations have excellent, flexible childcare elements, which allow you plenty of time with your children, but also the chance to have some time to yourself. It can transform a holiday which is fun but exhausting into one which is both fun and relaxing for all of you.

For details of all childcare options, a table of where to find childcare for the under 3's and info on childcare worldwide, just go to our worldwide with childcare page.

Holidays without childcare

If you feel childcare is not an essential element of your holiday, then we’ve selected a vast array of worldwide,child-friendly options for you to peruse. If you've got a tiny baby you can take advantage of babylistening services to give yourself some time off. Alternatively, if you're travelling with friends, relatives or your own nanny from home, it's easy to split the childcare to get some time to yourself.

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