Four weeks ago, as you probably have seen on my Instagram feed, we did our first family vacay of four (Zuma included :-)). In this blog post I wanted to share with you some impressions and tipps for your next travel with baby.
The hotel which we visited is called “Mohr Life Resort” in South Tirol and is a beautiful design hotel nestled around the Alps with direct view to the Zugspitze. When traveling Heinz and myself prefer to book small and individual hotels with charm and character. So the Mohr Life Resort was the perfect choice for us and this family trip was Heinz xmas present. I love to give him presents like this because this is something individual and will always stay in your memories, especially the first family trip with your little baby!
A few days before our journey started I ensured myself by calling the hotel again and checked if they will put a baby crib, changing mat, electric kettle and baby towel into our hotel room because this saved me some space in my luggage.
The morning on which we drove to South Tirol I made sure to start the day right after my routine and we made ourselves on our way at around about ten o´clock, the normal time in the mornings when I leave the house with Emma and Zuma to do our errands. She was just a brave baby on our way by car to the hotel which only took us about four and a half hours and was mainly the time on sleep.
On our first four nights we stayed in the hotel room called “Family Suite” which is perfect, as the name already says, for families because you have two separated rooms which each en-suite bathroom that meant a lot of space for our little Emma ;-). The last night we changed the hotel room to the so called “Garden Spa Suite” and it was big room with a beautiful terrace and Zuma loved to go outside whenever he wanted and played around.
I am a big fan of routine because Emma is a more satisfied and happy baby when having her fixed time schedule. So I tried to keep up with it in our holiday as well and make it easier for me as well to travel with baby. Probably you have already read my post about baby´s daily routine and it truly helps me to go through the day more satisfied as a mommy as well.
In our room called Family Suite I put Emma´s crib in the floor so it was in between the two bedrooms and I was able to hear her waking up, in the Garden Spa Suite there was no extra room so I put her little crib right next to our masterbed (she has no issue when we watch TV, she is not a noise sensitive baby, of course we turn the volume down a little bit). It helped me to plan my day after Emma´s nap times as well, I mean to be a mommy means to be a mommy manager, right ;-)? When we went to dinner in the evenings, normally between eight and half past eight, I swaddled her and put her a few minutes earlier before we left in her baby cradle of her stroller and she fell asleep after a few minutes, sometimes she needs to fall asleep more time but then I let her watch what happens outside but don´t talk to her anymore and take her out, to give her the feeling it is no more playtime and she can rest.
Things I always pack in my luggage are for example Sab Simplex drops, Q Tips, thermometer, nail clippers, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, 50 SPF, diaper cream, baby lotion, diapers, diaper wipes, toys (her favorite ones plus two books) and don´t forget the sun hats.
During the daytime we spent a lot of time in the swimming pool of the hotel and you could Emma watch to be more and more confident with water every day. I liked to watch her to have fun in the water with her daddy and it melted my heart…. As the surrounding of the hotel was so stunning beautiful, the fresh air, the odor of fresh gras, the mountains we went outside a lot and Emma loved to be carried in her Solly Baby Wrap. Sometimes, when I am not in such a good condition, I take her stroller with me so my back doesn´t hurt as much but it depends on my mood. When going to town I normally take my stroller every time.
On the day we drove home again I started my morning quite after my routine, went with Zuma for a long walk and gave Emma some milk afterwards so she was totally done 😉 and she slept afterwards when we drove home. We made a short stop over and walked around with her so she could watch the people and the surroundings and afterwards played a bit in the car with her until she fall asleep again (she likes to look at people, catch their looks and then give them a big smile, such a cute baby girl). Normally, when she is awake I try to entertain her as much as I can in order that she experiences a lot and normally she becomes tired from all her impressions very fast. I love her her so much and travel with baby is such an awesome experience for me and pretty exciting!
If you have any further questions on how to travel with baby please let me know and I try to answer them.
Have a good day and take care.