Travelling to Turkey with a Baby or Young Child

Travelling to Turkey with a Baby or Young ChildIf travelling to Turkey with a baby or young child first time with a baby or toddler you are probably thinking about the essentials and things you need to know about travelling with your child to Turkey.

First things first, if you are flying with your toddler to Turkey in a commercial flight, you might just need to keep in mind several things. Do not overpack as checking in luggage with commercial airlines can often be more drama than its worth. Pack as much snacks as you can. Even though commercial airlines have attempted to improve their in-flight meals, they are never really satisfying. Flying with children in a congested space can make them prone to more temper tantrums. Expect that you might get an eye from fellow passengers during the flight. However, to skip through these stresses, you can look for alternative methods of air travel, like hiring a private charter. Charter companies like Jettly can be useful here and can help you organize your air travel smoothly, free from any inconvenience.

Don’t worry about the environment and culture. Turkish people love kids. Most Turks come from large families, and family is important here in Turkey. You can always be assured of a warm welcome with your child, wherever you go and they will always do their best to help you out and make sure you and your family have a great time.

Don’t panic and think you have to pack enough nappies and baby food and essentials to cover your holiday. With the weight limits on luggage you want to save what space you have for clothes and other essentials you may wish to bring.

You will find a good range of nappies here in Turkey, along with Turkish brands you will find Pampers and Huggies. They start around 24 lira about £10/$11 for about 62/72 in a pack. The best Turkish brand for nappies in my opinion is Molfix which are a little cheaper but only by a couple of lira.

You will also find a good range of baby formula, Aptamil is the main name brand here again starting around 22 lira for a pack. The Turkish brands are Hero Baby by Ãœlker, Bebelac and Ãœlker all good brands and again slightly cheaper than the Aptamil. You can also get follow on formula and junior milk.

There is a good variety of jarred Baby food, I like the brand Organic, but they are all very similar and they are same as what you would get in the UK/US. Baby food in jars starts around 2.50 lira.

You will also find a good range of baby rice and wholemeal options of baby rice, oatbran baby rice s called Yulafl?. Baby rice depending where you buy it starts at 5 lira up to about 11 lira.

You can also get rusks and baby biscuits here and other food options like yoghurt and of course the markets offer great fresh fruits and vegetables if you wish you make your own food for your child while here.

All these are available at the local supermarkets, Migros, Tansas, Kippa (Tesco) and Carrefour. You will also find a selection of Baby foods, nappies etc at the local convenience store though at a cost. If you are heading off the beaten track, you should stock up before you go.

Most restaurants in the Tourist areas will offer a child menu or prepare something for your child on request.

A few things to think about before your travel with your child

Make sure to keep your child hydrated it gets very hot here in Turkey. Children dehydrate a lot quicker than we do and may not request liquids as often as they require. So keep them hydrated with bottle water, milk and juice. Do not use the tap water here in Turkey!

A dip in the baby pool or cool baths will also help your baby stay cool in the hot weather.

Make sure your child is covered on your travel insurance or you have separate travel insurance for you child. staveley head offer reasonsably priced family travel insurance which covers up to £15 million in medical expenses. Healthcare in Turkey is not free and you could be looking a huge bill if something goes wrong. Small issues such as cuts or colds etc are reasonably inexpensive at the local hospital or doctors and medicine here will not break the bank if needed. But please make sure you have travel insurance for all the family before travelling.

Practise safe Sun, make sure to use a high factor Childs Sun cream, pack long t-shirts and sunhats for your child to wear while in the sun and if possible use clothes with UV protection. Try and stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day normally from about noon to 2pm, have a little siesta during this time or do an indoor activity like visiting a museum.

Sun is healthy for your child as vitamin D is important for bone strength but make sure not to allow your child’s skin to burn. In small children sunburn is extremely sore and can cause your child to dehydrate quickly and you don’t want a trip to the hospital!

Pool and Water safety. Make sure to be with your child anywhere there is water the sea or pool and don’t let them wander off, it’s easy to relax when on holiday and accidents are quick to happen. Having a pool or the sea nearby is a great opportunity to teach your child how to swim and about safety around water. Do be sure to have the necessary first aid training (like that offered by Coast2Coast First Aid & Aquatics in London) and be prepared in case your child isn’t such an experienced swimmer, or any other dangers occur.

I hope this guide on Travelling to Turkey with a Baby or Young Child has help and I hope you have a wonderful holiday in Turkey and if you have any tips for Mums travelling to Turkey please leave a comment below.

For more on holidaying in Turkey read my Essential Guide to Holidaying in Turkey

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  1. 29th March 2012

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  8. 17th May 2012

    Flavia Maciel Reply

    Hi! I’m from Brasil and I have a blog about trips with babies and kids around the world. Your cinements are fantastic for the mom’s. I will share in my fan page in Facebook, but is in portuguese! Thanks for yours comments it will help a lot of parents!

    • 18th May 2012

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Hi Flavia

      Thank you very much for sharing my article. I hope your readers will find it helpful.


  9. 3rd June 2012

    source Reply

    An cool post there mate . Cheers for posting !

  10. 10th July 2012

    Turkey's For Life Reply

    Great post, Kerry. We’re not parents but we have friends coming out with kids of various ages all the time and the parents worry, naturally. I’d just like to add, for anyone reading this, that we had friends arriving recently who needed a baby seat for a hire car from the airport. They heard lots of scare stories that baby seats weren’t available in Turkey. If anyone is worried, you CAN hire a car with baby seat – we did it! 🙂

  11. 11th July 2012

    Kristy Reply

    Looking forward to our trip in two weeks to Turkey, and while the kids a bit bigger, still good advise on the hydration and sunscreen 🙂

  12. 8th January 2015

    Alina Reply


    Is this forum still active? I have an urgent question formula in Turkey and hoping someone reads this soon and has a ready answer, or could redirect my question elsewhere.
    I’m relocating to Turkey with my son who only accepts Nestle Nan 3 HYPOALLERGENIC. Is it available and where can I buy plenty in Istanbul/Ankara before I head south, where I’ll be living for sometime?

    Many thanks in advance,

    • 9th January 2015

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Hi Alina

      I haven’t seen the milk you are looking for on sale. It’s not to say it isn’t but certainly not widely available, the do have Nestle in Turkey and it my be worth contacting Nestle Turkyie direct. They do have there SMA brand available here. Aptimil and Bebelac are the most popular brands here. Hipp is another brand you get which is completely organic and one which is called Golden Goat, which is goats milk, not widely available but can be bought in Kippa (tesco) or online which you could maybe consider, depending of course on your baby’s needs.

      My son wouldn’t take Baby milk, he point blank refused and so it made getting him onto a bottle very hard. I contacted a friend who is a Nurse and she spoke to the doctors at the hospital for me and they said it would be ok for him to take the UHT milk we get here in Turkey. It may be an option depending of course on your son’s age and needs.

      Not sure if there are any restrictions on posting baby milk but it is also another option.

      Good Luck


      • 9th January 2015

        Alina Reply

        Dear Kerry,

        Thank you very much!

        I’ve done some research following your email and found that Milupa Aptamil makes Aptamil 3 HA (hypoallergenic) follow on milk for toddlers aged 10 months to 3 years. This could be a good substiture for us, my son is 2. But I looked everywhere I could on Turkish websites and couldn’t find any mention of it. Have you ever seen it by any chance in large supermarkets/pharmacies?

        Unfortunately, my son can’t have regular milk due to his allergy. Hydrolyzed formula (as in Nan 3 HA and Aptamil 3 HA) is our only option.

        Thank you in advance for your insights and any other ideas you might have.

        Where in Turkey do you live? We are going to be based in Gaziantep.

        Best wishes,

        • 12th January 2015

          Kerry Arslan Reply

          Hi Alina

          I have done a bit of asking around and this is what came up. A lady who’s grandchild has allergies her daughter got a letter from the doctor in the UK and then a prescription for the milk and brought a suitcase of the milk over, you can do this because its considered medical baggage and this makes the extra case free! This should see you till you get settled. Then you will need to order from the Chemist, which should be covered with your health insurance or certainly your husbands. But watch as in the past when we have had to get medicine for my little boy they charged us full. The milk is certainly not available in the supermarkets. Maybe if you have family in Gaziantep you can get someone to go into the chemist and check for you and get the price so you know what you are dealing with. I will let you know if I get any more info or I spot it when in the shops xx

        • 12th January 2015

          Kerry Arslan Reply

          Alina if you are on facebook, please join this group, this is where I have the discussion about the milk there is another suggestion for milk and I think it would be good for you to be in touch with other Mum’s who have the same allergies issues with their kids xx

          • 12th January 2015


            Dear Kerry,

            Thank you so much! This is all very very helpful.

            I closed my facebook account as I never had the time to use it but I’ll definitely sign up with my husband’s account. I’m very nervous about our moving with our son and would be gratefull for any other advice/tips (not only milk).

            We are flying in 2 weeks from now. If you spot Aptamil 3 HA anywhere please drop me a line.

            I don’t know how to thank you… But thanks very much, really!

          • 12th January 2015

            Kerry Arslan

            Hi Alina

            It would be better if you could maybe open an account, as we tend not to let male Turks on the group being that we like to keep it private for those who need it, if you understand. I would actually make it one of my tips, is to have facebook, its a great way to keep in touch with friends and family back home and to connect with girls around Turkey where you can get support. There is a few girls with similar issues with milk that would be great connections for you here if you could open an account.

            There is so much, you are headed to a fair no expat area and close to the border, so it won’t be easy. Get your Turkish up to speed if you don’t already speak Turkish that will be a great advantage. Certainly try and see if you can meet other expats in the area, there are one or two your way. But also get to know your neighbours, they will be invaluable for help at times, thats what I have found. Keep an open mind and don’t compare life with the UK you will only drive yourself insane. The internet is a great way to keep sane as well, lets you feel less disconnected and help keeps the home sickness at bay.

            Good luck and message me anytime, if you contact me privately using the contact me, we can chat via email any time x


  13. 30th May 2015

    ben Reply

    My lil girl is 20months old and we are going to turkey next weekend. Am i allowed to take a selection on baby foods with me from the UK? Will it be allowed into turkey?
    Thanks, everything has saved me stressing so much all ready

    • 1st June 2015

      Alina Reply


      Yes, if you bring packaged food. My family and I moved to Turkey for work this year and brought with us 2 full suitcases of baby food (milk formula, cereals, packaged fruit, jars of baby meat, veggies, etc.) Everything went well. I had been worried and brought along a paper from the pediatrician stating that my son didn’t yet eat regular food suitable for adults and therefore we had to bring with us food supply for one month. We didn’t use that paper and nobody even asked a question at the airport.

      Good luck with your travel and if you have other questions please don’t hesitate.


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