Side, Turkey: Voyage Sorgun – hotel’s review

Hello after a New Year!

I complained a bit in the last entry, so here, in turn, I’m gonna admire 🙂

Last October I went with my daughter for a “womanish” break to the „Voyage” hotel in Side. In Antalya province, there was still pretty warm – during the daytime the temperature used to reach 30 degrees. Nights were a bit colder than in summer. Then we shouldn’t be surprised, that  the season in Southern Turkey closes in the middle of November 🙂

„Voyage Hotel” is recommended by the whole family of my Husband. It has its headquarters in various strategic places of the seaside:
Belek (Antalya province);
Bodrum (Muğla province);
Torba (Bodrum, Muğla province);
Türbükü (Goltürbükü, Bodrum, Muğla province);

… and the one I’m gonna write about – VOYAGE SORGUN (Side/Manavgat, Antalya province).


First of all – how to get there?:

For traveling from abroad and those who constantly live in Turkey, I recommend booking a flight to Antalya Airport. In AYT the various Turkish airplanes land, such as Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, OnurAir, Sun Express, Anadolu Jet or Atlas Global. Many foreign airlines use to arrive there as well, for example, Germania, Nordwind Airlines, Norwegian, Singapore Airlines, SAS, Royal Air, etc… If you travel from Poland, you can enter the website of travel offices, such as Rainbow or TUI and choose your charter ticket. Rainbow used to sell tickets just in the season (April-October), but TUI offers charter flights throughout the year.

However, if you live too close to Antalya to get there by airplane, you can take your car or use the popular bus companies, such as Pamukkale and Kamil Koç (unfortunately, the websites are only in Turkish). Sometimes the buses go directly to the hotels (but in this case you need to deal with a driver in advance!).

But after a flight, you need to get from the AYT airport to Side! The journey takes about one hour. It’s hard for me to recommend the best transfer company, but we ordered Kıraç Turizm. Their webpage is led in Turkish, English and German. You can type, how many adults, kids, and also babies will go with you and order a specific amount of car seats. The places are quite convenient, we didn’t have any problems with a lack of space for legs 🙂 In the screenshot below you can see the exemplary prices for each car. In brackets next to the type of transfer, there’s written the maximum amount of passengers to be taken.

screen kıraç

About a hotel…

„Voyage Sorgun” is situated near the beach – 15 minutes by walk from the historical center of Side (or 5 minutes by a special bus taking passengers directly to the hotels). Although, because of their facilities, you don’t even have to exit the hotel, I highly recommend taking one day for walking around. To those, who aren’t enough after Side, I can offer taking minibus which will pick you up to the waterfall in Manavgat. The journey takes around 45 minutes.

Why have I told, you don’t have to exit the hotel while your stay? There’s actually everything, what you need. Let’s start with gastronomy. Here we have:
– the main restaurant with a buffet changing the menu depending on the time of day;
– „Cuisine 24” restaurant opened 24/7 with very friendly staffs (Mr. Ömer is able to speak in virtually any popular language 😀 );
– and other theme restaurants, eg. Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Italian…
Moreover, there’s also confectionery, summer cafe, and a beach bar. The interesting thing is, it doesn’ matter how much you eat or drink. Everything is included in a price (except Japanese restaurant and Steak House).

From the entertainment, there’s a wide choice of swimming pools. You can use also a free gym, hammam, or take a part in fitness classes or aqua aerobic (led by a nice instructor called Eylem). Various events, animations, and concerts are organized. You can find some shops nearby the hotel (but they’re illogically expensive) and a mailbox. You may also take an extra paid massage or order professional photos, eg. with parrots (one digital photo is “just” 20 euro).

The rooms are in a high standard and regularly kept clean. There’re single rooms or family suites available. Each of them has their own toilet, shower, balcony with a table, access to WiFi and TV. Everything in your fridge (unlike in most of the hotels) is included in a price.

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And for children? 

1) Baby cot: The first facility, which should be the minimum in hotels, is the infant bed. A travel cot set by staff is brought to your room up to one hour after arrival. The bedding is kept clean regularly (although the housekeeping staff took my Daughter’s duvet away twice and they forgot to give a new one – so, you’d better keep your eye on it).


2) Serving the table: It doesn’t matter, where you decide to eat your meal with the baby beside – the staff offers a highchair with disposable bibs and wet wipes included. In the main restaurant and „Cuisine 24” you can also take a baby jar with a meal or a dessert. However, as I mentioned in the „Baby shopping in Turkey” article, the choice of those jars is very poor in Turkey. If your child turns one soon, you can choose proper food from the menu of the restaurant. I highly recommend drinking an orange freshly squeezed juice together.


3) Kiddie pools: There are three swimming pools, your Toddler can swim in (with parents) – two outdoor pools and one indoor. The first outdoor one is bigger, divided into two parts. A shallow area is around 30cm deep, and the deeper area is 40cm. Usually, children make their first contacts there sharing toys (or not 🙂 ). Another outdoor pool is located near the Mini Club. It’s smaller than a previous one, but there are already slides, mushroom, and dolphin flowing down the water. The indoor swimming pool is situated inside the SPA area. Its depth is 40 cm. A very nice facility for parents is the possibility of taking a few swim diapers for free in the beach towel collection point. The blue ones are in the 3/4 size, and the yellow ones – 5/6 size.


4) Mini Club: The place, where Bibi could spend the whole day 🙂 You can enter Mini Club (after calling by intercom) through the outdoor part surrounded by three buildings. In the first building, there’s a trampoline, a ball pool and a variety of toys, eg. kitchen set or blocks. In the second building, there’s a TV room. The third building is two-storeyed. On the ground floor, the various workshops take place, for example drawing or modeling with play dough. There are toilets next to the workshop room. Upstairs, children can take a nap in the bedroom. There’re a few beds available and there’s also a changing table for infants. Outdoor you can find a mini-reception of the Mini Club, in which the animators have the equipment to lead workshops, paints for making masks, and a computer they play music from. There are also toys like cars for riding, basketball court and tables with chairs. The child up to the age of three/four (depends, how independent they already are) can enter Mini Club only with the parent/guardian – however, you can count on the help of friendly animators. An elder toddler doesn’t have to be accompanied by a parent anymore. Last year the animators spoke Turkish, English, Russiam, Ukrainian and some of them even Polish and German. Here I’d like to greet Natalia, Oksana, Masha, and Kübra 🙂

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The little gift, Bibi has gotten from Animators before her departure

5) Playground: Nearby Mini Club you can find the outdoor playground. There’re common toys, such as sandpit, swings, slides or ponies.


6) Amusement park: Hotel has also mini lunapark available. You can find there, eg. Ferris wheel, train or carousel with horses. Kids attending to Mini Club go there with animators at 5:00 PM.



7) Other facilities:
– You can find changing tables at any “public” restroom of the hotel;
– You have a possibility to rent a baby stroller from the hotel’s reception for the whole stay of yours (I’m just warning, they’re older than the seat-strollers from shops, so they don’t have such steering wheels). Furthermore, you can ask, eg. about an additional blanket for your child, warm milk, or water with mint, lemon and honey (for sick guests and not only).


What to take for the journey?

As you’ve probably noticed before, there’s almost everything at VOYAGE SORGUN… Almost. Here’s the list what to pack into the luggage of your Toddler:

1) DIAPERS – seriously, take at least one package of disposable diapers (or the bag of reusable ones with washing agent). Pampers in local store is VERY expensive. It’s just a bit cheaper at the pharmacy cooperating with the reception. And the closest market like Migros is in Manavgat. In the last day I already knew, we don’t have enough diapers for the coming back way. The animators from Mini Club saved our day and gave us a few.

2) COSMETICS FOR BABY CARE – the hotel provides hair shampoo, shower gel, hair conditioner and body balm… but for adults. Make sure, you took the cosmetics to wash, wet wipes and baby moisturizing cream.

3) SUN CREAM – same reason as in case of diapers.

4) CHANGING PADS – well… I think nobody wants to risk having their linens dirty and waiting the whole day for changing them. Furthermore, it’s much more hygienic, if you put your own pad on the changing table.

5) SUMMER AND “TRANSITIONAL” CLOTHES – I think, I don’t have to remind it, but… In Side, in October, the temperature reaches 30 degrees during the daytime. However, in the evening or while the rain it gets chilly. My daughter used to wear summer dresses during the day, but her pajamas had already long sleeves and trouser legs. Time to time you’ll surely take a part in some evening events and you’ll wish to dress up more elegant. And that’s completely ok – just remember to take something covering your shoulders 🙂

6) BEACH TOYS – very useful stuff! As I’ve mentioned before, in the local shop they’re very expensive and I don’t think, you would love to go to another town just to reach a market. And other kids usually don’t like to share 😉 So I highly recommend buying a set before a holiday.

And finally – contact:





The best period you can start reserving your room is December-January. You can find some interesting discounts then. The cheapest places are to reserve for May or October/beginning of November.




WORTH KNOWING: Voyage Hotels have their application for smartphones available on iOS and Android. You can find information, for example, about incoming events – when and where it takes place. You can faster reserve a table in the theme restaurant as well. Just type „Voyage Hotels” in the store on your phone and download the application.





From “I’ll complain” series: AVM in Bursa

Have you ever had a day you were thinking, someone intentionally made your life harder? I felt like this coming back from holiday in Akçay.

Due to sudden hunger we stopped by a „Kent Meydanı” shopping mall in the centre of Bursa. We ordered iskender in a famous „Cemal & Cemil Usta” restaurant. After a dinner we had to change diaper of Bibi.

And here the story should end. Usually the parent goes to the restroom on the same floor, finds a nursery room (tur. Bebek Bakım Odası) and after a shorter or a bit longer waiting solves the case and exits.

Not this time! On the floor there were toilets for men, women, disabled people and there was even mescid (prayer room for pious Muslims). But there wasn’t any nursery room (and no, we couldn’t find any changing table in the toilet for people with disabilities). We were searching then on the lower floors. Unfortunately, everywhere was the same! We had a look out of restrooms – nothing!

Completely confused, I asked the lady from the security about the nearest nursery room. Now guess, where it was? Outside! Next to the main entrance. We decided to go there. We saw nearby a turquoise booth with an inscription „Bebek Bakım ve Emzirme Kabini” (in Turkish: Cabin for baby care and breastfeeding). We knew, it’s gonna be a paid service, so we even prepared a few liras. And here’s another surprise! Despite prepared coins, we didn’t enter there, cause you could only pay by BursaKart. Because we were only passing through Bursa, it was obvious, we didn’t have such a card.


We finally changed the diaper in our car. Unfortunately, it’s not the end of adventures. There wasn’t ANY trash bin around! I found it after 10-minutes walking next to metro station.

I realize, I’ll hear soon: So, what’s the problem? I finally solved the case in the car. So, now imagine, instead of me, a young mom with stroller came to the shopping mall. She lives around 15-20 minutes from AVM (tur. Alışveriş Merkezi – Shopping Centre) by walk. Or someone picked her up there by car. She doesn’t use public transportation often, that’s why she doesn’t have a BursaKart (as you could see on the website, there’s a possibility to buy a single paper ticket). She’s just paying for her shopping at one baby shop, when suddenly her little one calls her with a smelly case. A young mom must solve it as soon as possible, but she doesn’t know, there’s no nursery room in this shopping mall (let’s bet, her child doesn’t walk yet). She can’t change a diaper on the table in the restaurant – you all know, why. Much time will pass before she reaches this cabin outside. There’s no possibility to solve the problem on grass, because there’s no greenery outside (I don’t mention the fall/winter season). And before a young mom comes home, her baby will already cry like a hell – I’m not even talking about the results of prolonged wearing dirty pampers.

And what if suddenly the credit in BursaKart is gone? Before we get to metro from the shopping mall, and then return to the nursery room, at least twenty minutes will pass!

Just to be clear: I think, those public nursery rooms are a great idea! It’s nice to know, in case of baby’s hunger or another emergency situation, you have a possibility to go to the closest cabin and take care of your little one in a peace. As I’ve seen, they’re nicely decorated and regularly kept clean. However, in my opinion, the payment shouldn’t be limited to the BursaKart, but we should also be allowed to pay by cash – like in Istanbul parks, where, beside IstanbulKart, you can also put one lira to the machine.

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania bursa emzirme kabini
Exemplary nursery room in Bursa. Source:

Furthermore, in case of shopping malls, those booths should be just an alternative, not the only place where parent can change diaper or breastfeed. Those buildings are too big to waste time for reaching the cabin and we all know, in this situation the time is important. Moreover, our child usually isn’t the only one, who needs to be fed or swaddled in the specific moment. Only the one who used to take care of baby will understand this 😉

Dear Parents, have you ever experienced any difficulties in childcare on holiday? Let me know in a comment or our Fanpage! 🙂



The author of the main picture: Hürriyet


Weekend with Bibi in Akçay

Hello after longer break!

Today I’d like to write about the place in Turkey we’ve visited with Bibi, but it’s not well known among foreigners. It’s Akçay – the little town in the Balıkesir province located at the Aegean Sea.

How is there? 

It’s a nice, calm place. Don’t expect entertainment like in Istanbul or Antalya. However, you can count on natural beauties, friendly people, every needed shop in one place (with lower prices), some chamber cafes at Çarşı and clean sea. Good place for people who want to rest in nature, hike and cut off a bit from the chaos of bigger cities.

How to get there? 

We got there by car. The way from Istanbul through the ferry station in Yalova took us 4 hours. It’s worthy to have a car, because I actually didn’t see any buses. Traveling from abroad you can take a flight to Istanbul or Ankara and then transfer to the domestic flight to Balıkesir Edremit (14 km away). Afterwards, you can hire a shuttle or simply rent a car.

Where did we stay? 

In Akçay you can find many nice child-friendly hotels. We chose ACAR motel, because of the opinions from other travelers about the family atmosphere. It wasn’t a lie 🙂 The owners are very friendly. They like to chat with guests during breakfast, they ask if we need anything and sometimes they also bring fruits to the room. The hotel is situated close to the sea (however, the beach is stony, so I recommend to go for other ones). It’s small and cozy. They provide child facilities such as a baby bed, high chair, and outdoor toys. Typical Turkish breakfast is included in the price (before season three nights were around 400 TL per room). The only thing I can complain about was the baby bed they provided. Although our Daughter was already one year old, she got a cradle for newborns.

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Where did we go? 

DAY 1: Arrival and Zeus Altarı (Adatepe Köyü)

We unpacked our pieces of luggage, leaned Bibi for a day nap and after lunch we went to Zeus Altarı. It is believed, Zeus was watching from this place the soldiers fighting at the Troya war. The rock there has been identified by a German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann and recognized as an altar dedicated to this Greek god. Actually, I’m not surprised, Zeus has chosen this hill for observations because the panorama of the town is very well visible and the views are worth recommending. Generally, just in Akçay, you can see the several motives from Greek Mythology. For example, the sculpture of wolf which fed twin-brothers Romulus and Remus (the establishers of Rome).

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DAY 2: Hasan Boğuldu

The second day we went to the “Hasan Boğuldu” waterfall situated in the Kaz Mountain National Park. What I like there is the beautiful territory almost untouched by tourists. That’s why the water is so fresh and clean. Afterwards, we went to the restaurant nearby. The kebabs were very well prepared and we had a very nice view of the waterfall in the front of our table. However, for those facilities, you usually have to pay extra, so the final bill was obviously more expensive than in any restaurant in the city 😉

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DAY 3 and 4: Sunbath, departure and the “Hattuşa” adventure

The 3rd day was intended strictly for chill out. We went to the Orjan Bay, cause it’s one of the sandy beaches with inexpensive seats to rent and also there’s a hotel with a restaurant nearby. How was the relax there? Normal, nothing special 🙂 But in the end of our stay one mysterious man came to us and gave the invitation for the open days at Hattuşa Thermal Club. He made a reservation for us for the next day (which was the day of our departure). Our visit involved the presentation of Hattuşa, lunch and using thermal swimming pools. We were led by two friendly animators – Şüle and Beytullah. They showed us the huge complex of various swimming pools, sport facilities, exemplary rooms, shops and… olive trees growing there already hundreds of years.

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania hattuşa logo

In the beginning, they made a questionnaire, in my opinion, not related to the hotel. The exemplary question was: Which countries would you like to visit? Then we had a presentation of the thermal club. There was much space to walk and have fun. Hungry guests have a choice between several restaurants. Rooms were clean and in a very good standard. Each of them had a bathroom and a TV. Babies can count on a free baby bed if requested. What took my attention there was a bathtub. One tap was pouring out normal water and the other one thermal water. The other facilities of Hattuşa (for parents and children as well) are described on their official webpage (LINK). After the presentation, we went for lunch which took place in the canteen for employees. The meal (schnitzel in sauce and attachments) was quite ok and we got full 🙂 In the end, we could spend one hour at the wellness and use thermal or standard swimming pools (there’s child pool as well), gym and enjoy the view of Kaz Mountain. We had to pay extra 5TL for each swim cap which was obligatory at the pool. Before exit, I made myself mud mask (the source of mud was in the garden before pools) and then Şüle and Beytullah showed us the offers of  “Hattuşa” with prices.

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Reservation page: (there’s an option to choose between various languages and also you can reserve the SPA package)

Two things you must pay attention to before reservation: 
1) If you get to “Hattuşa” by invitation, you’ll be surely given the most common offer – signing a ten-year agreement for the specific period when the room or studio is reserved only for you. Comparing the prices it seems to be profitable, but in the end, I found it as a trap. Honestly, most people don’t like to be tied up to one place for such a long period. And it’s very difficult to cancel this agreement. Of course, you can reserve a single visit, but it will be a bit more expensive.

2) According to offer breakfast and dinner are provided. But it only concerns the main restaurant where employees use to eat as well. Other restaurants aren’t involved in the price (like many extra facilities such as massages).


To sum up: Do I recommend Akçay and Edremit to go with a baby or a small child?

Yes, if (1) you have your own car and (2) you buy a good baby carrier before. Akçay doesn’t have well-developed public transportation. Edremit is situated near Kaz Mountain and many places are simply unable to reach by a stroller. However, contact with nature and breathing much fresher air than in Istanbul or Ankara will be surely beneficial for your child. Furthermore, as I’ve said before, many hotels in the region are child-friendly. The two mentioned ones are just an example.


In the next article, I’ll do something that Poles are known about – complain 😉


Shopping in Turkey – parenting dictionary

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and elder Siblings 🙂 Everyone who is going with a little one to Turkey.

Last time you had an opportunity to read a long (but needed) article baby shopping in Turkish stores. As you could see, in some cases we’d be surpised – it was the same with me, when I came to Istanbul with my Baby the first time 🙂 Another surprise was (but it’s not only the domain of Turkey), that even in cosmopolitan Istanbul many people don’t speak English. That’s why I’m presenting you a parental dictionary. You won’t need to waste your time for searching needed words in phrasebooks 😉

Why am I doing this? Well, if I already know a bit of this language, why not to share this knowledge with you? 😉

Let’s start with the pronounciation of the letters 😉

I’ll answer the question some people still ask me till today: No, Dears. Turks don’t speak Arabic and they don’t write Arabic letters. Turkish letters are written in a Latin style, but they have also some national characters 🙂 Because I’m not native English, I’ll refer this guide to you (LINK). You can also listen to them in one of the children’s songs on You Tube (LINK).

I just need to pay attention on the letter !!!Ğğ!!!so-called „yumuşak g” (soft „g”). I’m calling it as „deaf g”, cause this mysterious letter is almost imperceptible. It’s kind of transition between vowels or an extension of the last vowel (if there’s consonant after ğ). For example, the Turkish president Erdoğan – we pronounce his surname as Erdo-an (in case of Turkish back vowels, ie. a,ı,o,u we can hear barely noticeable „h”). Another example – Eğitim (traineeship). We read it as Eyyeeteem. Did you notice, in case of Turkish front vowels (e,i,ö,ü), the sound “y” will be slightly appearing in the place of “Ğ”?


Did you learn all the letters? So, let’s start! 😉

1) Numbers:


Now let’s stop at the number „10” and see what will happen. In Turkey there’s the same rule for “ten” like for 20,30,40, 80… So there’s no accurate translation of the ending „-teen”, but we write and say like we wanted to say „ten one”, „ten two”, „ten three”, so on… Just look!


And now I’m presenting you the Turkish translation of the numbers 20-90. Here the case is more simple, because the numbers like 22 or 84 we make according to the same rules, as Turkish 11, 12… So twenty two will be translated as yirmi iki and eighty four as seksen dört“.


And we came to 100. It’s rather easy case. „One hundred” will be translated into Turkish as „yüz” (there’s no need to add „bir” before „yüz”). If we want to say two hundred or five hundred, we just add the digit according to the number before „yüz”. Just like in the picture attached:


Same rule with thousand (tr. bin), million (tr. milyon), czy billion (tr. milyar).

1000 +

Note, in case of „milion” i „billion” even, when there’s just one “million” or “billion”, we add „bir” before them, so „bir milyon” and „bir milyar”.

„More complicated” numbers, we combine like in English, eg.:

125 – yüz yirmi beş
2018 –
iki bin onsekiz
555 555 –
beş yüz elli beş bin beş yüz elli beş 😉
82 450 999 –
seksen iki milyon dört yüz elli bin dokuz yüz doksan dokuz


2) Necessary questions and answers:

It’s good to note the questions and answers you’ll be using while shopping with baby or those you can hear from shop assistants.

a) Hello/Bye:

Merhaba! – the most popular greeting in Turkey. It can be used between friends or in the shop.

Günaydın! – Good morning!
İyi günler! – this phrase has two functions. It can be Good afternoon! or the farewell like Have a nice day!
İyi akşamlar! – like before. You can say Good evening! or say “bye” like Have a nice evening! Depends on context 😉

Görüşürüz!/Görüşmek üzere! – See you!
İyi geceler! – Good night!
Hoşçakal! – universal way to say „Goodbye!”

You can often hear from shop-assistants or owners (and it’s not fake politeness!)
-Hoş geldin!
(Welcoming like: „I’m glad you came”)
In this case it’s good to answer:
-Hoş bulduk! (in accurate translation: “I’m glad to find you!”)


It’s good to say hello or goodbye (but not both of them the same time ;)) to the employee saying „Kolay gelsin!”. It means something between „Have a good work!” and “Take it easy”.

b) Phrases used in shops:

Evetyes                                Hayır – no

Çokvery, much (eg. Çok güzel – very beautiful)

Ucuz – cheap                           Pahalıexpensive

Güzel – beautiful                     Çirkin – ugly

Büyükbig                             Küçüksmall

Pardon / AffedersinizExcuse me!
Teşekkür ederim! / Teşekkürler! / Sağol!
all of them mean „Thank you!”


Bana yardım eder misiniz?Could you help me?
Yardımcı olabilir miyim? – Can I help you?
Yardım ister misiniz? – Do you need help?

…………………… nerede? – Where is………………… ?
(eg. Dükkan nerede? – Where is the shop?)

……………………. ne kadar? – How much is ……………………………… ?
(eg. Şu yatak ne kadar? – How much is this bed?)


…………………….. var mı? – Is there……………………… ?
(eg. Devam sütü var mı? – Is there modificated milk?)

You can answer:
– Evet, var. – Yes, there is.
– Hayır, yok. – No, there isn’t.
And finally (because not everyone likes to pay by cash):

Kartla ödeyebilir miyim? May I pay by card?


3) Colors:

It’s worthy mentioning about colors. It’s good to specify, eg. what color of t-shirt you want for your baby 😉


Re 4. Clothes and shoes:

Kıyafet – clothing

Ceket – jacket
Çorap(lar) – sock(s)
Eldiven(ler) – glove(s)
Elbise – dress
Etek – skirt
Gömlek – shirt
Hırka – sweater, cardigan
Pantolon – trousers
Şapka – cap
Şort – shorts
Tişört – T-shirt
Yağmurluk – raincoat
Yelek – vest


Clothes strictly for infants:

Body (or Çıtçıtlı Zıbın) – bodysuit
İç-dış Zıbın – side-snap tee
Kukuleta Şapka – premature cap/hat
Patilki Alt – footed pants
Ribanalı Eldiven – anti-scratching gloves

Uyku tulumu – sleep&play / sleepwear / baby pajama


Ayakkabılar – shoes
İlk Adım Ayakkabı – first step shoes
Sandalet – sandals
Crox Sandalet – crocs
Keten Ayakkabı – linen shoes
Spor Ayakkabı – sport shoes, trainers

Good to know: If you want to specify, whether you want to buy things for a newborn (yenidoğan), baby (bebek) or a child (çocuk), it’s good to add words from brackets before the product (usually clothing).

Re 5 & 6. Food:

Bebek maması – baby meal
Kavanoz – jar

Bal – honey
Bebek bisküvisi – baby biscuits
Peynir – cheese
Pirinç lapası – baby porridge (rice one)
Sütlaç – rice pudding
Yumurta – egg

Erişte – noodles (we call pasta as „makarna”)
Patates – potato
Pirinç – rice
Tahıl – grain, cereal

Ayran – slightly salty yoghurt drink (not necessarily for children, but it’s worth mentioning)
Çay – tea
Devam sütü – modificated milk
Malt içeceği – drink for breastfeeding women
Su – water
Süt – milk
Yoğurt – yoghurt

Tavuk – chicken (the only meat in Turkish baby jars)
Hindi – turkey
Domuz eti – pork (hard to find 😉 )
Dana eti – beef
Balık – fish
Somon – salmon
Tavşan – rabbit
Koyun eti – lamb

And now let’s learn fruit and vegetables. I don’t want to prolong this entry unnecessarily, so will limit my vocabulary to the products frequently given to children or those you can find in jars.

Ananas – pineapple
Armut – pear
Çilek – strawberry
Elma – apple
Erik – plum
Frambuaz – raspberry
Kayısı – apricot
Karpuz – watermelon
Kiraz – sweet cherry
Limon – lemon
Mandalina – mandarin/tangerin
Muz – banana

Portakal – orange
Şeftali – peach
Üzüm – grape
Yaban mersini – blueberry

Balkabağı – pumpkin
Bezelye – green pea
Biber – paprica
Brokoli – broccoli
Domates – tomato
Fasulye – bean
Havuç – carrot
Kabak – zucchini
Maydanoz – parsley
Pancar – beet
Pırasa – leek
Salatalık – cucumber
Soğan – onion
Taze soğan – chive

IMPORTANT: If you care about products without sugar, note, if there’s written „şekersiz” (sugarless) or „(ilave) şeker içermez” (doesn’t contain sugar).

Re 8. Hygienic products and first aid kit:

Bebek bezi – diaper
Kullanımlık Bezleri – reusable nappies
Mayo/Yüzme bezi – diapers for swimming
Bebek Eğitim Pantolonu – training pants
Islak mendil – wet/moisturing wipes
Bebek bakım örtüsü – changing pad

Pişik kremi – diaper rash cream
Yağ – olive
Göğüs pedleri – nursery pads
Havlu – towel
Önlük – bib
Sabun – soap
Duş jeli – shower gel
Şampuan – shampoo
Güneş kremi – sun cream

Tırnak makasınail clipper
Diş fırçası – toothbrush
Diş macunu – toothpaste

A/B/C/D vitamin – vitamin A/B/C/D
Burun Spreyi – nasal spray
Diş jeli – teething gel
Folik asit – folic acid 🙂
Hamile testı – pregnancy test
İlaç – medicine
Omega 3 yağ asiti – Omega−3 fatty acid
Sinek Kovucu Sprey – mosquito repellent (or spray)
Yara bandı – adhesive plaster


And finally… Equipment and accessories (just in case):

Karyola – baby bed/cot
Beşik – cradle
Nevresim takımı – linens set
Yastık – pillow
Puset lub Bebek arabası – stroller
Oto koltuğu – car seat
Mama sandalyesi – highchair
Bebek bezi değiştirme masası – changing table
Lazımlık – potty

Oyuncak(lar) – toy(s)
Diş kaşıyıcı – teether
Çıngırak – rattle
Top – ball
Kitap(lar) – book(s)

Göğüs pompası – breast pump
Biberon – feeding bottle
Emzik – pacifier
Alıştırma bardağı – non-spill cup


It’s worth remembering one more place:

Bebek bakım odası – nursery room


Turkish vocabulary has been mentioned also in the article  “Active Istanbul Mom… And Baby” 🙂 I’m recommending you to have a look at it, if you like to spend time actively with your toddler on holiday as well 😉


If you have any questions about the Turkish vocabulary, feel free to comment! In the next article I’ll write about our weekend in Akçay 🙂