Many moms think that having a baby keeps you grounded--like really stuck inside the house, feeding, changing nappies, and what not. Understandably, you might not yet feel comfy leaving baby behind to go on a trip. If you decide to bring yout little one with you, you'd change your mind thinking you have to bring the whole house with you. Agree?
If you answered yes, well, that really doesn't have to be the case. Take this mom who ttok advantage of maternity leave and traveled around the world, with her baby in tow!
London-based Karen Edwards, originally from Ireland, and partner Shaun Bayes, originally from New Zealand, didn't let having a newborn baby stop them from traveling the world. When Karen, a nurse, went on her maternity leave, she took advantage of the time to pack a bag and travel the world with Shaun and their then 10-week-old baby daughter Esme.
Since setting off on their first adventure, the family have been to Karens hometown in Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and HongKong and New Zealand. Little Esme is now 17 months old and is currently in Cambodia, and then after that, they're off to Thailand.
If you're worried about littel Esme, she's breastfeeds so milk is not an issue. Before the trip, she was also given the necesary travel vaccinations so she won't get sick overseas. And this mom, like any other, avoided traveling to coutnrie where there is a risk for infevtious disease, such as malaria.
Her adventurous mum believes that the once-in-a-lifetime trip was completely worth it. "Both Shaun and I were keen backpackers before I fell pregnant and everyone thought we were completely nuts when we said that we were going to take Esmé when she arrived," Karen told The Daily Mail. She wanted to share with other families personal accounts of her family's travels on her blog Travel Mad Mum "to inspire like-minded travel loving parents [that] ‘Your travel days do not have to be over’,"
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So nest time you want to go off on an adventure, take your child with you. Prep and roll with the punches. Besides, it has one big benefit for the little ones. Early childhood educator Teacher Tanya Franco Velasco, CEO and founding member of GURUFIRM said taking the kids outdoors, traveling with them and trying new activities makes them better life-long learners.
Head on to Karen's blog and follow her Instagram for more first-hand tips on traveling with children.
Sources February 8, 2016. "Meet the tiny backpacker who’s already travelled round three continents before her first birthday" (metro.co.uk) Febraury 8, 2016. "The World's Youngest Backpacker: Nurse Takes Her 10-week-old Baby Around The Globe For TEN MONTHS While On Maternity Leave" (dailymail.co.uk)