An infant makes an excellent travel partner! They can easily be strapped into a baby carrier or stroller, will fall asleep virtually anywhere and overall will just enjoy being with mom and dad.
We love travelling with our baby as we scout out the best places to travel to with an infant.
Just because you have a new baby, it doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck at home. Now is a great time to make memories with your little one and travel the world!
Best Places To Travel With A 2 Year Old
Many families avoid travelling with kids younger than 6 because it is tricky. But if you plan now, your 2 year old can be an impressive travel companion.
Yes they will get tired and you will be constantly carrying them, but they are worth every moment and every ounce of effort. They will help you appreciate what you have and learn to love your home even more.
Also travelling at this age means that they don’t really have any memories of their life before you go. So you can mould their life experiences and develop their love for different cultures.
When our eldest was 2, we spent a few weeks in Vietnam. If we didn’t have to carry him, we would have visited more historical and cultural sites. We also learned that you really need to travel with a local who can help translate and navigate you through unknown areas.
It is also important to remember that while they will be with you, their little brains are absorbing everything around them. They can’t tell you about it, but you will be the one who helps them sift through it all.
3 Steps To Perfect Backpacking With Infants
Of course the best travelling experience is one that is prepared for well in advance. I know it is a lot of work and time to book all the travel and register for all of your toddler classes and activities. But, it is SO worth it.
We have researched the best places to travel with your infant, things to pack, and researched some fun activities that your 2 yr old toddler girl or boy would love.
Backpacking With Infants
Backpacking with infants is the ultimate family adventure. You get to see the world while spending every day with your children. I remember when my wife and I decided to take our daughter backpacking in Europe… It was the trip of a lifetime. We explored areas of the world that I never thought I would see.
But backpacking with infants and toddlers is a whole different beast.
You need to pack light and be prepared for any scenario. You have to consider that the little one is going to need you to stop and feed them every couple of hours, they will get tired faster than you do, and you will have to act like a taxi cab. But how do you prepare for the best trip of your lifetime with your infant without bitching about all of the extra work?
You start by doing your best to keep that child happy. Here are some tricks to keep a toddler happy on a 12 day backpacking trip.
Carry the Baby
If you find that you have a crying infant on your hands, do not let yourself become frustrated. Instead, take a deep breath and take care of the issue at hand. If the baby is hungry, change the baby, feed the baby, and walk around with the baby in the carrier. If the baby is tired, take a walk and hold the baby. If the baby needs a nap, find a central sleeping spot in a park or on a bridge.
No matter the situation… you need to keep yourself happy because if you do not keep yourself happy, you will not be able to handle the situation at hand.
Give the Toddler a Toy
If you are in a crowd or on a bus and you feel like your toddler is pitching a fit, give your toddler a toy. Bring toys to keep the toddler occupied while you are moving around.
Play an Activity Wise
If you are in a situation where your toddler has run out of things to do, or you finished a travel game, read an activity. I love these books, they keep the baby engaged and they are pretty cool for your two year old toddler girl or boy.
Ask Your Toddler Questions
If you are in a situation where the child is screaming and crying (because you are in a crowd or in a moving van)… stop and ask your toddler a question that they have not been asked in a while. For example, if you are in a public place, stop and ask them if they know the name of their favorite toy.
Give Your Toddler a Small Drink
If your toddler is crying and hysterical because they are thirsty, give them a drink. It is not easy to travel with toddlers, but you can find ways to make the toddler happy.
Set Them Down to Sleep
If you are in an airplane, train, or bus and your toddler is fighting sleep, set them down and let them sleep. You can either find a nap sack to let the toddler sleep more comfortably, or you can lay your baby down on a blanket in your lap.
Try a Cape Sleeping Bag
The cape sleeping bag is great for long car rides, train rides, and plane rides. The baby will feel cozy and enclosed, and you will still have freedom of movement to read, walk, talk to the people sitting around you, and plan the next few days of your trip.
A cape sleeping bag is money well spent.
If you are going to take your 6 month old on a big trip but you don’t want to spend thousands on airline tickets and travel gear, plan to fly to Europe and take the train or bus around the world.
Not only will it be cheaper, but you will have more flexibility to move on if your trip does not go as planned.
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