We loved Mauritius so much when we visited two years ago that we didn’t even hesitate to come back, even with two babies. The island is full of child-friendly hotels and villas to choose from and perfect for parents with young kids. Travelling with a baby on a plane is the trickiest bit but, if you’re not afraid of the flight, it’s so worth it when you arrive! Flying with our little ones wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined, as we chose to fly directly through the night and there was little in the way of time difference. Here are a few tips and advice we can share after our own experience…
There are other babies on the island
When you fly abroad, parent brains sometimes go into overdrive about all the things you need to pack. But, remember, there are other babies on the island. I anticipated the small inconveniences that can occur during a trip, such as packing enough medication, and checked if the same infant milk was sold locally before we left. But you can find everything you need in the local supermarkets and pharmacies, from diapers to different brands of milk, including Baby Bio. I’d say the products sold in Mauritian pharmacies are very similar to those sold in France.
Travel as light as possible
Choose a hotel with great baby facilities. The Attitude Hotels we stayed in were great for travelling parents, as we pre-ordered cots, high chairs, bottle warmers and other baby bits, so we didn’t have to lug everything with us while travelling. There was also a microwave and fridge in the family rooms we stayed in.
Book an aisle seat on the plane
You will definitely be getting up and down during the flight, so booking an aisle seat makes life so much easier. Alternatively, choose a seat with more legroom. It’s a great idea to tell the airline you are travelling with a baby, as many can offer a baby cot during the flight and help you choose a seat. If you can’t pre-book one, mention it at check-in and see what they can offer. The cabin crew are used to babies being on board and the airline we travelled with provided cots for babies up to 71cm and 8 months old, as a rough guide. Also, choosing a direct night flight was a great idea, so the babies could sleep as much as possible.
Feeding during take-off and landing
Remember, babies aren’t used to flying! The change in air pressure during take-off and landing can be uncomfortable for little ones. Try and find things that will distract them or that they can suck, such as giving them a bottle or breastfeeding. I also packed small baby toys, teething rings and dummies to help with swallowing.
Car seat on transfers
We were able to take our pram, which is a travelling system with click-out baby seats. We could take the pram and both carriers on board the plane, free of charge (something which was valid for all flights and really useful to know!) The carrier conveniently doubled up as a car seat for our rental car, but you can always request a seat from your car rental company.