Our baby travel outtakes & the lessons we’ve learnt 

Our baby travel outtakes & the lessons we’ve learnt 

We are relatively lucky that in all our years of travelling we have not had too many big disasters. One of the worst was losing our luggage in Uganda before going gorilla trekking! The abundance of wine we were travelling with helped but it taught us always to have the essentials in our hand luggage! Oh and travelling with wine is always a good idea! You can read more about our disastrous Ugandan luggage experience here!

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Wine helped drown our sorrows in Uganda – explains the blurry camera work!

But now we have a baby a whole new world of travel worry and outtakes open up! And I think it’s only fair to talk about them as I know some family travel bloggers can be guilty of only showing the good bits. So without further ado here are our travel outtakes and the lessons we have learnt from travelling with a baby!

Fair warning: there will be a lot of poo in this post!

When travelling with a baby I always dread the airports. Some airports are great – I’m looking at you Doha and Barcelona! But we have had some terrible experiences at airports. Some are just downright Unhelpful airports! When travelling solo at Birmingham, we were left to struggle on our own in a big queue and on another occasion they took over 30 minutes checking the babies food while the baby was screaming with hunger! Top tip prepare for the worst and make sure you feed baby before going through security just in case there are big queues and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are travelling solo with a baby. You can read more about our worst airport experience here!

The plane poo explosion! 

Babies bowels are – I’m sure linked to the seatbelt sign. As soon as we are going down and can no longer move little lady always seems to give us a big and leaky present!

But we’ve learnt that Spare clothes are not just needed for the baby! There is nothing worse than the seatbelt sign going on and hearing that all too familiar grunt followed by a sudden dampness on your top!

One of the most memorable if not planned aspects of baby travel has been having to do an impromptu feed and change in St. Peter’s square in the rain. Not timing feeds right might seem like a disaster but actually is one of my fondest memories of our trip to the Vatican. Not many people can say they got naked in St. Peter’s square and got away with it!

Impromptu feed in St. Peter’s

Top tip be flexible and go with the flow! Baby travel is all about flexibility and slow travel!

Keeping in the Italian theme – the worst of all our baby travel experiences has to be experiencing an earthquake in Rome.  I’d never experienced an earthquake before and it was terrifying. Luckily Wandermust daddy knew all the info about what to do and made sure Baby E had safe sleeping arrangement for the night! The hotel was also great checking on all the guests.

Pre earthquake – before we had to move away from things in walls and ceiling

 

Top tip make sure you read up on safety advice before travelling anywhere with risks of earthquakes. This is important for everyone not just for those travelling with children!

Before we had the baby to us the accomodation was somewhere we just slept in but now we have a baby the accomodation is more important. We have had some great experiences and some not so good. Our worst was having a hotel that was loud and unfriendly. (You can read our full review of the hotel Miramar here)

Our worst hotel experience at hotel Miramar



Top tip make sure you think about new requirements like a tranquil setting even in the city! Also remember that you will probably be travelling with more stuff so make sure you book big enough accomodation (you may also be interested in our guide to picking the right cruise cabin for your family).

Before being a mum I would have said my worst nightmare would have been forced to eat Macdonalds on a luxury city break. But this is what happened on pur recent trip to Stockholm. The baby just did not want to go back in the sleep suit and I could just tell teh evening was going to be a non starter. After an earlier bad experience with room service Wandermust Daddy went on the hunt for food. All he could find was a MacDonalds. Now some of you may see this as a wasted evening but it was one of my favourite memories of the trip. It wasn’t a photo opportunity but we spent a lovely evening as a family playing on our massive King sized bed and I wouldn’t change that memory for anything!

Illness  is the biggest worry of any family traveller. We always check the NHS fit for travel website before we go to make sure we always know it is baby suitable. And we have been lucky so far in that our baby has not got ill while away yet but it’s important to know what to do in these situations and know where and what you would do.
While our baby hasn’t been ill while away she has been ill before we were due to go on holiday which meant we had to cancel. This is probably our biggest travel change and disaster we have had so far. Someday I’ll get chance to go back in the Seychelles – sob!  Top tip –As a couple we would just go but you can’t with a baby. Now we only buy refundable rates. We are still waiting for plane fares to be returned to us via insurance while the refundable hotel rate was returned immediately. For slightly extra we find it’s worth having this flexibility!

Though we have had some minor travel blips in our first ten months of travelling with a baby but at the end of the day travelling with my baby still beats any day of travelling without her! For more about why we enjoying travelling with a baby check out our post here

39 Comments

  1. February 1, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Oh yes, we have had many poop explosions both on planes and on road trips. I’ll tell you, it is not fun cleaning poop off of a car seat, either. And I’ve even once changed a poopy diaper on my lap on a plane (which I don’t actually think is allowed but I was desperate.) You gotta do what you gotta do 😉 #TravelLinkup

    • February 1, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      The car seat is called the poo seat in our house. ?.

  2. February 1, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Hahaha so much poo. Great idea to include tips too

    • February 1, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      I didn’t want to scare people off baby travel as we love it lol!

  3. February 3, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Oh my! An earthquake.. that’s scary but I get the whole poo-splosion issues. Not only is it timed on take off/landing but my two seem to be in sync. I have to say the whole experience has done wonders for my ability to deal with any situation but I am SO GLAD those days are behind us and we are now nappy free!! Thanks for joining us on #farawayfiles

    • February 3, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Gosh double trouble! Thankfully only one for the time being

  4. February 4, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    The worst tales make for the best stories though, don’t they? Nobody ever tells you about exploding poo and poo all the way up their back before you have a baby, do they? Your earthquake story really does sound frightening though. Thank goodness you were all okay. Thanks for sharing your stories on #FarawayFiles

    • February 4, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      There are so many things you only discover when baby comes! The secrets of parenthood lol! All fine from earthquake but scary experience

  5. February 6, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Babies and poo, there’s always so many stories to tell. My most memorable was it shooting out my daughter’s leg onto the office carpet when I took her in when she was little. Talk about embarrassed! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays. See you next week!

    • February 6, 2017 / 7:16 am

      Haha my daughter did exactly the same when I took her into my bosses office for the first time! I haven’t brought her back in lol

  6. February 6, 2017 / 7:22 am

    All the poo! I loved this – very helpful and very honest about the realities of travelling with our little moneys xx #marvmondays

    • February 6, 2017 / 7:29 am

      Thank you. We love travelling with babies but think it is important to be realistic and not just show rose tinted world. Though we are lucky that we have an easy baby (she says hoping she hasn’t just jinxed herself)

  7. February 6, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Oh no poop explosions are the worst and on a plane. How embarrassing. My daughter has had one of those on a train but not a plane, yet! Haha. #MarvMonday

    • February 6, 2017 / 8:36 am

      They are all terrible but worst in confined spaces

  8. February 7, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Not going to lie – glad these stories, challenges and troubles are behind me! Did it times three! Now my travel challenges are engaging teenagers in travel planning and execution and trying to make travel more interesting than the device in their hand! Usually it works! Keeping essentials in the hand luggage is KEY for any age! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles – keep up the traveling!

    • February 7, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Thank you – it’s lovely to hear how you manage to travel with teenagers

  9. February 8, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Some valuable family travel lessons here (especially about choosing refundable travel options and being prepared for inevitable poo explosions!!). It’s great that some of these unexpected situations turned into your favourite memories from these trips.

    Polly xx

    • February 8, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment polly! I always find the best moments in travel are when you least expect them

  10. February 8, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Travelling with a baby sounds so difficult – but so rewarding!

    • February 9, 2017 / 5:02 am

      It is the best travel experience we have ever had even with the poo!

  11. April 4, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I must admit I put way more thought into our accomodation now. Pre-baby I would basically book the cheapest thing that didn’t have completely terrible reviews. Now I find the location much more important. And facilities such as fridge and kettle are essential. And if there are facilities such as swimming pools or playgrounds within our budget then so much the better! #familytraveltips

    • April 4, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Yes completely agree I spend much more time on accommodation now

  12. April 4, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Oh you poor things losing all your luggage before a gorilla trek! I was planning to do that in Kinshasa, but it was deemed little unsafe at the time. Your post did make me laugh ( with you) as it so different travelling with little ones and easier to laugh once it is over ( and with wine) Checking the NHS website is a really good tip. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  13. April 4, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    As a lesser travelled missus over here, this advice is invaluable. I have pinned it for when our circumstances (health) finally allow us to travel further than the UK. I’m defo going to read up on your cruise post too.

    Ps. What better place to pause for a lunch break than the Vatican! ?

    #familytraveltips

    • April 4, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you – I really hope the blog can help and inspire others! Nothing wrong with uk travels looking forward to doing more when we return home

  14. April 4, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I loved this post!! It really made me smile! What is it with baby poo that seems to travel up their backs (normally soon after you have changed them!) great tips though. We have had to use the doctors before on holiday and I think once this happens it really makes you think for your next holidays doesn’t it!? Thanks for sharing #FamilyTravelTips

    • April 5, 2017 / 5:10 am

      Sorry you had to use the doctors on holiday. I think you think about doctors and location of medical facilities much more once your little one has been unwell

  15. April 5, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Great post, gosh you’ve really had some experiences while you’ve been travelling haven’t you? The earthquake sounds so scary! Great advice on checking NHS fit for travel, it’s just my worst nightmare that one of the kids gets ill away from home. Thank you so much for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

  16. April 6, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Enjoyed reading this! An honest look into those little mishaps that come with traveling with a baby but I agree, it is such a great experience and worth it in the end. I take loads of time researching our accommodation now, those extra amenities or services can make a big difference when you’re traveling with young ones. #FamilyTravelTips

  17. April 13, 2017 / 1:49 am

    I love this post! Such great tips, and very honest! There’s a lot of poo when you have a baby, and that’s just the truth! Haha #HMCapturingMoments

  18. May 31, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    We’ve not done travelling abroad yet with our little but do train around the uk and nappy fun on route is always a tad traumatic!! I love these sort of posts keep em coming!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  19. June 1, 2017 / 7:01 am

    Poo explosions are never fun but on a plane has to be the worst, trying to use those awful changing tables that pull down over the toilet is a nightmare I’m glad I’ll never have to repeat; they’re never level, they are slippy, have no edges and the plane is moving, trying to change a wriggling and screaming baby covered in poo on one is practically impossible!
    #FamilyFun

    • June 1, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      As a westerner I eat a big breakfast and make sure I plan my mealtimes

  20. June 3, 2017 / 9:54 am

    So glad my boys are out of nappies now. Poops whilst travelling are hard work! Looks like you have some amazing Travel experiences and priceless memories #familyfunlinky

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