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holiday with baby guide to "France"
Destination France
Flight time from the UK 1 hour - 2 hours dependant on destination
Time difference GMT + 1 hour
Best time to visit May - early July, September - October
Reasons to holiday there
Each region in France is beautiful but different to the next. From the north, Normandy has fine sandy beaches but is yet bursting with history to Cote d'Azur one of the most stylish and fashionable holiday hot spots in the world.

With over 1,500 miles of coastline the Mediterranean sea lies to the South, Atlantic Ocean to the left and English Channel to the North. France has 4 climate zones. North, central and western France generally sees cold winters and hot summers. The south enjoys the Mediterranean climate of mild winters and hot summers. The Alps and Pyrenees experiences harsh winters and cool summers.

French cuisine is renowned worldwide and for those that have not experienced it, you will definitely not be disappointed. Many restaurants offer great value set menus.

A wide variety of accommodation is available from bed and breakfast, to villas/cottages and luxurious hotels. Some of the hotels may be able to suggest babysitters but it is advisable to meet them beforehand. A few of the family resorts may offer baby listening.
Ideas for things to do with babies/toddlers
Most French towns have playgrounds and swimming pools. Some larger resorts may have amusement games and fairground rides.
Nappy Brands Available Pampers, Huggies and supermarket own brands.
Formula Milk Brands Available Nestle, Guigoz and Lemiel. The latter has a sweeter taste.

Guigoz is the main ready-made formula available in France.

Pasteurised milk is not available everywhere so best to stock up when you see it on sale. Many shops only sell UHT.
Availability of Jars of Baby food Food jars are available in all supermarkets, predominantly Gerber and Nestle. Similar to neighbouring European countries but unlike the UK, France baby food contains salt and sugar.
Best method to get around France is made up by 22 regions and can be reached by bus, boat, train and car.

The French equivalent to motorway is autoroute where on the major ones, a toll may be payable. The A roads can often be easy to drive and less busy than the UK. Children under 10 cannot sit in the front passenger seat unless under 9 months and in a rear-facing child seat.

If you prefer not to drive, the motorail is a good but slightly more expensive (by approx. £200) alternative.
Things to watch out for Best to take a portable high chair or a set of restraints. Although many restaurants may have a high chair, they may not suitable for young children.

Breastfeeding in public places is uncommon.

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