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What age is appropriate to first take children to Europe?

Old Apr 16th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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I am enjoying the posts.We have rented a place in Italy for two weeks.Along with parents we will be taking our first child,if the adoption is ever finished!By travel time our baby will be 10 months old.I would lover to hear more from those traveling with very young children.Thanks.
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Old Apr 16th, 2003, 02:09 PM
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I go to Europe solo every time without my husband. At least you will have your husband to help you! I went to Europe when I was 6 months pregnant with no problem. I returned again when my baby was 4 1/2 months old and stayed until she was 6 months old. Infants are not a problem, half the time they are sleeping. I walked around carrying her in a Baby Bjorn and was able to eat at restaurants, take walking tours, go shopping, etc with ease. I went returned to Europe this last July with my little one now at the age of 2 1/2 years, then again at Christmas/New Years at almost 3 years. Each time has been fine. Please note that elevators are not commonplace there and you have to get used to walking up and down stairs. It poses a bit of an inconvenience but is not a problem as someone usually helps out with the stroller and/or luggage. I am going back in July with her and looking forward to our trip! My little one is the most cultured toddler around - thanks to my Europe trips! If you wnt to go to Europe - take your baby with you, there is no need to wait. Relax and have fun - baby and all!
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I just came back from a trip to London with my mother and my 21 month old son. What a great time we had. This was our 4th trip to London so we didn't have much on our agenda except go to the playground everyday. We did manage to go to the zoo, aquarium, Millenium Eye, Science Museum, Wimbledon, and Regent's Park.

It was my son's 4th flight and his 1st overnight long distance flight. He slept on the flight and everyone around us was amazed that he didn't cry once. The folks in London seem to really love kids...strangers would come up to my son and talk to him. Most of the really nice restaurants require reservations, so we made sure to mention we had a child and were always accomodated by them (even the expensive places where my son was the only diner under age 10, had high chairs).

If you need a stroller, I highly recommend the Maclaren line of "pushchairs". Easy to fold and carry (my Daytripper model weighs about 10 pounds), you can recline the seats, has a small underseat basket big enough for a tote bag and they have big sturdy wheels for cobblestoned streets.
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