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Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

My baby is 7.5 weeks old and I would like to take her and my parents to visit somewhere else like Geneva before my parents leave Switzerland soon. I don’t know if this will be easy or hard, as I have never even taken the baby to Zurich yet (20 mins train ride). She’s never been on public transport and I’m a first time mother. I wonder if there would be enough space on a long distance train to store the stroller and the bassinet? Or if it’s not advisable to go on a trip before she gets her 2nd month vaccinations? (Which she will get on 21 August)
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

https://stories.sbb.ch/mit-dem-kinde...ug/2014/05/12/
https://stories.sbb.ch/kinderwagen/2014/09/15/

Long distance train most often have a dedicated family coach or a coach with a family zone. It is often either the very first or very last car of the train. At Zurich HB often the last one for arrivals, and the first for departures.

Such trains are marked with FZ (Family Zone) in the time table.

In the online time table click on the connection, then you should see if it has a family zone, a further click on "Zugformation einblenden"/"Show train information" and you will see where the coach with the family zone is located in the composition.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Yep, you can find dedicated coach/cars that are family oriented although they tend to be loud. Personally, I think you'll be fine anywhere - especially if you are not alone to carry the stroller etc.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

I'd personally avoid extensive stays in public transport before the vax. CH is still one of the least vaccinated countries in Europe. Long trips in hot weather are quite uncomfortable for small babies, too.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Do a 'dry run' too. Take a train to somewhere 20-30 minutes away to see how the baby reacts to it.
Possibly buy 1 class tickets, travel off-peak to avoid crowds.
Make note of the weather, it can get really stuffy on the train. So pack things that will help: cooling water spray, perhaps... And take seats on the right side in the direction of travel if you travel in the morning (north-south), so you sit in the shade.
Don't worry about other passengers judging you if the baby starts crying, reasonable people, of who there are many, will understand and ignore the noise.

I would rather listen to baby's noises than to a loud incessant slapping on a keyboard by an adult (5-10 punches, followed by 20 quick punches of the delete button, sequence repeated 20-100 times).
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

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My baby is 7.5 weeks old and I would like to take her and my parents to visit somewhere else like Geneva before my parents leave Switzerland soon. I don’t know if this will be easy or hard, as I have never even taken the baby to Zurich yet (20 mins train ride). She’s never been on public transport and I’m a first time mother. I wonder if there would be enough space on a long distance train to store the stroller and the bassinet? Or if it’s not advisable to go on a trip before she gets her 2nd month vaccinations? (Which she will get on 21 August)
Oh, I'd like to encourage you to do it! Just think of this: how often are you and your parents going to have this opportunity to travel through Switzerland together?

You might find some useful tips here:
https://stories.sbb.ch/en/2014/09/15/buggy/

You're a first-time mother and it is natural to question things. Good for you! Unless your baby is one of those few, mystery people who seem to arrive in the world crying loudly, and whose supporting team makes huge efforts but remains non-plussed, for a year or two, about how to comfort them, ever… you probably already know a lot of techniques and tricks to soothe your daughter. They will work in the train, too.
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Do a 'dry run' too. Take a train to somewhere 20-30 minutes away to see how the baby reacts to it.
Possibly buy 1 class tickets, travel off-peak to avoid crowds.
Make note of the weather, it can get really stuffy on the train. So pack things that will help: cooling water spray, perhaps... And take seats on the right side in the direction of travel if you travel in the morning (north-south), so you sit in the shade.
Don't worry about other passengers judging you if the baby starts crying, reasonable people, of who there are many, will understand and ignore the noise.

I would rather listen to baby's noises than to a loud incessant slapping on a keyboard by an adult (5-10 punches, followed by 20 quick punches of the delete button, sequence repeated 20-100 times).

Although 1st class also has quiet cars and will definitely speak to you, even if it is over a baby
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

The "quiet carriages" are not suitable for taking along a baby, unless it is fast asleep. Also not for a friendly conversation with your parents.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

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I'd personally avoid extensive stays in public transport before the vax. CH is still one of the least vaccinated countries in Europe. Long trips in hot weather are quite uncomfortable for small babies, too.
Not according to this (2017)...
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Intercity trains have the seats nearest the doors set up for people in wheel chairs and people with strollers. There are ALWAYS people with babies in these seats. You will be doing a very normal and expected thing and no one will look at you twice.


The dedicated family cars are full of people with toddlers because there is a mini-playground in this car. If you want your baby to sleep, do not go in the family car.


Of all of the places on Lac Leman to go sightsee, Geneva would be my last pick. A lovely thing to do is go to Nyon and have brunch at one of the lakeside restaurants just steps from the ferry dock. Then take the ferry over to Yvoire, France. Yvoire is like a fairy tale village.



Lausanne has the cathedral and the Olympic museum. The Metro connects the two and is the only way to really see Lausanne on foot because Lausanne is seriously hilly.


The waterfront in Montreux is quite special with the Chateau de Chillon at the far end. Definitely worth a visit.


I've raised 3 kids and I would say that infancy, at least for my kids, was the easiest time to travel. Don't stress. You will be fine.
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Or if it’s not advisable to go on a trip before she gets her 2nd month vaccinations? (Which she will get on 21 August)
Ours was 3 months old when we took him in an airplane. It's recommended for them to be vaccinated before being in enclosed spaces, which are full of germs.

I guess a train is not that crowded as an airplane, so it's safer. You should pick a train with low occupancy (SBB provides this information), for example the 13:03 train.
Also, do you intend to return in the same day? because it would be pretty tiresome.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

I think it was measels that cought my attention, it was 85% only as per WHO who wants 95%. We had outbreaks in the region in the 2017, the campaigning for vaxing was quite pronounced.
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Such trains are marked with FZ (Family Zone) in the time table.
If you take your stroller, I would recommend to avoid the ICN trains which can be a pain to get on and off, have narrow hallways and doors and few places to park the stroller. Definitely avoid them if traveling alone. You can click on 'keine neigezuege' in the extended SBB planner. For going Zurich-Geneva that would mean you would have to change somewhere though... The double decker trains on the other hand are great - under the playground in the family car (usually the last car of the train) there is lots of space to park. If you bring a baby carrier or sling you can walk around with baby if it has trouble falling or staying asleep. The opportunity to do this makes traveling by train with babies the best long distance travel method for me! Have a great trip
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

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You will be doing a very normal and expected thing and no one will look at you twice.
OP's problem is that the baby is not vaccinated yet, not the reactions of fellow travelers.


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A lovely thing to do is go to Nyon and have brunch at one of the lakeside restaurants just steps from the ferry dock. Then take the ferry over to Yvoire, France. Yvoire is like a fairy tale village.
that is a great suggestion.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Our eldest was six weeks old when we took him up the Rigi.
We lived in the U.K. then so undertook a few trains and a plane flight to get there.

I think people worry too much.

With your first child (if they are quiet), you get to do all those things that prove difficult later when you have more children - visit art galleries, museums, nice gentle walks and so on.

Enjoy the time, relax, and congratulations!
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Having done this many times myself I do not see a single problem. Occasionally you can run into a train where you need help to get the buggy in, but I've never had no help from the nearest person on this. Worst happening is that it cries or feels carsickness, just grab it and walk some up and down and nobody cares.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

I agree with the advice of travelling first class (if you can afford it). The odds are that it will be less crowded, less noisy and that you don't need to share your seating area with strangers.

On the newer double-decker trains, you can access the lower deck without negotiating any steps, so the pram should be OK. On the older type of trains you may need to go up some steps, but quite doable. And if push comes to shove, most people are quite willing to help if you ask, or just look as though you're struggling.

If it's a foldable buggy, storage is no problem. There is usually space between the seat backs.

And as others have said, don't worry if your baby starts crying. Think of your baby first. Reasonable people understand and won't judge you.
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I agree with the advice of travelling first class (if you can afford it). The odds are that it will be less crowded, less noisy and that you don't need to share your seating area with strangers.
I never traveled first / business class with infants; moreover, I've never seen one of them in these classes in airplanes.
Do you recommend this from your own experience? What are the other passengers saying when they end up with a screamer next to them, after paying 4-5 x?
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I never traveled first / business class with infants; moreover, I've never seen one of them in these classes in airplanes.
Do you recommend this from your own experience? What are the other passengers saying when they end up with a screamer next to them, after paying 4-5 x?
I understood amogles meant in relation to the trains, not air travel (i.e. what the OP was referring at the top of the thread).
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