People Said, “You Can’t Travel With A 2-Month-Old Baby”

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Anidita is a mother who travels and a mother of a 6-month-old daughter whose birth, as people said, will put halt to her wandering nature. However, Anidita took it as a challenge and decided to prove the contrary.

Anidita Chatterjee is a content creator from Mumbai who travels the world and posts her videos and experiences from the expeditions. She started travelling at a young age and had since travelled to 70 countries until she gave birth to her firstborn, Kiara in 2021. Society expected her to stop wandering and give her full attention to her child for some time. But the new mom was reluctant to give up on her dreams just yet.

So, she decided to take her daughter along with her on her journey around the world. She took Kiara to various destinations in India including Chandigarh, Udaipur, and Kerala and will soon be going on her first abroad trip. Her desire to embrace motherhood without sacrificing her dreams is an example for all women out there who are told that their dreams and motherhood can’t go hand-in-hand.

Mother Who Travels: Anidita And Her Traveller Daughter

“Right from landing up in Cyprus with a handwritten visa to jumping off high cliffs into roaring waterfalls in Costa Rica to fishing and eating piranhas in the Amazon Forest, travelling has always been an important part of my life. I had already hit the milestone of travelling to 70 countries before having my baby.”

“After Kiara took birth, people told me, ‘You must pause your travelling till she is six months old’. Some said, ‘It’s all about the baby. Your baby will decide your schedule.’ I didn’t pay attention to them. ‘How can I stop living my dreams after becoming a mom? My dreams will only get bigger now, I thought to myself when people expressed their shock on learning that a new mother was heading on a trip with her 2-month-old infant. I wanted to make my baby adapt to my life rather than me adapt to hers and I knew she would love it.”

Speaking about her daughter’s first vacation, she said, “Her first vacation to Kerala was a bit challenging because I was clueless about how she will react. Luckily, she didn’t cry much during the flight and that was a big relief. I realised that the key was to embrace slow travel. I also did a lot of research before visiting any place and was in constant touch with my paediatrician and carried all the emergency medicines with me. I must also mention that the first time she smiled was on our return flight from Kerala.”

“She has already covered 8 destinations in India so far. She has been to mountains, monasteries and beaches. She has been a happy traveller so far and has adapted very well to my travelling life. Of course, there are days when she gets cranky but it’s manageable.”

While addressing the reactions she gets from other mums, she said, “A lot of mothers have been totally in awe of me and how I am breaking all stereotypes attached to being a new mom. I have been getting tons and tons of messages from women telling me that they want to embrace motherhood after seeing my journey as they are now convinced that one doesn’t have to stop living one’s life after having a baby.”

“Kiara is now 6-months-old and all set for her first International trip to Europe. I truly believe that happiness is the most important ingredient of motherhood and only a happy mother can raise a happy child.”

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