Travelling even short distances with babies and young children can be a logistal nightmare. From high chairs, to cots, sterilisers and nappies, the packing list can seem endless. Add to that, concern about how your child will react to a new environment and change of routine, and a family holiday can sometimes seem more stressful than it's worth. But fear not, Woolley Grange offers a relaxing solution to smooth parents' furrowed brows.
We knew that travelling with baby could be stressful but until we recently carried out some detailed research, we didn't realise quite HOW stressful!
Earlier this year, Luxury Family Hotels (with the help of NappyValleyNet) carried out an online survey with young parents. The results indicated that 70% of parents, when considering going away with their baby for the first time, were concerned about having 'too much stuff to take with us' and almost half were worried they'd forget something vital. Many were also worried about disrupting baby's routine (48%), being too tired to enjoy themselves (44%) and embarrassment or fear of annoying others if baby didn't stop crying (39%).
As a family friendly hotel, we felt that we just had to do something to reassure these nervous parents. The solution? A review of our total offering and a special baby friendly break.
Our baby friendly offering
Those of you who know Luxury Family Hotels and Woolley Grange in particular, will already realise that here families come first. All of our staff have to pass the child (and dog) friendly test before recruitment and most of them simply adore babies.
We offer complimentary bottle washing, sterilising and milk warming, and for toddlers, we provide warm milk on request. We also provide complimentary baby listening...so date nights are no longer a thing of the past; or you can hire an experienced babysitter if you prefer.
All the baby equipment you need is provided in your room (we check your requirements with you before you arrive) and our family friendly restaurant is equipped with high chairs, bibs, baby cutlery, baby puree menus and toddler menus. Babies are positively welcomed in our family friendly restaurant, so pleased don't worry if yours is a bit gripey! Adults who want a quiet meal can eat later in our adults-only main dining room.
Woolley Grange is blessed with 14 acres of beautiful grounds to soothe parents and babies alike. The Woolley Bear's Den, our OFSTED registered creche, provides a welcome respite to parents, who can benefit from 2 hours complimentary childcare with our lovely team of qualified nannies and even, on specific days, enjoy our breakfast lie-in service.
Following our recent research, we have extended our Baby Shop to include nappies of all sizes, baby wipes, baby milk formula, baby sun cream, nappy cream, Calpol, baby comforters and takeaway baby food (for a day out or the journey back). If there's something you need that we don't stock, we can usually manage to procure it fairly quickly.
Baby's First Stay Away break
To specifically address the needs of parents bringing their baby away for the first time, we have also launched a special baby friendly break. This break is available outside of the main school holidays, when the hotel can provide a more peaceful environment for young families.
The break includes a Baby's First Swim lesson in our clean, oh-so-warm pool, with a qualified baby swim instructor from professional swimming school, Puddle Ducks; a lie-in service, whereby our nannies will pick your baby up from your room at 8am, allowing you a much needed lie-in, and a 2 course candlelit dinner on each night, complete with our baby listening service, so you can really relax.