Traveling with a 10-Month-Old Baby: Before You Travel with Your Baby and Itinerary

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Yes we did it: traveling with a 10 month old in Japan! It wasn’t as scary as people warned us and it was a very good opportunity for us to spend some quality time together as a family of 3. The trip has also opened up a whole new lot of experiences for our little friend. We have never seen her so happy before! We are so glad that our baby enjoyed herself in Japan, and so did we.

Traveling with a baby is definitely different from traveling without one. Many have also dissuaded us against bringing our baby for a holiday. Concerns raised were that we will tire ourselves out, we wouldn’t enjoy ourselves because we need to take care of the baby, baby will be fussy in an unfamiliar environment, and the list goes on. Truth to be told, I was a little wavered but the husband and I are so glad that the decision to go on this trip is one of the best decisions that we made. Since this trip worked for us, I am going to share some of our experiences with you, based on questions that our friends have raised before and after the trip. They will be shared over 4 weeks, in 4 different posts. Once again, these are experiences that worked for us. They are not formulas for traveling with a baby. Our experiences are specific to this trip to Keihoku-Kyoto-Osaka, with a 10.5 month old baby.

Before you travel with your baby
To travel (and fly) with our little friend was a decision that we made. It was our choice, which means that we accept that there will be times our little friend enjoy herself and times she might be cranky during the flight or any part of our trip. So we read up a little on traveling with babies, and found that blogs are especially helpful. They are experiences from other mummies and daddies after all! Travel forums are also useful for specific concerns e.g. should we bring a stroller to Kyoto-Osaka. We did whatever preparation we could, and prayed for the best!

On itinerary
We were planning to go somewhere else for 2 weeks but decided on 8 days in Japan (Kyoto-Osaka) eventually. 8 days were just nice for us. Any longer we might tire ourselves out.

Since we have our little friend with us, we wanted our itinerary to include a little more nature and activities that might possibly interest her, and spend lesser time in the city. So we planned to spend 5 days in Kyoto: do a little more sightseeing, and possibly day trips to Nara and Uji, and about 3 days in Osaka. Then we chanced upon this mountainous region of Keihoku while searching for our accommodation, and decided to spend 2 days there instead of Nara and Uji. It was at Keihoku that babystingrui enjoyed herself the most. It was slow paced at Keihoku so it was good for the adults to recuperate from the traveling while doing some sightseeing too. Generally, our little friend enjoyed the nature and sightseeing, and became bored when we were shopping in the city. She got to be connected with nature which is not as abundant in Singapore. She also got to see and touch lots of flowers which excites her. So while planning for a holiday with your little one(s), you might like to consider your destination/itinerary to include activities, sights and/or sites that might interest or is educational to your little one. This time round, nature and sightseeing worked for us.

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A rough 8 day itinerary looks like such:
Day 0: International flight to Tokyo for transit
Day 1: Domestic flight to Osaka, bus to Kyoto and bus to Keihoku, rest and relax
Day 2: Tailor-made tour of Keihoku
Day 3: Travel to Kyoto, Ginkakiji and The Philosopher’s Path
Day 4: Kinkakuji, Nijio Castle, (Fabric) shopping at downtown
Day 5: Fushimi Inari, Kiyomezu-dera
Day 6: Arashiyama, travel to Osaka
Day 7: Kaiyukan, shopping at downtown
Day 8: Dotonbori, home sweet home

After planning the itinerary, your next consideration should be accommodation and food for the baby, which I will be sharing next!

8 thoughts on “Traveling with a 10-Month-Old Baby: Before You Travel with Your Baby and Itinerary

  1. Lia says:

    Hi ,

    I am travelling to japan very soon with my 8 month old baby and i found your blog very usefull and informative.

    Can i ask how you store the frozen baby food when you on board? Do you just put in cooler bag or ask the flight attendance to put in freezer?

    Thanks in advance

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Lia,

      I put it in a cooler bag and checked it in. The cooler bag fit all the bags tightly together so they kept each other cold and frozen. The foods were still 98% frozen when we reached the accommodation. Hope that helps!

  2. Kinuyo says:

    I just started researching about travelling with a toddler. Our son will be 10mths old when we go to Japan. We decided on 4 weeks though!!! As this is the only time I can take such a long holiday (one yr mat.leave). Hopefully it will go smoothly. We are doing a fair bit of travel in between too as we are doing Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Osaka, Gero/Takayama and back to Tokyo…maybe we are asking for trouble haha! We are doing a mix of airbnb and hotels. I tried to pick places that don’t have stairs (ie one storey) and offer either baby cot or extra futon. here’s hoping everything goes well!

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Kinuyo,

      How exciting! I hope it will be a memorable time for you and baby before you return back to work. Have a good trip!

      • Kinuyo says:

        Will be sure to let you know…we are currently doing a few baby product reviews and finalising our format/logo etc in the lead up to the trip. But to be honest I am kind of scared hahaha!

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