Traveling with a baby – Dublin, Ireland, part 1

Traveling with a baby to visit Dublin, Ireland is totally do-able and enjoyable. I first posted these three articles a couple of years ago, but since my son Alex is taking a one-week trip to Ireland with his middle school this coming Friday, I thought it would be fun to republish….
When my husband invited me to come along on a business trip to Dublin, Ireland back in August, I jumped at the chance. Even if it meant taking our little Rémy (9 months at the time), it felt like it would be a much needed vacation for me!
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Of course then I worried about what I could possibly do in a unknown city with a 9-month old baby in tow! I asked around and everyone told me that Dublin was small enough that I’d get by perfectly okay with my baby in his stroller and me on my feet. I was reassured and excited! And, yes, I fell in love with Dublin and so please forgive the oodles of photos. I’ve done my best to trim them down, but will divide them into three separate parts. Here’s part 1…
Now everyone ranted and raved about Saint Stephen’s Green, a large city park right smack in the middle of Dublin. As it turns out, the apartment where we stayed was just a few blocks from Stephen’s Green where Rémy and me ended up spending quite a bit of time.
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
You can see a large playground in the background, a popular spot for mums and their tots…
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Each corner entrance of Stephen’s Green (which spans a city block) is adorned with artsy monuments…

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Early mornings were rather quiet, but by afternoon the park would be packed, especially if the sun was shining. Unfortunately, we didn’t see so much sunshine during our four day stay. The silver lining around our mostly cloudy days? It didn’t rain until the very last afternoon we were there. And then it poured! (But we didn’t care, we had seen Dublin and were on our way back home.)

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama

The settings and lighting were perfect for a little photo shoot! Is he delicious or what?!
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
People were incredibly friendly and kind, offering help when I’d get lost, helping carry Rémy’s stroller up or down stairs, or even offering to take photos! So many, it seemed, had a kind word or a smile. One woman even chased me down Grafton Street when she realized I didn’t know where to change my baby’s diaper and just so she could show me a place where I could…

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama

Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Stephen’s Green. A peaceful place – right smack in the middle of the city.
But of course, there was more to see….

Grafton Street is the other name that came up repeatedly as I asked friends where to go. And so to Grafton street we went – lots.
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This dome topped shopping center at the bottom of Grafton Street would become pretty important to this momma with a babe, as one kind stranger kindly informed me.
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Not only is it filled with three floors of classy and trendy boutiques,
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but also (and more importantly for this momma)…
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama

…clear up on the top floor there is a large baby changing room with four changing tables and sinks, and right next door there is a room (pictured above) for feeding little ones. No more wondering where I’d change my baby or feed him! Baby food warmer, sink, comfy couches and colorful toys. So every day during Rémy’s meal-times I’d come here, sink into a red arm chair the consistency of a marshmallow while I waited for his food to warm, next feed him at a leisurely pace and then we were set to go back and conquer the city!

Vibrant vestiges of a quickly fading summer…
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
I was always captivated by the quietly hidden beauty of Saint Anne’s Church with her bold red doors down an alley way off Grafton Street, this time in the midst of early morning deliveries! Oh, how many times we passed this way! And finally, on Grafton Street, there is a Disney store, my friends, that I just had to take my little boy to visit. And heaven forbid I enter a Disney store without buying a surprise for my little boy who was so incredibly patient during our long days of exploring!
Traveling with a baby - Dublin, Ireland, part 1 | Trilingual Mama
This, of course, happened after braving Trinity College and the Book of Kells with my favorite little travel buddy in tow.  But that is a story for another day… Next I’ll be sharing more of Dublin with its colorful Georgian doors.

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