This is the easiest age to travel with a baby. Trust me. We backpacked across the world with our son from when he was 6 months old to 11 months old. If we can do it, anyone can do it. Jacob travelled to 12 countries when he was between the ages of 6 months and 12 months old. We travelled to a Pacific Island, North America, and all across Europe.
The Benefits of Travelling with a Baby from 6 Months to 1 Year Old
This is a really great age for travelling with a little one. At this age your little one is suddenly becoming a lot more interested and engaged with the world around them. Suddenly everything becomes interesting to your little one, and the more stimulus and engagement that you can provide them, the better. And what better way to engage rapidly growing little minds than all the new experiences you have while travelling?
Children this age are still fairly immobile, so they don’t mind the occasional long train or car ride, and long days in the stroller don’t phase them. They are also very easy to fly with at this age, and still easily fit into the bulk head infant beds.
Children at this age will have have one of two favourite toys, but you won’t need to worry about packing a whole lot of entertainment and toys for them as just experiencing the world around them is entertainment enough for kids this age. When we travelled with Jacob at this age we only took a few stroller toys with us – the kind that attach to the stroller with all the little bells and mirrors and things like that.
The Disadvantages of Travelling with a Baby from 6 Months to 1 Year Old
Children at this age still do require quite a bit of extra luggage. And extra luggage is a pain in the butt! You need to pack bottles, blankets, bibs, feeding equipment, sterilization equipment, carriers and car seats, nappies and baby food. It really does add up quickly. Considering that we normally travel carry on only, we really did have a scary amount of luggage with us when we went around the world with little Jacob.
Another thing to account for is that as your little one gets older, and as they start to learn to crawl and maybe even toddle (our Jacob didn’t walk until just after his first birthday), that they may become less tolerant of sitting still in their stroller or car seat for longer periods of time.
However it is still much easier travelling with this age group than with a toddler (in terms of allocating time for exercise).
Essential Things to Pack when Travelling with a Baby from 6 Months to 1 Year Old
The following list are things that we found indispensable when travelling with our little one. Your own child’s unique needs will decide what you may want to remove from the list, and what you may want to add.
- Clothes for 4 – 5 days of travel plus pyjamas. Because we were travelling through countries in the winter, and hand washing as we went, it took our clothes a little longer than usual to dry. Because of this I found that taking 4 – 5 outfits (instead of my usual 3 -4) was very helpful. Having an extra change of clothes is especially useful for little ones who like to get dirty.
- Bibs for cleaning up messages and spit up.
- Muslin wraps and blankets for night time and naps
- Bottles and/0r sippy cups
- You will need something to ensure you are able to sterilize your bottles and feeding equipment. We packed milton sterilizing tablets with us. These dissolve in water and are easy and light to carry around. We also brought a bottle brush with us. Many hotels don’t have kitchen facilities, so we had to clean the bottles in the bathroom sink.
- Plastic spoons and a plastic bowl for feeding
- A couple stroller toys for keep little ones occupied
- Your baby medical kit
- A good stroller for travelling
- A baby carrier if you are going to be doing any hiking or if you prefer to not use a stroller as much
- Jacob is lactose intolerant, and many countries do not sell soy baby formula. Because of this, when travelling to places like Greece and the Balkins, we had to pack a large enough supply of soy baby formula to last us through our entire trip.
- We always kept at least a day or two worth of baby food in sachets or jars. These made for really easy and convenient meals for him while we were on the go, or if the food we were eating was too spicy or not suitable for a little tummy.