When we had our baby people frequently told us that all our travelling would come to an end! We hoped in that foolhardy way of impending parents that this wouldn’t be the case for us. Now we’ve had to eat our words on many things but thankfully we haven’t in regards to travelling. Baby E is now eight months old and has been to seven countries, on nine long haul flights, on a Mediterranean cruise and on nine city breaks. And 2017 is going to bring even more travel – so why do we travel with a baby?
One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use
On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on
- Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
- Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
- Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
- Pjs for all the family
For more first time cruise tips click here!
It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:
- Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
- Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.
Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?
Further reading: what to pack for a carnival cruise
I love Rome. It’s architecture, history, culture, food even its’ chaotic traffic evokes a real sense of place however sometimes its nice to escape to tranquility, especially now we have a baby and that’s where Villa Borghese Gardens comes into it! It is the perfect place to visit in Rome with a baby or with kids! The Gardens are in the trendy Via Veneto area and are located close to the Spanish Steps. I don’t know about you but after a visit to the Spanish Steps I always need to time to recharge my batteries and escape the crowds so really the Gardens are a perfect tonic! Alternatively if you want to avoid the Spanish Steps there is an easy entrance on Via Veneto.
The Gardens are Rome’s third largest public park and along with being a beautifully landscaped garden it also has a number of buildings and museums, the main attraction of these being Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art and the Globe Theatre. Tickets for gallery entrance must be pre booked and are time limited. However, if you don’t manage to get tickets there are plenty of sculptures to keep any art fan amused.
The Piazza di Siena, close to the Via Veneto entrance, hosted the equestrian events during the 1960 Rome Olympics and is a perfect place to go for a run.
The Gardens also offer some great viewing platforms to take in some great and interesting perspectives of Rome such as that at Piazza Napoleone.
In the centre of the gardens is a beautiful lake overlooked by the stunning Temple of Aesculapius. The lake in front can be boated in good weather, but on our last trip we weren’t lucky enough to do this! But I am sure when we return when Baby E is a bit older this is something we will definitely do!
It is also one of the best places for families in Rome. It is easily accessible with a pram, there are large open spaces and plenty of playgrounds for children and lots of lovely shaded areas to sit and relax if you are there in the summer heat.
In my opinion every great city has a great park and for me Villa Borghese is Rome’s great park!
Things to remember:
- There are several restaurants within the Gardens or alternatively take a picnic
- Tickets to go into Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance
- Prams and bags of any description are not allowed inside the gallery.
For our first European City Break with baby in tow we decided to return to a city we have been to many times as a couple and one we love so much – Rome! If you are thinking about visiting Rome with a baby or toddler then this guide is sure to be of help. In it we cover everything you need to know about visiting Rome with toddlers or babies from where to stay in Rome with kids, practical information such as can you use strollers in Rome and where to buy baby supplies to the best things to do in Rome with baby or toddler in tow. View Post
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