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Best ages to travel with babies/toddlers/kids?

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We have enough frequent flier miles to finally get to take the trip to Europe we were planning when I discovered I was pregnant. That child will be two next month, and I'm due with my second in August. We'd really like to go ASAP when the new one arrives, since in my thinking, if we want to ever amble through a big museum, we better do it when one can nap in a stroller and the other while being carried - by the time mid-morning naps disappear, so will "adult" activities like museums until probably they're in Junior High.

We're torn a bit, however, trying to figure out the best time to go: If we go when new baby is 6 mo or less, she's practically an accessory - I can wear her everywhere and I'll be nursing so I don't have to worry about strange foods, etc. The two-year old is a remarkably well-behaved child that still takes a good long nap every day - both pluses. But that also means we're looking at going in either November or Feb/March, which means we're bringing coats and risking bad weather. (We haven't even settled on a destination yet - leaning towards Rome or Florence since DH has never been). Option #2 is to wait until summer since my business revolves around the school year, which makes it a bit easier to get away, but that means we're looking at an almost 1-year old, and an almost 3-year old. They'll be more engaged, which is nice, but also potentially more particular about sleep, foods, etc. Since new one hasn't arrived yet, I don't know if she'll be as laid-back as her brother.... We also don't have the miles for 4 tickets, so whether she's an infant or a 1-year old, she'll be in laps for the whole long flight....Infant is definitely easier on that front. And Option #3 is to continue to put off the trip for God-knows-how-long while I mourn my previously well-traveled life... =)

In addition to advice on our particulars, I'd love a bit of a poll - with kids 2 years apart, what do you think the best ages to travel with them are? In our case, would you go for the probably easier infant stage but bad weather and having to check in at work while you were gone, or would you go for the nice weather, vacation from work, but two toddlers?

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