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#1 Belle

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:31 PM

What sort of vacation trip would you say is easiest when traveling with an infant about 4-6 months old?

Ideas that come to mind are:

A. Europe - tours, walking etc seem possible when toting an infant who can sit in a carriage or in an infant carrier. This is the most expensive option, but being that I have a family wedding in London in a few weeks, maybe it can work out.

B. beach destinations are cheapest and sound great, but less feasible with an infant. There's no extreme boating, parasailing, swimming, diving, even just sitting on the beach with a baby that young doesn't sound fun. Basically I can walk around in the heat.

C. In between - say a trip to California or something like that - would involve lots of driving, walking, touring, and some fun activities that may or may not be feasible with an infant.

Any ideas, tips or insights? Have you traveled with an infant, and where did you go and how did it work out?
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:46 PM

Do Europe now before she is crawling and fussier.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:51 PM

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:05 PM

Lesson learned: Travel north or south but stay within one time zone.


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Actually, I had another option. If I wait til le bebe is 6 months old, I can take a cruise. NCL has a cruise leaving NY on Sunday and returning on Sunday, and it's dirt cheap. It goes straight down south, so maybe that makes sense...
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:31 PM

NCL has a cruise leaving NY on Sunday and returning on Sunday, and it's dirt cheap.


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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:50 PM

Actually, I had another option. If I wait til le bebe is 6 months old, I can take a cruise. NCL has a cruise leaving NY on Sunday and returning on Sunday, and it's dirt cheap. It goes straight down south, so maybe that makes sense...

Cruises are a fun vacation, but you'd have much more fun without a baby on a cruise. Rooms on ships are really small, babies are not usually allowed in the pool due to sanitation concerns, and you might end up missing the fun events/shows once the baby falls asleep at night.

What we did at that age (actually I think it was closer to 9 months) was a museum- heavy trip. We went to Washington DC and it worked out great for that age. Its a walking/touring type trip not "action" but we still had a great time. It was within driving from NYC (loading up the car with anything we could need and driving was much easier than flying). Everything was handicap accessible so it was easy to push the stroller around. We could bring the stroller into nearly everywhere expect for the mint and the spy museum. Overall people where very helpful and accommodating when they saw we had a stroller and a baby. He was little enough to that he hung out in the stroller most of the time and crawled around a bit in some museums.
So I'd say opt for something leisurely where you can move at your own pace, and can go through things together (rather than taking turns watching the baby).
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 11:59 PM

We took the baby to NYC and DC when she was 5 months old and it worked beautifully. The only issue is shlepping the stroller (and that's easier in London than NYC because you don't need to fold it on the bus!) The only issue we had was that she didn't want to lie flat in her pram all the time. If I'd had a baby carrier it would have been fine, though.

We also did Rome when she was 15 months and it went surprisingly well--the only issue was that dinner was a bit late for her tastes.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:20 AM

Definitely walking around and touring things is not hard with a (well-behaved) infant. We also did a nice picnic and laid her on the blanket which she enjoyed. no major tips come to mind
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:33 AM

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:46 AM

Actually, I'd say that international flying with an <6mo was easier than you might think, because international flights have skycots. I had to hold her going to the US (on the way back, it was a night flight and they lowered the lights and she slept in the skycot the whole time) but I'd much rather hold a 5mo than have a 15mo on my lap.

The night flight/sleeping meant that the time shift was not too bad. It was worse going the other way.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 10:37 AM

Actually, I'd say that international flying with an <6mo was easier than you might think, because international flights have skycots. I had to hold her going to the US (on the way back, it was a night flight and they lowered the lights and she slept in the skycot the whole time) but I'd much rather hold a 5mo than have a 15mo on my lap.

The night flight/sleeping meant that the time shift was not too bad. It was worse going the other way.



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 10:54 AM

Shuli does make some great points in her post.

But, if you really want it easy - pawn off the infant to some grandparents or similar and enjoy your vacation. I took a trip to LA when my daughter was about 7 mos. old. We were going to take her with us, but left her at the last second. It was a GREAT decision because even though many things we planned to do were wheelchair accessible, there are sometimes areas WITHIN the destination that weren't. We were able to move at our own pace, so even if we were out late, we didn't have to worry about a fussy baby. No shlepping baby paraphanlia, etc. It really made the trip much smoother and more enjoyable.

(and yes, I was exclusively nursing and still pumped 4 days straight but on MY schedule, not the babies).



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:20 AM

Thanks all. It's all good advice, I just need to think about all of the ideas.

But, if you really want it easy - pawn off the infant to some grandparents or similar and enjoy your vacation. I took a trip to LA when my daughter was about 7 mos. old. We were going to take her with us, but left her at the last second. It was a GREAT decision because even though many things we planned to do were wheelchair accessible, there are sometimes areas WITHIN the destination that weren't. We were able to move at our own pace, so even if we were out late, we didn't have to worry about a fussy baby. No shlepping baby paraphanlia, etc. It really made the trip much smoother and more enjoyable.

(and yes, I was exclusively nursing and still pumped 4 days straight but on MY schedule, not the babies).


I'm tempted, but I've become too attached to le bebe to leave her for more than a day. Yes, I know I'm Belle and all, but it's happened.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

I'm tempted, but I've become too attached to le bebe to leave her for more than a day. Yes, I know I'm Belle and all, but it's happened.

I'm not surprised. It took me a long time to decide. And up until the night before I was still planning on taking the baby. It definitely wasn't easy and yes, I called daily, but it definitely also made trip easier.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:00 PM

I called daily


you called to speak to your infant?
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:06 PM

OOOh when is the family wedding Belle???

I never left a bf infant or indeed any baby younger than about 3 yrs old. I would leave all the older ones and always take the baby.

The good thing about an exclusively nursing baby is that they are incredibly portable and you don't need to schlep any paraphanalia around. My first ever trip to the USA was when my sixth child was four months old, fully bf, and very portable. It was amazing and I just nursed wherever I was. Taking an older child or toddler is a whole different ballgame so GO NOW!! Come to London and visit me! Although with my mazel your wedding will be between 22nd Dec and 9th Jan, when we will be in Israel...

Compare and contrast when I took an earlier four month old that wasn't bf to Israel and to a hotel, and had to constantly ask for milk to be warmed up etc, a real pain.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:09 PM

you called to speak to your infant?

No to check in on her and make sure she was okay and everything was going well.

The good thing about an exclusively nursing baby is that they are incredibly portable and you don't need to schlep any paraphanalia around.

I disagree. The only thing you don't need to take is a bottle/formula, you still need the infant seat, stroller, blanket, diaper, wipes, etc. Remove a bottle + formula from your baby bag, doesn't make it 'incredibly portable' imo.

Although, again, if you do take the baby, I think Shuli had a great post.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:13 PM

The flight to California is 6 hrs ish, and to London is about the same, btw.

No to check in on her and make sure she was okay and everything was going well.


I disagree. The only thing you don't need to take is a bottle/formula, you still need the infant seat, stroller, blanket, diaper, wipes, etc. Remove a bottle + formula from your baby bag, doesn't make it 'incredibly portable' imo.

Although, again, if you do take the baby, I think Shuli had a great post.


OK it's easier without any baby, but I never left a baby behind. And it's not only the bottle and the formula, it's access to somewhere to mix and heat it. I have taken babies on vacation loads of times and found bf babies very portable compared to bottle fed babies.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:17 PM

OK it's easier without any baby, but I never left a baby behind. And it's not only the bottle and the formula, it's access to somewhere to mix and heat it. I have taken babies on vacation loads of times and found bf babies very portable compared to bottle fed babies.

Why did you never leave a baby behind?
I have never needed to 'heat' a formula bottle. And mixing requires shaking which can be done anywhere. I never felt one was easier than the other, just that it's annoying if you forget to BRING the formula, but you really can't forget to bring the mother if she's taking care of the baby.
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