My wife and I have had the good fortune of being part time travel journalists for over seven years now. Last year we had a baby girl named Violet and until this recent trip to Venice Beach California, we have never traveled with a baby.
It’s been said by many an expert that traveling is good for a child at any age. It broadens their experiences and shows them the world through various different cultures and ways of life. Having said that – traveling with a baby can significantly change the experience for the parents depending on how young your child is.
Violet was six months old when we recently left Toronto on a flight to Los Angeles. We were prepared, but delays with the plane caused our 9 hour flight to become a 17 hour journey. Violet was fine for most of the day, but after the lay over in San Francisco and then getting the car in LA, time had finally caught up with her and she was bananas.
Little things like travel delays can have small effects on adults however to a baby can be large changes. I have written articles for inTravel in the Mojave Desert, from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and through the Costa Rican Rainforest. Those were adventures but didn’t compare to driving on the 405 with a screaming child.
We figured out the sleeping arrangements that night and we were looking forward to Day 2 and being settled. Los Angles, especially the Santa Monica/Venice Beach area, is a wonderful place to take your child. The boardwalk between the two cities is relaxing and offers great views. The Santa Monica Pier is a carnival area that our six month old slept through but we got a kick out of. We discovered it’s one of the hot spots for kids’ birthday parties. One thing to keep in mind if you are staying somewhere along the beach is to be up on a higher floor because the noise of the crowds and beach musicians can possibly disturb your baby’s naps during the day. We were above a store that played loud music all day, but luckily we brought our baby’s sound machine. It was a great tool to muffle the various sounds from outside.