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Report 1082: And Baby Makes Three in Rome and Positano
By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2006
Trip Description: June 19 - July 8, 2006 Highlights of four days in Rome and two weeks in Positano with husband and baby.
Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Amalfi Coast, Campania, Rome
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Young Children
Page 1 of 12: In Preparation For Our Trip
Vatican fountain, Dreams of Italy
I had reserved Casa Clementina back in May 2005, because the displayed price was interesting for this location and I wanted to ensure that we could move around relatively easy with the baby. At the time of reservation I had contracted a cancellation insurance, because it was so much in advance. Then I started looking for Rome accommodation and after weeks of reading decided to reserve Navona Suites (130 Euros per night in June was a great price), suite Borromini, because of the price and the location. It would be our second visit to Rome and I found the most beautiful and most practical part of Rome was around Piazza Navona.
In addition to all these advantages having a kitchen with a refrigerator and a stove/oven seemed a good idea, for traveling with a baby: heating, cooking fast or buying some food and drinks and storing in the refrigerator is very practical. Also, it is good to sterilize baby bottles. I decided to rent the smaller suite because it would be enough for just sleeping and also because with the shared kitchen and corridor and the small internal garden it is more than just a hotel room.
In the meantime the baby started the daycare and became sick almost every week, so I started worrying if we were not to have a vacation at all. But, by switching him to goat milk, and installing tubes/drains in his ears, using homeopathy, natural medicine and aromatherapy all together, we succeded to stabilize him. A couple of things were still to be solved before our trip to ensure that we had all we needed with us.
I purchased our plane tickets at Cheap Tickets Canada right after Christmas vacation. Prices went really down with Air France and I got a $1000.00 CAN per adult and $800.00 CAN for the baby Montreal to Napoli roundtrip. This is a great price for Montreal. I purchased additional insurance to cover the flight and health.
I had to ensure that we had dried goat milk with us and it was hard to find it in Canada in time for our trip, so I purchased it from Vitacost in the US and received it in a few days.
Also, there was no baby bed at Casa Clementina and bringing an additional bag with us with a playpen was not very tempting (ours was considered light, but weighed about 13 pounds), as we absolutely had to take a portable baby rocking chair in a suitcase and an umbrella stroller. I started to look for a lighter solution. There is a light playpen which weighs about six pounds, but it cost US$200; I found it a very expensive solution for one trip, so I decided to buy an inflatable bed with a rechargeable pump which was the best solution as it is about US$100 with shipping and it is light and compact to fit in a suitcase. This type of bed can be used for camping and up to eight to ten years of age, and is solid and comfortable enough for a child. I brought two twin fitted sheets for the bed.
Another problem to solve was bring or not a car seat? I contacted Air France and was answered by a detailed letter with what we were allowed to take and regulations about the car seat. Babies above two years with a reserved seat canít remain in a car seat during takeoff/landing/turbulence and have to be on a parent's lap. AF recommended just to use regular seat and belt as the child is big enough, and check in the car seat if we need it for the rest of the trip. We decided not to take a car seat as we didnít want to drive in Italy and the driver service provides one at no cost. I also reserved our seats and requested a child meal.
We decided to take with us a light $5 umbrella stroller for Rome and excursion portions of our trip, but for Positano we needed being able to carry the baby in another way, and I purchased an Ergo baby carrier which is solid and comfortable enough but is light and compact.
Casa Clementina doesnít have a phone as most of the rentals in Italy, so we decided to buy an unlocked triband GSM phone from MyWorldPhone and I had purchased a TIM SIM card on ebay, but never received it before traveling. The seller was nice enough and resent it to me in Rome, so we got it at the Navona Suites even before arriving in Rome. The card was registered and worked right away.
I reserved our transfers from Napoli Centrale to Positano and from Positano to Napoli airport with Johnny's Tour Service for 80 Euros per direction in a minivan and requested a car seat.
The baby, who wasnít sick for two and a half months, suddenly got sick just nine days before our planned trip and we went to the hospital. He had fever until four days before leaving, and I got depressed at the idea of cancelling this vacation planned for more than one year and that we needed as we were exhausted. Fortunately he didnít have anything serious and got his antibiotic since the beginning. Moreover at the hospital they made all possible tests and we were reassured that he didnít have anything serious. He seemed in great shape despite fever. So we decided to wait until the last minute to decide to go or not on the trip. Finally he was ok and we decided to go, equipped with a complete pharmacy of remedies.
I reserved our train tickets for Rome to Napoli on a Eurostar train one day before leaving home, so I could provide and confirm our arrival with the driver services.
Our luggage: two suitcases, one big rucksack, one small rucksack (for use on the plane and as a diaper bag), another big bag with milk, water, clothes, diapers and all necessary for the trip and an umbrella stroller.
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