Discover Turkey, home of children
Family and children are very important to Turkish people, and you will find that children are welcomed everywhere, which makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Children are very important to Turkish people, and children are welcomed everywhere in Turkey. In general, Turkish people and Turkey have a welcoming, relaxed approach to children and will go out of their way to be accommodating and helpful. As long as you are flexible you should have no problems.
Formula milk and nappies are easily available, although if you want a specific brand, then it is probably best to take it with you. It is not always easy to find baby food in jars, but restaurants and hotels are very accommodating and will usually be pleased to puree food for you. Again, if your child is used to a specific brand it may be better to take it with you. UHT milk is widely available in small cartons, with a straw, which is useful for toddlers and older children.
It is perfectly normal for even very young children to eat out in the evening with their parents. Many restaurants do provide high chairs, and those that don't seem to be very good at improvising.
Most hotels will provide cots if these are requested in advance. These can vary quite widely in standard, however, so it is a good idea to check in advance what type of cot is being provided and whether or not it is suitable for your child some have lower sides than those common in Europe, for example, so are fine for a baby but not suitable for a more mobile toddler.
Children's car seats are still seen as a luxury item in Turkey but most tour operators and car hire companies will be able to provide them for you on request. You should not, however, assume that this will automatically be the case. Many of the larger hotels have children's clubs and are able to arrange babysitting services. There are also some tour operators who provide these services.
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