Living in Sevenoaks, a popular commuter town, we have the luxury of being able to go into London whenever we want with minimal effort. I must say it is a lot easier without kids, so I thought I might write a little about how I do London with a baby.
The first time I travelled into London after moving back from the US was for a night away with hubby for our anniversary. This was an incredibly easy trip (although we both got colds after the trip) because Ellie had not been born yet and she hardly made a sound the whole trip!
A few months after Ellie was born the In-Laws came to visit and we spent a day in London visiting the London Eye and we also went on a Bus Tour. Ellie slept practically the whole day nice and cosy in my ring sling. In fact I don't believe she even made a sound all day. The sling is great for a trip to London because I didn't have to worry about dropping her, I had my hands free to hold onto hand rails on stairs, and most of all I didn't have to worry about finding lifts when getting down to the underground or using steps down to the river. We also took a taxi to the Eye and it was nice not to have to take everything off the buggy and collapse it to get into the taxi.
Karen, Ellie and William on the London Eye, June 2011
Since this trip I have been to London on a number of occasions just myself and Ellie. Each time I have taken with me -
- A sling
- 2 nappies
- A babygrow
- A granola bar
- A bottle of water
- A baby cardigan
- A toy
If you decide to visit London on the hottest day of the year and then you decide to walk to Oxford Circus from Victoria Station so that you can avoid the germs of the underground, you may choose to wear a loose fitting top that has a pattern. You may also want to get to London Victoria after 11:30am so that you miss the changing of the guards crowds. Need I say more?
My last trip, just the two of us was to the London Baby Show at the Excel. We had a really easy journey (except we got to Otford Station 30 minutes early), and getting around the exhibit hall was a breeze with the sling. We also got tonnes of compliments on the sling and because Ellie is the most adorable baby girl on the planet, and Ellie loved being at eye level to flirt with all the other parents and exhibitors there, she had a ball!
Maybe I'll prove myself wrong, but I don't think I'd ever take a buggy into London now. I see other parents struggling to lift child plus buggy up the steps of the underground while I'm running up the escalator (getting my steps in for the day) and I just can't imagine the hassle. As Ellie gets bigger, she'll go on my back and then walk, but we'll always have the sling for if she gets tired.
Tell me your secrets of getting about with kids in London?
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