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Surprising Things About Travelling With A Baby | A Trip To Seville

Author: Lauren Coleman

Back in April, we went on our first family holiday. I have to say I’d never planned to go away when Felix was so small (he’d just turned five months) and had always been daunted about the idea of travelling with a baby. However, with my maternity leave drawing to a close and sensing Felix would be on the move soon it seemed like a fairly logical idea to pack our bags for a few nights and board a plane.

Travelling to Seville with a Baby

The holiday proved to be memorable for all the right reasons. I put a lot of effort into researching and planning but I was still surprised at how swimmingly the trip went. Here are a few things I learned along the way.

City Breaks Are An Option

In the past James and I have been to Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon to name but a few European cities. We’ve covered a lot of ground over long days and usually have a fairly packed itinerary which didn’t seem particularly conducive to travelling with a baby. However four years ago I visited Seville on a hen do and fell in love. Having swanned about the city taking in a few of the sights previously I knew I wouldn’t be fussed about cramming in all the landmarks and could take on more of a leisurely pace. The compact, flattish centre and short flight made it an ideal location and so the hunt began for an Airbnb. We booked a central apartment with great family orientated reviews for three nights.

You Don’t Have To Fork Out for Hold Baggage

As we all know, budget airlines like to suggest you’ll be paying a particular price and then load up the extras during the process. (Also aren’t under twos meant to be free? The admin charge to take an infant was higher than the cost of my outbound seat!) In an act of defiance, I refused to pay for hold luggage. A few tips for anyone else keeping their purse strings tight:

  • Try to find accommodation which already has a crib. Our gorgeous Airbnb was very well equipped and alongside a travel cot, had a baby bath and bouncer.
  • Most airlines allow two pieces of hold luggage for infants free of charge. It was impossible to find a taxi firm that wasn’t charging the price of a kidney for a car seat so we took our own for the transfer. As recommended by the rock my community on previous posts we bought a special carry bag from Amazon and piled it with nappies, blankets and wipes as well as the car seat.
  • Use fast track security. At Stansted they were offering two free fast track passes if you spent £20 on duty-free. In my mind this made the Bobbi Brown lipstick I had my eye on practically free.
  • A sling helps keep hands free when you’re ferrying the rest of the luggage through the cabin. A friend lent us a Baby Bjorn carrier and we use it all the time.

Passengers Aren’t Too Fussed About A Crying Baby

More than anything I was concerned about the flight and after a while I resigned myself to the fact that there were going to be tears. I followed all the tips (some of them below) to keep crying to a minimum but Felix let rip a couple of times. I didn’t notice any eye rolls or cross words, just sympathetic glances from other passengers.

  • Feed on the way up and down to help with any pressure build up in their ears
  • Pack a small non-noisy toy. These books from Jellycat are ace and seem to keep our little one entertained for a decent chunk of time.
  • If you travel nearer to nap time then hopefully the baby will sleep. Felix had an epic nap in Seville airport though so was wide awake for the whole flight home.

You Can Still Go Out For Dinner

It’s been a long process to get Felix to nap in his cot and at that point he was only napping on the move. This was actually perfect for the Spanish tapas dining culture. The minute he fell asleep we’d meander to the closest bar and order a few dishes and a glass of something cold. Everything came so quickly we’d manage to refresh ourselves while Felix slept in his pram. When he woke he’d have a feed and a bit of play and then we’d do a bit more sightseeing before we repeated the whole process again! We bought a small, easy to collapse stroller and borrowed a sunshade from a friend which was perfect for the days and the night too. We stayed in the first night but on the second and third did our normal night routine; bath with lullabies, into the sleep suit followed by a long feed. Then instead of putting Felix in his cot we put him into his pram and covered him with the snooze shade. It turned out April in Seville was far from balmy but a friend had given us a pram blanket with harness holes which kept him warm as we left the apartment for dinner but was really easy to remove when we got to a restaurant. We managed to enjoy two dinners while he slept soundly beside us.

Places we really enjoyed eating:

Almazen – great little cafe for breakfasts with organic food. Not far from Pilates House where the tiles are to die for.
La Monda – The staff were so friendly, the tapas menu was really unique and there were lots of families and other sleeping babes in there.
Ovejas Negra – In the Michelin guide so this place is jam packed. Prepare to queue! The risotto was amazing.

You Will All Enjoy It

Whenever anyone said their baby loved a particular experience I was a bit sceptical. It wasn’t until I had my own child that I realised that little ones, even those under six months can have a belter of a time. Felix was in is element! He squealed with delight as we wheeled him around Seville taking in all the sights and giggled his way around various parks as we played in the afternoon sun. It was one of the best holidays we’ve had and it gave us so many gorgeous memories.

Has anybody else found travelling with a baby less daunting than they anticipated? Anyone else fallen in love with Seville or looking forward to a trip there this summer?

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13 thoughts on “Surprising Things About Travelling With A Baby | A Trip To Seville

  1. Sounds like you had a really good time Lauren and well done on all the planning. I really think it’s easier when they’re little. Like you said they sleep quite a lot still, don’t run away from you and if you do it before weaning like you, you don’t need to cart too much stuff with you either. Our Gran Canaria holiday when Henry was 4 months old was a lot more relaxing than when he was nearly 1. We went to the same place so the only variable was Henry’s adventurous endeavours.
    Having said that it’s still worth the trouble to to travel with a toddler but young babies are actually as easy as it gets (until they’re 20 or something like that).

    1. Ha, yes I’m so glad we did it when we did. I’m sure it’ll be a lot harder when he’s a toddler!

  2. Our daughter has ended up being quite well travelled by accident!
    6months old when we took her to New York, 17 months when we went to Canada and we’ve got more planned!
    This doesn’t cover the hours spent in a car driving to mini breaks over the UK.

    Travelling with a baby/toddler comes with a truck-load of stress (for me) but being organised and having a snack or toy in every pocket means that you can’t go far wrong!

    Research is the name of the game and having a flexible itinerary can make the world of difference to all of you.

    Don’t let anyone say that babies stop you going away. They don’t!

    1. Amazing you went long haul with a little one. I was exhausted keeping him entertained for two and a half hours in a confined space – you’re a legend!

  3. Sounds like a great holiday! We went to Seville when Finley was 7 months and it was such a good trip. City breaks are perfect when there’s not too much you need to do and tick off but still lots to see while pushing the pram 🙂 xx

  4. I really fancy Seville, we were nearby this week last year on our campervan road trip of Andalucia but just couldn’t squeeze it all in. Maybe I’ll save it for when we have a baby instead 😂

  5. Think city breaks are ideal when they’re little, but well done you for seeing through the sleepless haze of the first six months and having the clarity to see that getting away whilst they’re not yet mobile is a good idea! I did Spain and Dublin with our boy at 6/7 months and it was definitely harder because of having started weaning, there’s sort of a stage where they always seem to be eating/having a milk feed/sleeping which can make it hard to fathom when to do things. Totally also think travel with toddlers can be fun as well, however the sleeping in restaurants bit doesn’t tend to happen so much I don’t think, more about chasing a toddler round the red restaurant, but much less labour intensive in lots of other ways as toddlers can do lots for themselves unlike 5 month olds! So lovely you had a fab time xx

  6. We took our then 7 month old to (literally) the other side of the world (Australia, Fiji and kiribati) and it was completely brilliant. I think there’s a perfect phase when baby is still feeding so not eating properly, still sleeping a lot and also not that mobile – and that’s when to travel! I was a bit daunted about the travel (flights to get there were 12 hours, 7 hours, 5 hours then 4!) but it was fine and he was so adaptable.

    We’ve actually travelled with him now that he’s older and it’s MUCH harder. We went to Fuerteventura when he was just starting to walk and it was exhausting because he didn’t want to sit in his seat, he insisted on walking up and down the aisle for 4 hours! I’m now planning to only do short haul until he’s a bit older! But even if it’s a hassle, it’s so amazing making memories abroad with kids. Will add to Seville to my bucket list!

    1. I did the aisle walking for 4 hours too on a flight to Tenerife with a 1 year old, torture!! I also got in trouble from the air hostess for letting him crawl up the aisle from front to back but the other passengers thought it was hilarious!! 🙂 Definitely travel when they’re either too wee to move or old enough to be entertained by an iPad! 🙂

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