Feeding your Child in Europe
Breastfeeding is generally acceptable and legally protected in Europe. The type of formula and food available will vary greatly from region to region as will the availability of kids menus, high chairs and changing facilities in restaurants (see our destination guides for more information). Hipp Organic and Aptamil are widely available throughout Europe .If you need ready-made baby food, there’s plenty of choice, including organic ranges. It is always safer to take your baby’s usual formula just in case they are fussy or don’t take to the new formula, but if you run out, you should find it’s readily available.
Family Accommodation in Europe
Hotels and resorts generally cater well for babies and small children. They often have family rooms, special rates for children and play areas. Suites are a good option if you’re travelling with the whole family. They offer plenty of space and can be cheaper than two standard rooms. There’s also a huge selection of self-catering apartments that may suit you better than a hotel. You could also try a bed and breakfast. Make sure your accommodation provider knows you’re arriving with a baby, and ask if they’ll provide a cot, high chair and stair gate if required.
Other Baby and Toddler Essentials
You should find your usual brand of nappies and wipes in most supermarkets and pharmacies. Pampers and Huggies are widely available although Huggies can also be sold under the brand name ‘Dadot’.
Most cities will be have stroller accessible buildings, bus and train stations. There are some areas which are notoriously difficult to move around with a pram or stroller for example, many of Paris’s metro stations do not have elevators and the buildings are old and have smaller doors and very little room inside. You might consider taking a baby carrier with you to certain parts of Europe (see our destination guides for more information).