Post # 1
My family are planning an all-inclusive holiday to Mexico in March. Our baby will be 4.5 months old then. Would you go? Anyone have experience with a similar situation or knows someone who has? I keep going back and forth, so any insight would be helpful.
Post # 3
@Monny: I wouldn’t go. But then, I regard holidays with other people – whether friends or extended family – as a special and unique form of torture. I like holidays to be with DH and kids. After a long time with extended family I *need* a holiday.
But 4.5 months is a pretty nice age. They’re into a routine, but not yet crawling so you don’t need to sit around keeping baby active.
Post # 4
@Monny: Are you planning on breastfeeding? What if that doesn’t work out?
I wouldn’t want to be mixing formula with water with which the baby was not familiar.
Honestly, I don’t think I would travel to Mexico with a young baby. They need to be kept out of the sun and they are too young for sunscreen.
Post # 5
Sorry but I would not go. It’s not just that you have a baby it’s that I would not go to Mexico myself let alone take my child. Personally I don’t think Mexico is a safe place to go to any more.
Post # 6
@Monny: i’d go IF the extended family was willing to pitch in a bit to watch the baby. i think with a little planning (for instance, have bottled water for formula etc) and staying close to the resort it could be great!
but you have to be comfortable with it, how long is the flight?
Post # 7
@Monny: ive been looking into this! going with my entire family when baby 6 months (im only 16 weeks pregnant now haha).my parents said theyd babysit if DH and i wanted a dinner/afternoon alone and time to relax.
this is what i came up with
lightweight clothes covering arms and legs for baby, sunglasses and wide hat. inside during hottest time of day. food not an issue as either on breastmilk or formula.
if in cancun/riviera maya these two companies provide baby gear to rent (cribs, strollers)
http://www.bajababygear.com/happy-baja-babies/ (this does another area too)
there is another company that does puerto vallarta i think but i havent researched that
if you have a big budget (im not sure exactly how big) azul fives and the karisma resorts have gourmet food and provide a lot of baby gear including fisher price toys. club med is apparently very baby friendly too. other family friendly hotels dont mind babies but may not provide all the equipment so youd need to bring it or rent it
if breastfeeding – youll want to take a pump with you if possible you can express milk for someone to babysit if you want an evening to yourself. if formula… mix with bottled water and baby will be fine
swim diapers if you want to go into water when not too hot
ultimately…its hard to plan as babies are so different from each other. some travel well and dont mind new environments, some dont
edit – there will always be some bees who disagree with me, but i dont believe any of the tourist areas in mexico are a problem (except acapulco, wouldnt go there). i live in mexico (in the bad bit up north), im up to date on whats going on and i wouldnt hesitate to go to puerto vallarta or the riviera maya with my family
Post # 8
@Monny: I would definitely go! DS is 22 months and we have travelled extensively with him. DH and I love travelling and we want our son to experience the world and feel comfortable in different cultures. We did an AI in Cuba with him when he was 6 months old- was fabulous and everyone loved him. He was eating solid foods, so the food situation was perfect- huge buffets with plenty of choice of smooth/easy to eat foods. The resort also accommodated any requests we had. He did breastfeed a lot, so plane ride was spent with him breastffeding and sleeping- I chose overnight flights which were perfect.
It was a bit tricky as he had started crawling- I took him to Hawaii when he was 5 months and he wasn’t mobile yet- much easier! He loved the pool (swim diapers and sunsuit highly suggested), but we didn’t spend much time at the beach. Mexico has a lot more ammenities, so it is a breeze (I don’t think I saw a baby change table in Cuba). We took DS to Mexico when he was just 14 months- again, an excellent time.
We love sun vacations and lazing by the pool, along with exploring the city/countryside, doing tours, getting to know locals…some of this is not so easy with an infant, so definitely try to be patient! There will not be so much lounging by the pool in peace, unless baby is sleeping. You can take turns watching baby so the other can relax, or if the family is wiling to help out, great!! There are always so many families at AI resorts, so everyone is used to having babies around. Meals may not be so relaxing- if baby is crying, then you can walk them around etc. We brought a portable video device to occupy DS, small toys etc.
I definitely agee with PP-wouldn’t hesitate to go to Mexico and we always feel safe. Feel free to PM me if you would like any other info and good luck!
Post # 9
@Mdmc: have you ever been? i know people who had the same opinion and then they went and had a whole new outlook.
Post # 10
There is no way I wouldn’t go! Go, have fun, and enjoy yourselves! You’ll have the pool and the resort and your room will always be nearby. Don’t be afraid to take baby out in a carrier either.
My BIL & SIL had their baby girl last year at the end of June and took her (6 weeks at the time) on our annual family NC beach vacation. We all pitched in to help them and they (and we) are so glad they came. With that said, our baby will be 3-4 months next year when we go and we wouldn’t dream of not taking the baby – NC or Mexico, it doesn’t matter.
Don’t be afraid to travel with baby. It’s easier than you think especially if you have family around for support.
Post # 11
@Monny: i used to travel all of the time when my son was young and never had a problem. he was not that young though. i go to ai resorts all over, especially in cancun and riviera maya area. i see a lot of couples with their babies of all ages. most resorts are equipped to handle young families.
if you bring powdered formula, the resorts always have free bottled water for you to mix it.
i have also seen this water floaty thing for the baby to sit in and it has a sun cover for shade. i do not know what it is called but it seems that most babies i see at resorts have them and really enjoy them.
Post # 12
There’s no way I would take a 4 month old to Mexico..they don’t have all their shots at that point, and it would just be way too difficult in my opinion…
Post # 13
@mypinkshoes: I forgot to mention we love the pool float w/shade!
@Monny: We have somthing similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Swimways-Baby-Spring-Float-Canopy/dp/B008KS4MF8/ref=zg_bs_1272923011_7
If baby is too small (as ours was at first) you can put a towel in the bottom and that will boost them up.
Post # 14
@little_d: yes, that is it. i kind of want one for adults but a reclining one. of course with a cup holder!
Post # 15
Check with your MD and pediatrician (if you have one). DH and I were considering taking our baby to Hong Kong and China at 3 months (to visit relatives) and the MD had zero problems with it. Of course, you would have to work out the details (sun, vaccinations, feeding, childcare), but I’m convinced that no matter the age, all children will come with details to be worked out. My only advise is to start researching the paperwork now, get an idea of how quickly you can get the passport and travel documents in line so you aren’t stressing at the last minute.
Hope you have a great time!
Post # 16
You can go, but how are you travelling? Kids gets hot and bored and bothered in cars or planes, and if it’s public transport and a long journey you’re likely to get angry looks if baby starts screaming.