Recently we celebrated the first birthday of our daughter. This means that it's been a year now that we've been doing this whole family travel with a baby thing. So in celebration of this big milestone, I'm taking a look back at 2016 and just what we've accomplished with our family travel for real life.
In the past year we've had a lot of growing and learning to do. Traveling with just two adults is one thing. That's headache enough for most people and understandably so. It's hard enough planning and packing for adults, but once you throw a new baby in the mix all chaos seems to ensue. We learned first hand just what it takes to pack a suitcase for a baby. Spoiler alert: it's quite a bit of stuff.
Czech Republic with a Newborn
So, just how does family travel for real life look? Our first trip was when the baby was just a couple of months old. I had the urge to go on our annual winter sports holiday. So, much to the chagrin of my husband, off we went on holiday to the Czech Republic with a newborn. What was my biggest takeaway from that trip?
Those cobblestones are rough on strollers. While the stroller we had was good for Amsterdam, it was not meant to be on cobblestones. You'll want a stroller that can handle the uneven pavement!
Rome and Ostia Antica with a Baby
A few months later, and before it got unbearably hot, we took our baby on a family holiday to Rome. There we were greeted by some of the friendly people that we've come across on our travels. Just how friendly are people in Rome with babies?
I mean, like even though she’s in the carrier pressed up against my chest very friendly Italian women still had no qualms touching and kissing her. Took a bit of getting used to but hey, when in Rome.
We highly enjoyed our trip to Rome and our day trip to Ostia Antica. I can't imagine how people bring a baby to Rome in the summer time. We were there when the weather was on the verge of getting unbearable and that was perfect for us.
Nice France Family Holiday
For my birthday in early June, we headed off to Nice, France. I picked there due to the very reasonably priced airline tickets from Amsterdam. Plus, Nice is known as being a very beautiful place to unwind and have a relaxing beach holiday. We were fortunate to come across probably the most family friendly hotel in Nice .
Nice is one of those places you read about online and think to yourself how it's not something that normal people do, or that only the rich and famous go there on holiday. However, I am going to say that is not at all true. We were able to visit Nice and do it on a budget. Family travel for real life doesn't have to be something that families only dream about! Check out our tips on Nice with a family as well as an overview of our family vacation in Nice with a baby.
Flying Overseas with a Baby
The last trip we did by air during our baby's first year was from Amsterdam to Nashville. It was important for us to spend time with family for our daughter's first birthday. So we made the 13 hour flight with a one year old. I'm glad that it wasn't the first flight that I had done with her. By doing shorter flights with her early on, I got the chance to anticipate what I could expect to deal with in terms of her temperament and what to expect from other travelers and from the airline staff themselves.
Ever wonder why you see people letting their kids run around crazy in an airport? It helps to get the energy out so that they are better able to sit still on the plane.
This past year of traveling with a baby has been an experience. As a first time mother, I had no previous experience for what to expect traveling with a newborn. So, everything was brand new to me.
I'd like to say that after so many flights and international trips with a baby that I've figured it all out. Of course, I believe that to be a lie. Ahead of us lies the toddler years. And from what I can read on other travel blogs from families, traveling with a toddler is not any easier than traveling with a baby. I can't wait to see what lies ahead!