Europe with infants and toddlers: Daily itineraries
There aren’t many places you can’t take your mini-me. The Louvre is still spectacular. The Nuremburg Christmas Market is still awe inspiring. The canals in Amsterdam are still breathtaking. Why are we special? Well, we’re not, just different. However, touring Dublin in 36 hours isn’t going to happen while still maintaining our sanity.
Our first big trip in Europe was a long weekend in Paris. From Saturday afternoon until our train left on Monday afternoon, we managed to see several major attractions: The Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Mind you, we did not go inside or to the top of these landmarks, but there is a big fat check mark on my bucket list.
How can we accomplish what others do? Well, how do you eat an elephant? By taking one bite at a time. Our bites are just smaller. Here are a few tips when planning your trips with an infant and/or toddler.
• Make your bucket list – If you haven’t noticed by now, I really love to make lists! Make a list of all the things you want to do and see, and then prioritize them. Plan no more than one morning and one afternoon activity based on your top “must-see” list. This should give you, I mean, the kids time for a much-needed midday nap. Just in case you don’t make it back to this city, you will leave feeling accomplished.
• Start your day early - Why not? Everyone is probably up with the chickens anyway, so take advantage of that time. Often times you can avoid lines and crowds if you go early.
• Make reservations – Whether it’s buying advanced tickets or for a meal, avoiding wait times is huge! Children this age don’t really understand the idea of having to wait for a table. All they know is, “I’m hungry, so feed me!”
Try not to be too anxious when traveling with your munchkins. They are more resilient than you think!
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