10 useful things to know before travelling to spain with your baby
What a wonderful place Spain is to travel to with your baby and children. With its great beaches, wonderful food and warm welcoming people, you surely have everything there that you could wish for on holiday. But what do you need to know before you and baby go there? Here are BabyAbroad’s ten most useful snippets of information to help you best prepare for and enjoy your holiday.
1. Pampers are called Dodots in Spain.Both Huggies and Pampers, sorry, Dodots, are available in most supermarkets. So there is no need to stuff your suitcase with 2 weeks supply. Wipes are plentiful, but nappy sacks are a rare commodity.
2. Baby formula milk can be over twice the price of English milkCow & Gate and Aptamil are available in some Spanish supermarkets, but under other brand names and at a higher cost than in the UK. In Spain, the main brands are Nestle Nidina and Hero which you can buy in supermarkets and pharmacies.
3. Try TapasTapas (or raciones) are little portions of food for sharing. Young children will love participating in this most social of meals and it gives them chance to try a wide range of foods. Great tapas for children include habitas (beans), tortilla (spanish potato omelette) and croquetas. Many young children will happily tuck into more unusual foods such as chopitos (baby squid), morcilla (spanish black pudding made with rice) and cazon (marinated shark ).
4. Some mineral waters are specifically suitable for babies.It is best to use bottled mineral water in general as in some areas of Spain, particularly on the coast, water is very high in Calcium and not suitable for drinking. Those suitable for babies are low in ‘sodio’ and some of these have pictures of babies on the labels so are easy for you to recognise.
5. Spanish mums use Apiretal (paracetamol) and Dalsey (ibuprofen) when their babies aren’t well.Calpol isn’t widely available so you could pack some 5ml sachets which are great for travel. If you need medicines on holiday, head to a pharmacy as supermarkets don’t sell medicines.
6. Be prepared to change your baby in his or her pushchairWithout a doubt the Spanish love children and yours will probably get plenty of attention. Unfortunately facilities are sometimes lacking and some restaurants don’t have high chairs or change facilities. Be prepared and take along an easy to pack travel chair.
7. Seasonal fruit and veg is excellentYou can find great tasting Spanish grown produce in the markets to make up baby purees or for snacks for younger children. Fruits such as strawberries, melons and nectarines are particular good depending on the time of year you visit.
8. Children stay up late in SpainChildren in Spain generally have a long 3 month summer holiday and during that time many stay up until 10 or 11 at night. This does mean you can happily take a little one out for dinner of an evening if you so choose and no one will bat an eyelid. Note that in tourist areas, you should be able to get served dinner from 6ish, but elsewhere, some restaurants don’t open until 8.30 or 9ish.
9. You need an EHIC card and (normally) passport to take your children to a doctor in Spain.Apply for your EHIC card online for each family member before you go. Download our doctor visit translation form incase you do need to take your baby to the doctors when you’re on holiday in Spain
10. Car seat regulationsCar seat regulations in Spain are similar to those in England. Children under 12 years and under 135cms must be sat in an appropriate car seat in the rear of the car. Children can travel without a seat in taxis, though some local restrictions may apply.
With a little insight into what to expect, we hope that you can now relax and enjoy all that Spain has to offer you and your baby and children. Visit BabyAbroad for more information on traveling with your baby to Spain.