We’re back in Copenhagen after an amazing road trip through California. After a few days with unpacking and adjusting to Copenhagen time our everyday lives are back to normal; Mikkel is back at work and I’m still on maternity leave playing around with our little monkey.
By this point it almost seems surreal that we just went to the other side of the World with our 5-month-old baby. But we did and it couldn’t have gone any better.
Travelling with our baby is different from all of our previous travels. Different in the sense that we’re no longer travelling just the two of us. We’re a family. And our usual rapid sightseeing-pace has drastically decreased. But the beautiful memories of our journey as a family is more than sufficient to replace the sightseeing needs. I can only hope we’ll gather more of these memories in the future.
Until then, we wanted to share some tips & advices on travelling with a baby! (And if you make it all the way to the bottom of this post there’s even a delicious breakfast recipe inspired by a morning in L.A.)
Baby Travel Tips:
1) First off, they DO have babies in other countries. And they DO need pretty much the same necessities as you do. Diapers, baby wipes, additional clothing, etc. are all accessible in grocery stores and the likes, so bring only what you need to get started.call
2) Respect your new ruler. Your baby’s need for food, naps and new diapers will dictate your agenda. But you can work around these needs and still have a blast: Don’t plan your schedule too tight; Place your activities in the morning/early afternoon; Prioritize what you want to see and where you want to go; Accept that some days are less rosy than other and that change of plans will happen; And take an extra coffee break when needed.
3) Bring a stroller and a baby carrier. When you’re spending most of the days out and about, you still need to make sure your baby can have his usual naps. We brought a lightweight umbrella stroller that allowed the backrest to go all the way down. And we LOVED our Beco Gemini carrier for when August grew tired of the stroller. BTW, consider bringing the carrier in your hand luggage if you go have transit flights (strollers are usually available in most airports).
4) Book a bassinet. Most airline companies offer bassinets on their long-haul flights so your baby may lie down instead of sitting on your lap. However, be aware that only a few bassinets are available on each aircraft, so book your bassinet as soon as you book the flight.
5) Bring just one or two pieces of toys. When you’re on the road and there’s a lot going on, there’s no need for further stimulation. Consider bringing toys that are squeaky and fun to chew in.
6) Have access to a washer. Babies go through clothing, muslin cloths, etc. FAST, but don’t break your back by bringing the entire wardrobe. Just make sure there’s a washer (or laundry service) available at the places you stay, and you’ll be able to wash those textiles every two or three days.
7) Consider having access to a kitchen. Eating out is a HUGE part of our travel plans, but eating out three times in a day may be too much for your baby. We made sure all of our AirBnB stays offered access to a kitchen, and we then cooked dinner there most days. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, snacks (and occasionally a very early dinner) were thoroughly enjoyed elsewhere.
8) Feed the monster during take-off and landing. Whether breast feeding or bottle feeding, feed your baby during take-off and landing to prevent ear pain. Feeding helps the little one equalise the pressure and secure a tear-free flight.
9) Be patient with the jet-lag. A significant time difference between destinations will most likely mess up your baby’s inner clock, and suddenly what used to be ‘sleepy-time’ is now ‘play-time’. As in the the middle of the night. It’s not really what you need when you arrive home from your vacation and have a workday coming up. However, don’t try to force your baby to sleep (or stay awake) – it won’t work. Just roll with it. His inner clock WILL adjust, but expect it to take a couple of days. So if you have the luxury, plan you homecoming to 2-3 days before your first workday.
10) Just go! I remember all my worries before we bought the tickets, but with all these amazing memories from our trip spinning around in my head I’m so glad Mikkel managed to swipe away all of my worries and that we just decided to go.
And now, FOOD!
Chia & Quinoa Porridge
Chia & Quinoa Porridge
(Makes 4 servings)
Start by cooking the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa in cold water. Bring water and quinoa to a boil and let it simmer under lid for 15 minutes. Leave it to cool.
Mix the cooled quinoa, chia seeds, almond milk, and vanilla in a bowl. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
Serve with your favourite fruit and nuts as topping. Enjoy!
70 g uncooked quinoa + 200 ml water
4 tbsp chia seeds
750 ml almond milk
½ tsp vanilla
Fruit and nuts of choice
(we used kiwi, hazelnuts, and rose petals)