BABIES AND TODDLERS
With a certain amount of planning and realistic expectations, babies and toddlers are inexpensive to take on holiday! Until their second birthday they fly for nothing on a parent’s lap (and more often than not can be given a proper seat, except during take-off and landing), and their YSE holiday costs a mere £125 (please see below for full details).
Looking after small children is always a huge responsibility, of course, whether one’s own or someone else’s. Chalets, with their wooden staircases and stone fireplaces are frequently less child-friendly than one’s own home, and difficult to make entirely safe. Please ensure that you read the chalet descriptions very carefully. We cannot accept more than one baby if all the standard beds in the chalet are filled with adults/children. Full-time childcare is indispensable, whether from a parent, grandparent, au pair from home or nanny hired locally.
Small children probably won’t ski, even if dad is desperate for them to start preparing now for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though from about two and a half, bolder children might do a bit of gentle practice on the nursery slopes. They will probably enjoy a little tobogganing, which is the perfect introduction to skiing. Basically, small children will have a ball if there is someone with them to build snowmen, play indoors, ride around on the buses (free for everyone) and cable car (free for under 5s), etc. Val d’Isère’s skiing nursery, The Village des Enfants, looks after children from 18 months, and any number of nannies, most of them British, are available through several different nanny agencies.
Please see our Childcare page for a full list of childcare companies in Val d’Isère.
If you bring a buggy, it needs to have big wheels to get across snow (pushchairs are carried free of charge on our flight). Some of the nanny agencies can provide these when you book one of their nannies. But children are better off indoors: a walk with a buggy along the valley floor inevitably involves half with the child facing into the blinding sun and half with it looking the other way, normally north, into the wind. It is uncomfortable and dangerous. The locals never expose small children for long to freezing air or neat UV. Backpacks and papooses are great until you slip on the ice. And if you were thinking of carrying them on your back while you ski, DON’T! On the other hand, a nice warm chalet, a British nanny with arms full of toys and games, the occasional foray into the village or up the mountain, and your baby or toddler will be in seventh Heaven…
You must come out with proper sunglasses or goggles for your baby, and a very warm hat and gloves are essential. Factor 50 sun cream (even in December and January) needs to be put on every day.
Infants and toddlers under 2 years old: £125 (or £100 on 8 December and 19 April when there is only one flight and transfer), or £75 if not taking our flights or transfers, which includes the following:
– when applicable, travel on our YSE flight, sitting on an adult’s lap (where possible we will try and leave a seat empty next to the adult)
– a seat on the coach
– travel cot and quilt
– freshly-prepared puréed baby food, which we can discuss with you in advance
– high chair
– baby/toddler cups, plates, bowls and cutlery
– electric steriliser
– if you want to eat out on any evening other than the staff night off, your chalet staff will babysit until 22.00 free of charge
Please note we cannot supply stair-gates in any of our chalets.
Infant formula, nappies and jars/pouches for babies
The £125 we charge for babies and toddlers includes freshly-prepared puréed food. If you prefer, we can buy in formula or jars of baby food but you would have to pay your chalet staff back for those. We cannot get the same types of formula or jars of baby food that are available in the UK. If you are happy to try the French brands ‘Gallia’ formula and ‘Blédina by Danone’ baby food, we can buy these in for you, but if you want UK brands you will have to bring them with you.
If you want to use UK supplies but don’t want to carry the extra weight, guests in the past have used these UK companies who deliver to your chalet. The delivery costs vary enormously (£12.99 for a 30kg package with British Corner Shop, £108 for 10kg with Travel Tots), and you need to allow up to two weeks for delivery, but it’s useful if you are keen to have familiar UK brands.
British Corner Shop – https://www.britishcornershop.co.uk/baby-and-toddler
Travel Tots UK – https://www.traveltots.co.uk
Food for toddlers £30
If your infant/toddler under 2 is no longer eating puréed food and you would like us to provide child-friendly solids for him/her, please let us know.
Nappy pack £30
We can buy in Pampers nappies, nappy sacks and wipes. Tell us the size your require and we can purchase an initial pack and buy more during the week if required. Please bring your normal nappy rash cream as these are neither easily available nor cheap in France!