But then we realised that the car and car seat were good stuff, so every morning we were ready in the car at 9:00am – ‘start driving, now!,’ the wrap across the car seat to give him shelter and peace, me on the phone to check weather reports – where does it rain the least? And then off to a new town. Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, etc. We got to see it all, haha! And that’s how we found a rhythm. Sort of. But proper rest is something we’re yet to catch up on so that’s what we’re working on now.
All of a sudden I’ve got this slight sympathy with all-inclusive holidays, what with their kids’ entertainment programmes and pool safety nets, haha! It’s those little things that count – does the accommodation have two separate rooms, and a sofa, so you can hang out a little bit after tucking in the baby? Does it come with a deck? A bit of grass for the baby to play on? How about the pool? Does it have a shallow end? Is it heated? Is the restaurant service quick (such a BUMMER that they only start eating at around 7pm in Italy)? Where might one do ones laundry?
But it’s also really healthy to shake up your habits a little bit from time to time; it really does create confidence in terms of parenting and your child’s abilities. He can do this as well! It all works out fine, including the inconsistent naps.
As I received lots of questions on our choice of gear along the way, I’ll approach that topic here – hoping that I may have my Florence guide ready as the next thing.
We had brought a single wrap, a good silk / cotton mix, but we actually ended up using it as a cover across the stroller rather than a wrap, in order to make Eddie fall asleep. Across the car seat to shelter him from impressions. But also e.g. on the plane, under my arm, so he could sleep and cuddle. It was great to have along – but wasn’t used as intended. In that sense, wraps are brilliant as well – they are multifunctional!
Just want to add an important comment – if you cover buggies, strollers, etc, with a cover, fabric nappy or similar, it’s important to avoid complete sealing, but to allow for air circulation through nice big holes on the sides, in order to avoid a life-threatening congestion of carbon dioxide. It can get quite hot under the cover too – a woman screamed at us in Nice, actually stopped her car and rolled down the window and shouted at us to make us aware that we’d covered it up. Without being able to see, though, that we knew what we were doing.
The reason why we didn’t use the wrap was that we’d taken an ergobaby – I’d bought an Ergobaby Omni 360 in mesh (which is pretty airy – ours is a warm baby) before leaving, with Adam using it at home as a second function in mind. He’s not into the big wrapping show after we’ve started using the woven wrap. And we still both wanna carry him. The Artipoppe is also good, but he’s so big now that he wants to be able to see what’s going on and face outwards. That’s not possible in an Artipoppe, but in an Ergobaby it is. This 360 model also fits onto the back – but on the back, babies are more comfortable in a fixed wrap than in the ergo. They aren’t positioned high enough to see beyond your shoulder in an Ergobaby. Additionally, I do find that he sleeps better and longer in a wrap, but when you’re travelling and want to limit gear, the Ergo is handy. With its click system it’s so quick and easy to strap on.
On top of that, we’ve bought a few ‘pads’ to click on and off the carrier straps, which are removable and washable. As they get so smudged and soiled, this will keep them longer.
We also brought a travel buggy– a Babyzen Yoyo, which excels by being accepted as a carry-on. It’s a very nice buggy, way sturdier than most others I’ve seen – the classic umbrella buggies. Great quality!
But it’s still very ‘travel-like,’ and Eddie was simply just too small for it. It can’t be put in a horisontal position, which he’s used to, and it’s incredibly low, positioning him very far from us. I also don’t think he’s big enough for getting that many impressions thrown in his face, sitting outwards, and so far from the safety of us. He took a few naps in it, but otherwise he was in the Ergobaby the entire time. Turned inwards when sleeping and outwards when ready for play and impressions. The buggywas with us on most drives, but mostly for storing camera, diaper bag, his food, water, extra clothes for changes in weather, etc.
I’m guessing it will be really handy when he gets a bit bigger, the buggy – and then it’s genius that it’s so easily foldable. It’s likely to be handy at home as well, for outings – now that we have a micro car. It really takes up no space.
We’d also considered Naturesway, but dropped it again. We brought his duvet and a blanket and a shawl. We’d booked baby beds for all accommodations, but as we still sleep together, we didn’t use them at all.
The car seat came with the rental car – it was made from cheap plastic crap, but it worked out. And in three-and-a-half weeks we used two packages of baby wipes, 2.5 packages of Naty diapers, two bags of ‘Hyggegrød’ for mornings and just short of a container of Lactocare C drops.
Finally, we had a bib, two melamine bowls with spoons, a sippy cup, a stick blender (which we only used twice – the myriad of changes in the beginning meant that he only wanted to be breastfeed, why we dropped purees), 8 Ella’s Kitchen, small snacks for chewing, a towel, four fabric diapers and a few toys. I ended up giving him my Ladurée box from my birthday, which he’s been playing with ever since – with its shiny silvery lining it’s pretty exciting. But that also gives you an indication of how many toys are required.