Guest Post :: Reasons Why You Should Travel With A Baby

by Tina on September 24, 2015

in family, Travel

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Hello, everyone!  Today I am so honored to have a very special guest writer with us who is one of my dearest friends and an absolute inspiration to me.  I met Ania, known online as the New Diplomat’s Wife (I guess you can figure out what her husband does for a living!), when she moved here to Copenhagen two years ago and instantly hit it off.  She has an insatiable appetite for travel and a true spirit of curiosity that has pushed me to be a bigger explorer of my own neighborhood, country, and of the world.  She will be telling us more about her experiences of traveling with babies, starting with today’s post: Why you should travel with a baby… Ania, take it away! 
…the unmistakable wail of a hungry child… the paralyzing fear of how many germs must be covering any surface in sight… the all consuming effort of packing for the equivalent of a new world expedition and still forgetting everything you actually need… I get it.  Traveling with a Baby can be scary.  Either you’ve experienced all those things and are hesitant to try again, or you might find yourself afraid of all of those things and not tried it at all… yet!

Traveling with a baby isn’t the easiest on many fronts- there are pretty much no if’s, and’s, or but’s about that.  Just because it’s not easy, however, doesn’t mean that it always has to be hard and unpleasant.  The beauty is that once you make peace with that, it opens up a whole new world of travel you might not have considered before.  In fact, traveling with a baby can be a downright delight, and it is an adventure worth taking.

Traveling with a baby means that you see a different side to things as you explore.  It means you come into contact with people and experiences that would have otherwise passed you by.  And perhaps most importantly, it means that you lay the foundation for the next generation to be curious about what is outside of the home, so that they can figure out for themselves what home means to them.

As you get set up for this kind of travel, you’ll have to make some changes, but these changes are mostly to expectations rather than to anything material.  Traveling with a baby doesn’t require tons of new gear (regardless of what the baby stores tell you!) as much as it requires an open mind and a bit more patience.  At least, that’s what we’ve learned in our family so far.

We’ve always had the travel bug, and got our kids started early.  Last year had me taking well over a hundred flights for work, so it was inevitable that my daughter find herself on about a quarter of them.  She’s four now and nearly a pro at the airline safety announcement after lots of practice.

And now with the our newest addition, our five month old son, we get to do it all over again.  He’s racked up about 10 flights so far so we’re well on our way.  But don’t think you need big airplane trips to see the world- we do just as much from trains and cars and walks as we do from airplanes.

I’m excited to be joining Tina for the next few weeks for this new series to help share a few tips and tricks on how to get started on traveling with a baby, what to look for, and above all, how to enjoy this new lens on seeing the world around you, both near and far!

 

Read more about Ania and her life as The New Diplomat’s Wife and as a foreigner with a child who attends forest school in Denmark at A Toddler in the Trees

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Alexandra September 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Great post! I started travelling with my daughter when she was 3 months old (first cross-country flight, and she slept through it! whew!), and starting early gave me the confidence to do solo trips with her and to try an international trip at 7 months. When she was fussy and it seemed like too much work, I just reminded myself that she would still be fussy if we were at home. Plus, never underestimate the kindness of strangers–people would volunteer to watch her on the airplane so that I could run to the restroom, seatmates would carry my suitcase through the airport so that I could wrangle a wriggly toddler…sure, there were a few dark looks when people saw us coming down the airplane aisle, but by and large, people were so helpful. Excited to read more about this topic!

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