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)
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).
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.
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.
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.