Tips for traveling with an infant
Traveling to Europe with a Baby
Starting right from the beginning I can tell you there is a LOT we learned about flying internationally and traveling with a 7 month old! I want to be completely real and share what worked and what we would change for next time :) My husband and I are always looking to travel and experience new places and cultures, so it’s our goal to continue this as our family grows. We found that by lowering our expectations and choosing to enjoy the trip for whatever we got to experience was key! A slower pace... more attention to our little one and to each other... I'm convinced this made all difference!
How to Pack...
Less bags is moreeeeee. When going to Europe, lots of travel is convenient by foot and train. You can definitely rent a car, but for our route and timing, choosing to travel by train was our best option. This becomes more complicated when wearing a baby and diaper bag and pulling lots of luggage... but we made it happen! Do the best you can to consolidate when packing, and if you’re unsure if you need it - you don’t! Honestly Nolan found so much joy in squishing plastic cups that I wish I left 8/10 of his little toys at home!
Also, because we chose to travel by train, a car seat was unnecessary for us! Another big item off the packing list!
Should I bring a stroller?
This is a BIG yes! We purchased a stroller off Facebook Marketplace to have for the trip. It was durable, and definitely needed! Like I mentioned before, there is LOTS of walking in European cities, and while we love holding our little man, we didn't want to all day, everyday ;) We recommend a stroller with large wheels so the cobblestone roads aren't an obstacle. We found a used UppaBaby Cruz and it did the trick!
Where should you go in Europe first?
Whenever I get this question, I quickly reply with ITALY! Italians love babies. They were all so happy to see Nolan, and gushed over him. Literally every person. The guy making our pizza wanted to hold Nolan. The ladies couldn't pass by without calling him some cute little Italian name and smiling. It really made us feel so at ease the whole time! The little crying spells didn't seem to phase anyone and certainly didn't make anyone upset. It was very refreshing to be in a culture that loved their babies so well and wanted them to be out and about!
Long days of travel...
There were a few days of allllll day travel. These were more tough on mom and dad than on our little one. He wasn't quite crawling yet, so this minimized how much exploring he needed to be able to do on the floor. He was mainly content to sit and play in our laps, which was a big game changer!
Now that our little one is very mobile, I can see how this would be more difficult! Something to learn for next time...
We are so thankful we got to experience the jaw-dropping views of the Swiss Alps! While Nolan won't remember this... we sure will! We really enjoyed all the gondola rides and going from town to town. We chose to have a pass to get us access to gondolas, trains, and a boat ride in Interlaken to enjoy all the views.
One of my favorite memories is walking across the First Cliff Walk with Nolan!
We learned so much, but mainly to be patient with each other. Don't expect your baby to be on your schedule all the time. Perhaps start with going somewhere you have already been, so you can enjoy without feeling stressed that you are missing seeing something for the first time!
Remembering to slow down each day and just being thankful for the experience as a family was important for us!
We keep getting the same question...
YES- We would do it again!