As new parents, my partner and I found it difficult to give up our love for travel, so instead, we turned it into an opportunity to see a different side of the world – a baby friendly world!
When our baby was 3 months old we packed up our flat in London and the adventure started. We got the Eurostar from St Pancras and headed to France (my partner’s home country). We bought a car and visited family in the countryside and when we were confident enough travelling with a baby by car, we drove to Greece (where my family is from) via Italy. On the way back from Greece, we travelled through the Balkan countries and the north of Italy, discovering new cities and towns and of course trying all the local foods and drink along the way. Every now and then we would stop at a market, fair or festival trying (and buying!) local products that were on offer. It was fantastic, a once in a life time opportunity, even with a baby.
When we got to Paris, my partner suggested we visit Japan (he had been 4 times in the past and loved it so much he was keen to go again), however, I was not so keen on the idea as the flight was long and we would be travelling through Japan by train, I didn’t think this was doable with a 9 month old, especially as we’d have to travel light. My arm was twisted by promises that Japan was baby friendly, clean and safe and an ok to my suggestion to visit my family in Australia.
During our travels with our baby – and I mean planes, trains and automobiles type travels – we encountered many obstacles, discovered some great products for travelling with a baby and some wonderful natural skincare products for the whole family made by local people, using traditional methods that have long been forgotten due to big corporates and their mass production of chemicals and artificial ingredients.
I hadn’t realised how much I had learned until I got back to London and talking to other mums about “the wonderful natural nappy rash ointment” I discovered in Greece and until a couple of days ago when I was asked by another mum, “tell me everything I need to know about travelling with a 9 month old in Japan”, that I had a fair few tips – that worked for me.
So, I decided to type it all up and share it because people want to know and I will probably forget something if I don’t start keeping a record of it all.
As mentioned above I am by no means an expert, so I am always happy to hear other mum’s views and advice. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me directly if you have something to share or have any questions.
I hope you find this site useful.
P.S Please note that while I have done the research and asked professionals for their opinions, these travel tips and products work for me and my family. I am not a doctor nor a paediatrician, so if you are unsure about using anything recommended here, please get professional advice before trying it.