Tweedlebud Kristi's
Tips for Travelling with a Baby

August 12, 2013


Hi everyone, I am Tweedlebud Kristi. 

I still call Canada home, however I am currently living and studying in Norway with my boyfriend and my daughter Tala. 


As many of you reading may know, I live for traveling, adventure and experiencing new cultures. Living in Norway allowed our new family an opportunity to plan an affordable and exciting first family trip abroad with our daughter (aka. Tweedle bud Tala) and my in laws to Belgium and Amsterdam. 


In Canada we don’t have the luxury of booking ultra cheap plane tickets like they do in Europe. For example, we paid 50 Euros for return tickets from Norway to Belgium. The day after we returned from the trip abroad we jumped on the train to Bergen, and did the Norway in a nut shell fjord tour. We have travelled by plane, train, car, boat and bus with our daughter and she is only 2.5 months old! (Born May 16, 2013)

It was essential for my boyfriend and I to begin traveling with our daughter as soon as possible after her birth. We have been blessed with a happy traveller. Part of this may have been due to my extensive travel during my pregnancy. I lived and/or visited 3 continents during my pregnancy. The countries include: Tanzania, South Africa, Norway, US, Colombia and Paris.

Pre-Departure Tips for New Parents:

I recommend to travel by plane, train and/or car when both parents and the baby are ready for it. Establish breastfeeding and get to know what your baby likes and does not like before you escape for a big trip. You will know when you are ready. 

We discussed with the midwife when traveling on an airplane is recommended and she told us around 6 weeks. We were of course over ambitious and thought we could travel sooner, but I am happy we took her recommendations and waited. We waited until Tala was 7 weeks and my in-laws were visiting from Colombia to all travel to Belgium by plane and then to Amsterdam by car. When we arrived back in Oslo on July 16th we repacked and the next day hopped on a 6 hour train ride to Bergen (West coast of Norway).


I swear by my philosophy of baby trips like baby steps. Take small trips at first for example to the store, to a friends place, to the beach, to another city close by, to a cabin, out camping etc. Not only does the baby become more comfortable outside of the home, so do you as parents.

Tala’s first trip was taking the tram and train home from the hospital 2 days after she was born in Norway. Taking several small trips by train and bus exposed her to stimuli and prepared her senses for extended holidays to foreign countries. To prepare her for the extended holiday abroad we took small trips to town, then to the fjord, to friends' houses, hiking near Oslo and then overnight in a remote hut. We got comfortable being away from home and out of our comfort zone before departing on our big adventure. Tala’s first plane trip was to Belgium, then we will go to Paris in a few weeks, then overseas to Canada in the Fall.


Be comfortable breastfeeding wherever, especially when your baby is young and hungry. Norway and Europe are very liberal, so breastfeeding in public is no issue. Get out with your baby even if it means feeding him or her on the street corner, in a park, on bench, in a cafe, walking in the forest, on the side of the road, on public transit, or on a plane etc.

Pack as lightly as possible, then you don’t have to worry about lugging tons of bags around. We packed several swaddle blankets for Tala, which are light and multi purpose. If you have a brand of diapers or wipes you really like, then check if the country you are traveling to carries the same or a similar brand. If the country has a comparable diaper, then you don’t have to worry or stress about not packing enough diapers or wipes.

If you are travelers like us, purchase a stroller that is really light and easy to fold up. Also choose a stroller that you can prop up or lie completely flat, then the stroller can be a baby chair and bed too. My sister recommended the City Mini GT made by Baby Jogger and we absolutely love it. I would also recommend buying a good rain cover for your stroller. It came in really handy for us!

Always have a baby carrier on hand because if your baby is curious and cuddly like ours, then they will want to be carried really often. Plus, it is great for the baby to look around and enjoy the sights too! Then if the stroller is empty, it makes a great place for storing food, cameras and shopping bags.

My mom bought us a portable change pad and it is all we use at home and on the road. When you have this pad you can change your baby on your lap, on a bed, on a chair, in their stroller etc. It allows you much more flexibility in changing your baby’s diaper, and does not limit you to finding a public toilet with a change table.

Try to book the family section or the Pram section on the trains in Europe. There is more space and it's a really comfortable way to travel with children of all ages.

Try booking apartments or request a family room when booking a hostel or hotel. Try the website airbnb, local bed and breakfasts or hostelworld. We booked an apartment in Amsterdam on airbnb. It was in a prime location, comfortable and perfectly set up for a baby. Plus, the owners gave us lots of locals tips on things to do and restaurants.

Travel and Flying tips: 

Seating on your flight is really important. Try to book a flight mid week that might not be full. Not only will you have more space, but you will save more money too. We flew on a flight that was not full, so we had a whole row to ourselves. We made sure one of us had easy access to stand up with Tala just in case she got fussy and wanted to move around. 

Before we departed, some seasoned family travelers told us to ensure our baby is hungry just before the plane takes off and lands in order to breastfeed Tala just at the perfect time to help relieve the pressure in her ears. During our first flight I was trying to breastfeed Tala as we took off to ensure her ears popped and she remained calm, but Tala was sleeping when we took off, and it did not even phase her that we were flying in the air. 


If you need help on the airplane, bus or train then don’t be afraid to ask. Most people have been in your position before, and are more than willing to lend a helping hand. 

Ask the rental car company to see all the car seats available for the weight of your baby and pick the best one. The car seat that was given to us had no pillow and was pretty uncomfortable. Tala had barely been in a car before our big trip, so this was our most challenging aspect. There was some screaming in the car seat, but we just pulled over lots and remained calm. On the last leg of the trip to Brussels we had finally mastered how to get Tala to remain calm and to sleep in her car seat!! 

Pack lots of nutritious snacks and water during your whole trip. It is important to keep everyone hydrated and fed, especially mama.

Finally, enjoy your trip as a new family. Be confident and flexible in your parenting and travel abilities. If things get stressful, take a deep breath and remember everything gets better with experience!




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3 comments:

  1. Great advice, Kristi! Congratulations on your beautiful baby and your exciting new life!

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  2. this is an awesome post!

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  3. Wow, what a fun trip. Thanks for the tips of travel with little ones. It can be daunting to even consider.

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