Traveling in Europe with infants
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 20, 2013 5:09 AM Last Post By: mjenno
Oct 28, 2012 9:24 PM
Traveling in Europe with infantsHi,
Next year my hubby and I are planning a trip in July/August to Europe. We will have 2 infants with us (a 20 month and a 2 month year old). I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this and if anyone had done any tours or stayed anywhere especially infant friendly? I have googled a lot and I can't seem to find anyone specializing in infant travel. We would also appreciate any advice that people have on traveling with two under two.
Oct 29, 2012 6:48 AM
1I live in France and my children were born here so yes, we travel a lot within Europe.
Your question is too broad to answer but I'll give you some basics. You will be there at the hottest and most crowded time of year. With "infants" or really a toddler and a baby, I would recommend avoiding the whole Med area and planning visiting areas further north.
Most schools in Europe get out in July (Scandinavia earlier, Germany and the U.K. late July) so anywhere popular, or south should either be avoided or head there first.
Also, anything in August especially should be booked months in advance, like around January. Do NOT do any sort of tour with children this young. Either travel on your own or stay put in one or several places.
What do you want to do in Europe? Is this a sightseeing trip? Resort/beach type of vacation? Visiting friends/family??
Oct 29, 2012 7:32 AM
2I presume you don't mean coach tours which are totally unsuitable for infants. Travel with babies means working round their needs, they don't care where they are as long as those are met. Suggest long stays in self-catering places with the cot and baby stuff.
doesn't mean it can't be done, but it will be different and your sightseeing will be limited.
your post is garbled - if the younger will be 2 months you must only just have got out of bed :-) but I can't work out how you could have a 20 month old and a 2 year old?
Oct 30, 2012 2:35 AM
Oct 30, 2012 4:05 AM
4Sorry guys, proof read my post so many times and still missed that mix up. I am pregnant now and all going well (touch wood) I will have a 2 month old and a 20 month old.
To be more specific about our needs...
We would still like to do so some sightseeing and learning about new cultures, however we understand the needs of our kids will come first.
We realise that being based in an appartment will be easier, does anyone have any recommendations for places that can accommodate 2 kids in cots? Or a travel provider that has experience sourcing places?
We don't mind what we see, we are open to all ideas at the moment.
Thanks for the tips about the school holidays and the weather. Having travelled some of Europe by ourselves we have seen parts, but never with kids. We were thinking Barcelona, Iceland and one other location, perhaps somewhere in Germany, however we are still investgating and open to ideas. Please keep them coming!
Oct 30, 2012 4:46 AM
5ah, I see. Good luck with #2 and hope all does indeed go well.
Barcelona and Iceland - interesting mix, love it, but just more flying which is no fun with kids. I know nothing about the latter but not sure what you do there with babies, hopefully someone can advise. Barcelona will be pretty warm at that time of year.
don't know what you enjoy doing, but how about basing yourself somewhere that you can do easy day trips or stay home when you feel like it. The good old UK won't make you too hot and there's loads to see and do. Cornwall? (Rains a lot..) Wales? South coast? Shropshire/Welsh Borders?
just some ideas.
Oct 31, 2012 6:14 AM
6Barcelona can be hot and crowded in summer but we've survived it. I would recommend heading there first.
Iceland might be expensive and hard to get to.
Places to stay depend on where you're going. I haven't tried it but my sister swears by VRBO, people renting out second homes. My husband wants a hotel so we don't go that route.
Feb 20, 2013 5:09 AM
7I travelled some of Europe with an 18 month old, I would recommend avoiding hotels, can be very hard for them to get any sleep without locking yourself in the bathroom. There are lots of places that provide short term apartment bookings for reasonable prices. Good luck!
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