We have mentioned that safety and health conditions were two very important points to consider when selecting a destination with a baby or young children. Climate and altitude are also two other criteria to keep in mind.
There is a great number of tropical countries which have dry and wet seasons (by wet I mean pouring rain sometimes!). Therefore before booking your airplane tickets, check out the season if you don’t want to experience the monsoon with baby.
The same can be said about extreme weather (either very hot or very cold). Unless you’re planning to stay the whole time in your hotel room?!
Further point – as you know, you should avoid being exposed too much to sunlight between noon and 4pm (same applies even more to kids). This is very true in most European countries and some part of North America but not so true in countries closer to the equator… Exposing the youngest kids to sunlight at 11am in Malaysia will never be a smart idea. In any case, make sure to slather them on sunblock, to make them wear a t-shirt and a cap or a hat.
A quick search on any search engine such as: “climate+country+month during which you want to go” should give you all the necessary information to choose your dream destination.
If you go to the mountains, you must not go above a certain altitude depending on the age of your child. The oxygen reduction high up in the mountains may have serious consequences for babies and young children.
As a general rule, it is safe to go up to:
- 1200 meters of altitude for children under 1 year-of-age
- 1800 meters between 1 and 2 years old
- 2500 meters between 2 and 5 years old
- 3000 meters between 5 and 10 years old
By age 10, children have the same resistance to altitude than adults.
You can also read more on children and altitude on the Wilderness Medical Society website: Children at high altitude