At 10 weeks old and half term for the kids, we decided our first flying trip as a family of 4 would be to Spain.
📷: Basilica de Santa Maria la real de Covadonga – situated up in the mountains.
But first, some travel tips.
In no particular order for a new family of 4. Abigail (toddler is almost 3.5 years old) and Addison is 10 weeks old.
- Ask if it’s a full flight so always gate check your pram and infant car seat. It could be an empty flight so you may be able to use the car seat on the flight free of charge.
- Bring baby bottle cleaning supplies. To keep it compact, I brought a new toothbrush, sponge, and baby cleanser (we bought 3 bottles to use for this trip)
- Muslin blankets since they are super compact, quick to dry, and much more easier to pack than fleece. Also, good to line bedding or other surfaces you want baby on. My current favorite shop because of their adorable prints and super soft material are from Bebeaulait. They’re coming out with a new line mid November with Unikiki 2.0 Tokidoki.
- Babywear! This made things so much easier especially in small restaurants, crowded places, or just historic places with no lifts. We used the ergo with our first but converted to the Miamily hipster carrier and are head over heels in love. The back support is amazing to walking around all day and our little falls asleep so quickly in it! Plus, I love how they’re sitting on a seat and there is a zippered pouch to put some goodies in as well. A definite must have if your babe likes to be held (who doesn’t right?)
📷: Miamily-ing it while hiking to the super blue waterfall in the Amescoa Baja Navarre
- Resealable bags – so handy for snacks, small items, and for liquids not to spill everywhere.
- Comfortable, quick to dry nursing bras. You just don’t know when it needs to be washed. My current favorite is the Bravado body silk nursing bra. It’s wire free and easy to mold to your changing body. The material is great, comfortable to sleep in, and easy to snap the latch with one hand. I wish I had known I can use this when I had the bump.
- Bathing the littlest is probably the hardest when you’re traveling so we gave more so sponge baths on top of a hotel towel. Yes, bring a sponge! Btw – the sponges (inexpensive) I’m in love with are from Trader Joe and come compact until you stick them in water the first time. They’re orange colored and perfect for washing the face and body. We also love using our Momme 2 in 1 wash gel. I think it has really helped in clearing her cradle cap!
- Most importantly, relax and have fun. You’re not visiting a 3rd world country just quite yet with your kids so you will be able to find something if you forget or need it.
📷: San Sebastian
📷: OMG – the pinxtos (similar to what we call tapas) are AH-MAZING! If you’re ever in this town, definitely visit this place. Pictured is foie gras and pork shoulder.
📷: Picture perfect stay at the Eguren Ugarte in the Rioja Alavesa. Going on the lift you see the cave with wine barrels. WOW!
📷: Visited the Cune Vina Real winery designed by French architect Philippe Mazieres. It was made to look like a wine barrel and also functional with the gravity installation to make wine.
📷: Bilbao was wonderful and everyone kept saying how it’s a very safe city. There are parks everywhere for the kids and of course tasty food!
📷: Even Abigail enjoyed this place as much as we did!
📷: Guggenheim Bilbao (designed by Frank Gehry)
Cheers for now and thanks for reading! xx