Zoe Foster Blake says you should travel with your baby - this is why

Little Rudy is a seasoned traveller.
Little Rudy is a seasoned traveller.  Photo: Instagram

Having a tiny baby is probably the most exhausting thing you'll do in your life, and you could be forgiven for wanting to get your baby (and the rest of the family) into a routine you can count on – so you can get some sleep and feel like a real-life human again.

But Zoe Foster Blake has another idea, and she thinks you might want to try it. Zoe recently travelled to New Zealand with husband Hamish Blake, 3-year-old son Sonny and 3-month old daughter Rudy and she swears travelling with a baby is going to make you happier.

Travelling with a baby? Okay, I'll be the first to admit, it does sound a bit mad. Some days when I was home with a baby, getting to the letterbox and back seemed like an expedition. But Zoë swears it's great for the whole family.

"Some say travelling with an infant is lunacy, but in my experience it's a YES! And a vital rut breaker," Zoe posted to her Instagram account.

And she may have a point there, because if there's one word I would use to describe my life in those first few months after childbirth, it's "rut".

"Before we went to NZ/Sydney, I spent all day between my loungeroom and the baby's room, trying to get her to sleep/resettle for 150% of the day, and I rarely left the house, because I'd decided she didn't like the pram or the car, because she cried in them. Forgetting that for the first 12 weeks, babies cry ALWAYS, at EVERYTHING, including KISSES. Travel changed all that," Zoe wrote.

Getting out of the expectation of routine and who should be doing what at different times of the day, Zoe found everyone went with the flow and had a great time.

 

Some say traveling with an infant is lunacy, but in my experience it’s a YES! And a vital rut breaker. Before we went to NZ/Sydney, I spent all day between my loungeroom and the baby’s room, trying to get her to sleep/resettle for 150% of the day, and I rarely left the house, because I'd decided she didn’t like the pram or the car, because she cried in them. Forgetting that for the first 12 weeks, babies cry ALWAYS, at EVERYTHING, including KISSES. Travel changed all that. She had to nap wherever and whenever, get used to the baby carrier, and suck up long trips in the carseat or hikes in the pram. She had to go to bed when it was still light outside and her brother was bellowing the words to 'You’re Welcome’ one metre away. And she DID! As long as I had my boobs, we were fine. She was happy and chilled. (Almost certainly cos her mum was more relaxed.) Now we’re home, and the pram/car/nap situation doesn't bother me. We just get on with shit. (Often literally.) This is why I’m enormously pro-travel. It bookmarks your life, (I wouldn’t remember her at 10 weeks-old, but now I always will, cos we were in Queenstown when she was 10 weeks-old), and provides inspiration, but it also rewires your perspective on daily life. Especially when your babies are young, and you need to remember there is a whole world beyond the living room.🌍 (Added bonus: I’m out of my activewear rut. This is a biggie. Did you know they make DENIM pants now?) Note: that's the packed away Cocoonababy she's napping on there. No travel cot required. 👌

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"[Rudy] had to nap wherever and whenever, get used to the baby carrier, and suck up long trips in the carseat or hikes in the pram. She had to go to bed when it was still light outside and her brother was bellowing the words to 'You're Welcome' one metre away. And she DID! As long as I had my boobs, we were fine. She was happy and chilled."

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Of course, not everyone can afford to pack up the family and fly overseas for a holiday – especially just after having a baby. But even taking a break from the regular routine and getting away for a few days can reap the same benefits.

And Zoe says the benefits have lasted long after the holiday ended. Now that they're back home, she and Rudy are more settled than before they went away. "We just get on with sh*t," she wrote.

Zoe also pointed out that travel helps you to remember particular times in your life way better than if you were just at home.

"I wouldn't remember her at 10 weeks old, but now I always will cos we were in Queenstown when she was 10 weeks old, and provides inspiration, but it also rewires your perspective on daily life. Especially when your babies are young, and you need to remember there is a whole world beyond the living room."