This is my first blog post in forever, the reason? We (the Moldovan family) have just arrived back from a few weeks of mini travels, more specifically: Romania – England – France – England – Back to RO. It was seriously a super great time, what made it even more enjoyable is that I have a baby who LOVES to travel. Many ask me how I take him out? Does he unsettle? How do we manage? Is it still an enjoyable trip? Therefore I felt a blog post on my baby jet setter was a must!
My baby is 3 months old (13 weeks & 5 Days to be exact) and at such a young sweet age has been in 3 countries so far and has already travelled on planes, ferries, buses, cabs, trains, cars… You name it, he’s travelled in it.
The main thing with travel and babies is get them used to it. If a child is used to traveling from a young age it helps in so many ways, as they know none the less therefore,
- They behave better when traveling
- Traveling doesn’t make them ill in anyway as they have built up a travel immunity
- They don’t get intimidated by modes of transport
- Instead of finding babysitters or never going on vacation again, you can enjoy everything you did beforehand but this time round with your children
We took our little bubblebutt out for the first time when he was only 5 Days Old! It was a short walk (15 min. Max.) but that’s where it all began, since then I’ve made sure that I take him out every single day whether it’s a run to the shops in the car or a quick walk around the block.
Our transportation method essential: SILVER CROSS PRAM.
For me Silver Cross is the pram of all prams (they actually INVENTED the pram) used by royal families worldwide and the sole pram brand used by the British Royal family for centuries, I can tell you that it really does live up to its name! It’s versatile, light, sturdy and easy to use.
Quick Snap of our pram with matching car seat (that you can put on the chassis instead of the pram seat which is super helpful)
My little baby Ayan Gabriel just before his first walk at 5 days old.
So, the things I NEVER leave my house without (and yes I cram all these in my handbag if I’m not in the mood to take the diaper bag out)
- Diapers (take as many as is appropriate according to the duration of your trip & extra!)
- Pack of wipes (I just take a full pack of huggies wipes, it’s like my Favourite wipe brand ever!)
- Change of clothes (baby’s get MESSY! I know this seems obvious but believe me even I’ve forgotten before!)
- Dummies/ soothers (I literally walk around with about 4/5 sterilized fresh ones in my bag, this is due to the fact that my son doesn’t really use them but when he does he only does so for short periods of time and then will projectile spit them out his mouth! Hence he goes through about 3 dummies on average on every trip.
- Bottle of milk (I exclusively breastfeed therefore it’s not a major worry if I forget this, HOWEVER, I still always try 99% of the time to pump a bottle of milk for when I go out. This is personally due to the fact that although I cover with a blanket if I do end up breastfeeding whilst out, it’s just so much fuss and hassle. Also sometimes it’s just needed for quick emergency feeds! Like the time when Ayan started screaming at the top of his lungs for milk whilst we were going through security at the airport – it was literally impossible to whip it all out and breastfeed him at that moment, thank God I had a bottle!)
- Toy (which baby doesn’t love toys)
- Blanket (such an essential when you have a baby – comfort, warmth, feeding reasons, just never leave the house without a blankie!)
As you can see I have the Silver Cross diaper bag matching to the pram and car seat.
TIPS for traveling with baby and ensuring a smooth trip (whether it’s to the mall or a flight abroad)
- Make the trip both fun and a positive experience for baby.
- Keep baby interested in what’s around him/her, talk to your child and keep them constantly involved. (For me shopping trips are not only a time where I constantly speak to my baby but a great time and place to teach baby about foods, shopping etc. Etc. They really stay engaged and before you know it you’re boring grocery shopping trip is actually super fun!)
- If it’s the time for baby to be in the pram don’t teach baby otherwise by taking him/her out just because they are crying and want out. Instead a great method is to try and present them a toy or speak with them, whilst they are still in the pram, this way they learn to behave and not want to be carried at all times, they also learn that it is important for them to be in the pram at certain times most of the time a baby will cry because they feel left out but will soon stop if played with and showed a little bit of attention.)
- Another method which we take to is when Ayan cries (as he wants to be carried) we take him out until he stops then put him back in. We do this repeatedly until eventually he stops crying. This is also a great method as we hate letting our baby cry but at the same time we don’t want to spoil him for the future. Therefore he learns that there’s nothing to be frightened of in being put down and that his parents are still with him at all times.
- Involve baby in everything, like mentioned before, I always speak to Ayan about what I’m doing, when at a restaurant I take him out the pram and include him in conversation at the table whilst waiting for food. I’m a strong believer in showing a child love, affection, attention and respect will enable that child to be a loving well behaved child!
These are my main travel essentials, items and tips for baby and me. Of course not every outing is perfect but until now whilst traveling with Ayan who is 3 months, it’s so far, so good! And makes traveling as Familia Moldovan a pleasurable experience each and every time!
Ayans’ first flight at 4 weeks old. LONDON – CLUJ
A stroll with daddy.
CLUJ – LONDON, Business Lounge, 2 months 3 weeks old!
ENGLAND (DOVER) – FRANCE (CALAIS) by FerryBoat, 3 months Old! Keeping him distracted with YouTube videos on the bus to Citè de Europe!
LONDON – CLUJ, sleepy baby until home!