Monday, 27 January 2014

Copenhagen with a baby

I recently travelled to Copenhagen for a long weekend with my family, as Tom is working there on business, so we used the opportunity for a mini city break. This was my first trip with a baby in tow, and it turned out to be a great one.

Flying with a baby is a lot of work but it’s worth it once you get to where you’re going. I think it’s really important to push yourself to do as many things as you can with your little one - plus the younger they are the cheaper it is to take them along. It’s also great for you both to have a change of scenery, and if you’re traveling with family, then it gives relatives a chance to spend precious time with your baby, to bond and make memories.

Ernest and my Mother
London to Copenhagen was a good test run for us, as the flight was short, and it wasn’t far from the airport to our hotel. We stayed in the Radisson Blu Scandinavia, with great views of the ancient City Hall, the gilded church towers of Christianshavn and the coast. 

The handy airport buggy 
Our room wasn’t large, but as we are co-sleeping I didn’t need to request a travel cot, and we had a nice big bed. I used the mini bar to store Ernest's food, and I’ve heard that most hotels will supply a second mini fridge or empty the mini bar for you if you request. So you could in theory find your local supermarket and fill the fridge with drinks and snacks for your child - which would be a great way to save money.

We did a lot of walking, over lots of cobbles, and the weather was cold, with a windchill factor of -15. I took the Maclaren Triumph Stroller, with a rain cover and my sheepskin liner, and it stood up to the elements very well.

Snug as a bug

I kept Ernest warm in his hooded star print pramsuit with mittens from M&S. 

Loving life in the highchair
We ate a lot of lovely food, everywhere we dined had highchairs, and was reasonably baby friendly. My favourite meal was at The Standard, Copenhagen’s new jazz and restaurant venue. It was beautifully sleek and modern. We had the set menu at Almanak on the ground floor.

As it was Sunday the menu dictated that we have a roast, and it was delicious. I opted for the fish option which was cod, and the others had pork belly. The table was filled with side dishes to share including; a beetroot, walnut, and goats cheese salad, mash potato, jerusalem artichokes, onions and green tomatoes, amongst other things, and the obligatory foodie restaurant foam. 

So not your typical roast!

Lucky Sophie got to experience Almanak too
It’s worth mentioning that this place is run by the guys who own Noma - ranked the number one restaurant in the world three times over. There’s a nine month waiting list to get a table at Noma, so unless you book there in advance, this place is a great alternative. 

Another great thing to do with little ones is to visit The Little Mermaid. I’d like to take Ernest back to Copenhagen when he’s old enough to appreciate it. I plan on reading him the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, and of course my favourite Disney film version.

Then theres the Tivoli Gardens. They were closed for winter during our visit, but I’d love to come back when they’re open. I spied some great children's playgrounds and rides through the railings. 

We also had fun at the Lego store, seeing as Denmark is the official home of the toy building brick, it would have been rude not to!

We can't wait to buy Ernest Lego
All in all it was a very smooth trip, I have more travel with the baby coming up, and I’m learning as we go along.

There's definitely more on offer than I had time to do, and some great thing's for older children. Check out this link to visit Copenhagen website - it's a list of the Top 10 attractions for kids.

Here's to many more family holidays...

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