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Bali & Lombok Vacations
Traveling With Family & Kids
Bali and Lombok offers travelers of all ages numerous and various
leisure activities to enjoy;
Bali is also a perfect place to take your kids. They'll love the natural
A Bali holiday for families begins and ends with suitable accommodation.
There are variety of Bali hotels, resorts and villas to choose from,
when planning your Bali holiday. Things to consider in selecting your
Bali accommodation for a family group are:
Location - try to choose a location that is popular and close to family
oriented attractions i.e. near the beach, shops, restaurants and
Pricing - does your accommodation choice offer discounts for children
under a certain age?
Facilities - make sure your accommodation choice is suitable for kids,
it has a children's pool, connecting doors, play ground etc. Some venues
are unsuitable for family groups.
Transport - when you travel with a family in Bali, it will be much more
convenient if you use private transport. Check with your travel agent
venue if they provide private transport as part of the holiday package.
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
Just about every attraction on the island is children friendly - which
makes Bali an ideal destination for parents as well. Children's
attractions in Bali vary from surf, sand and beach activities; cultural
activities such as dancing, temple visits, and traditional Balinese life
style experiences; adventure activities such as rafting, cycling, bungee
jumping and elephant rides; and theme parks such as Bali Bird Park,
Water boom, Butterfly Park, etc.
TRAVELING WITH BABY/INFANTS
Traveling with babies can be a surprisingly delightful experience, as
long as our fulfillment of their basic needs is kept pretty much on
schedule… their schedule.
Babies aren't as fragile as parents sometimes fear. It’s most likely
that your baby enjoys the trip. Babies often find flying soothing and
usually fall asleep listening to the hum of the engines, which by the
way, disguises the sound of a baby crying very well.
By three months your baby is a pretty good candidate for flying. It
isn’t a good idea to bring your baby for air travel before this age. In
the first week, the baby’s heart and respiratory systems couldn’t cope
well enough with the reduced level of oxygen during the flight and at
the age of two months, your child would still be susceptible to
infection and should avoid all crowds, especially in a closed
environment, such as the airplane cabin. The best part is that a three
month old baby also can't run around.
There is no evidence that flying is unsafe for babies, if they are
healthy. If you fly with your baby on either long or short flights, you
should follow these guidelines:
Pack well in advance and check that you have all necessary documents.
Children are sensitive to parental anxiety. Minimize your baby’s stress
by reducing yours.
Prepare a bag for your baby for use on the flight and include favorite
foods, snacks, toys, diapers, wipes and so forth. Drinks and food, take
more than you think you'll need for emergencies and the inevitable
If you are breastfeeding drink plenty of water whilst flying. .
Some of the Airline Companies cater for small children’s needs. You can
check this out when you are booking and can pre-order special food for
IN FLIGHT ADVICE
Feed baby both during take off and upon landing. Swallowing encourages
baby’s ears to clear ‘air blocks’. Also make sure your baby takes
appropriate feeds and doesn’t become dehydrated.
Keep your baby cool. Remove hats and extra clothing. When you check your
baby, if he or she is sweating or the tummy feels hot to the touch, take
off some clothing. Don't worry if the baby's hands or feet feel cool,
this is normal. Place your baby on their back to sleep.
Some experts advise to give baby massages, usually two or three days,
before and after flying. Massage before flying helps the baby to be more
relaxed, in hope for a smooth flight and massage after flying helps the
baby cope with jet lag, or other differences at the destination. Anyway,
as long as there’s no contraindication for massaging the baby, such as
muscle or bone disorders (fracture, dislocation, or ask your doctor for
more information), massages won’t harm your baby if done gently.
Baby Massage Technique
Use natural oil like organic sunflower or olive. Make sure your hands
glide easily and for the best results use a firm touch. Pull baby's leg
through your palms and fingers, hand over hand, from the thigh to foot,
repeat three or four times. Give your baby's leg a gentle shake. Now do
the same with the other leg
Then massage both legs together. Place your hands on the inside thighs
and pull downwards around the back of the thighs, down the back of the
knees, calves and feet. Repeat three or four times.
Now stroke firmly two or three times down the front of the legs.
This will help relax your baby’s legs and feet and stimulate their
circulation. The baby’s hands feet and head are the coldest parts of
their body until their circulatory system is fully developed.
Lay the weight of your open, relaxed hand on baby's tummy and, without
pressing but rather using the relaxed weight, your hand, massage their
tummy clockwise, the same direction as the baby's digestive system. Now
lay your relaxed hand across your baby’s tummy and gently press from
side to side (not downwards) between the hips and the ribs. This
stimulates the large and small intestine and will help to relieve wind,
colic fractiousness, and anxiety.
Place your hands on the centre of your baby's chest and massage upwards
and outwards, over the shoulders. Draw both arms down vertically through
the centre of your palms repeat a few times and give the arms a gentle
shake. This will relax your baby’s arms and shoulders and stimulate the
circulation of their arms and hands. Rest your hands on the front of
baby's shoulders and using their relaxed weight draw them downwards over
the chest, hips, legs and feet. Repeat three or four times before
turning your baby onto their tummy. Once on their tummy, if they can,
help your baby to bring their hands forward so they can rest on their
elbows. Now stroke firmly, using lots of oil, hand over hand several
times, down your baby’s back. With a relaxed open hand, stroke clockwise
several times around the base of the spine and buttocks. Now rest both
your hands on the back of your baby's shoulders and stroke downwards two
or three times over the back and down the legs to the feet.
Remember to place your baby on their back to sleep and on their belly to
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