Travelling with young children in Bangladesh is tough because of low levels of hygiene and general health and safety issues, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Bangladeshis, who are among the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet, are fascinated by foreign children and everyone will go out of their way to help you if you have kids in tow.
- From a food standpoint, dishes of boiled rice and unspiced dhal (yellow lentils), scrambled or boiled eggs, oatmeal and the huge variety of fruits and vegetables should be enough to keep kids happy.
- Snacks like biscuits and crisps are also widely available.
- It may be worth bringing a child safety seat from home, though seatbelts do not always work in local vehicles.
- Cots are generally only found at top end hotels, but most hotels can provide an extra bed for families.
- High chairs are generally only seen in more expensive restaurants in larger cities.
- Nappy changing facilities are non-existent.
- Disposable nappies and formula milk can be found at some supermarkets in towns and cities.
- Public breast-feeding is extremely frowned on for foreigners.