Hello there lovely people, I hope you’re all doing well.
We were on holiday last week and just got back last night. Last time we were away in May, was our first every family trip with Amber, who was 10 months old at the time.
Back then, many of you asked for tips of traveling with a baby and again now for tips on traveling with a toddler.
Having been on our second trip with Amber, who is now (almost) 15 months old, I have some tips I can share with you all that might help you plan your next trip with tiny humans a bit easier. I certainly did a lot of things differently this time around.
Here are my top tips:
Pack LOTS of snacks and milk
We went to Taormina for our first family holiday. I had packed lots of formula together with a thermos and some fruit and veg pouches but didn’t think to pack fresh fruit with me or her cereal. We couldn’t find a fruit and veg shop while there so it made meal times a bit challenging.
This time, I packed weetabix and bananas with me which made breakfast really easy. Typically, breakfast in Italy consists of pastries and coffee which isn’t ideal for a toddler. While Amber did try many new things, having her staples with us meant that we avoided having a hungry & cranky bubba which made things so much easier.
Equally important this time around was having many snacks with us on the go. We were on a road trip this time so having her fave snacks at hand meant that we had pleasant car rides! It made all the difference.
Take a light weight stroller and baby carrier
We have a light weight stroller which we can easily open and close one handed. It’s not ideal for rough terrain but it’s so convenient on the go. We travelled via ferry this time but we flew there this first time around which meant it was really easy to travel.
Having a carrier that you can wear is also really convenient. Amber can now walk however her little legs get tired and we love going on hikes so having a carrier on rougher terrain and for when Amber gets tired really helps.
Find a central hotel (with a good restaurant if possible)
When we traveled in May, we opted for a nice hotel in the Centre of Taormina. This was ideal at the time because restaurants were just minutes away and everything was within walking distance. We would put Amber to bed and then just go for dinner with her asleep in her push chair. On days when we were out all day, we would put her to bed and get some snacks or a pizza to the hotel and enjoy a quiet evening there.
This time, we were staying in a small Agriturismo with a good restaurant. We would put Amber to bed, and go down for dinner. We had the baby monitor with us which meant we could keep an eye on her while she slept and enjoy a quiet dinner together.
Try to stick to their normal routine as much as possible
I realize this may not be easy or even possible at times. However sticking to nap times, meal times and bed time as much as possibles makes all the difference.
This really helped us have a happy toddler all through the trip. Amber normally sleeps around 7pm for example; last night, our ferry trip commenced at 7.30pm. We were on board an hour earlier, changer her into her pjs, gave her her bottle and she slept all the way home which was great for us all.
I realize this doesn’t always work; on our way to the hotel she cried all the way and was cranky all afternoon because she missed her nap. Just in case you’re thinking it was all a bed of roses, it wasn’t. But we then tried to stick to routine and it really helped.
Pack medicine and comforting items
The three of us got sick during our holiday last week. Thankfully I had packed amber’s medicine just in case together with her Muslin cloths and fave pacifier. Luckily Amber was only ill for 24 hours and we had everything she needed. We on the other hand were sick for the whole trip; but ah well!
I hope this helps 🙂 if you’re a bit anxious to travel with your little one, know that it’s totally normal and it will more than likely go better than expected! Xxx
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