Post # 1
I’m going to discuss this with my midwife at my next appointment because I’m torn. I feel like I should wait until after her 2 month vaccinations. There is a celebration happening that I’d like to go to at work when she’ll be one month old. It’s about a 45 minute commute by train and I’d travel at off peak hours. I also plan to wear her in a Moby wrap.
What would you guys do? As I say, I’ll discuss with my midwife and follow her guidance.
Post # 2
awakemysoul: I wanted to wait until after he 2 month vaccinations to travel but my grandmother isn’t doing well so we went via plane (1 hour trip) at 6 weeks. She did great and all was fine. I had her in the carrier the entire time and she slept. No one bothered her and she didn’t get sick. I think plane travel is riskier than train so I think you’ll be fine to go before 8 weeks.
Post # 3
awakemysoul: I’m curious to hear other people’s responses….I’m due July 24th and my brother is getting married on September 20th. Both my husband and I are in the wedding party, and obviously we really want to go! It would be two plane flights away since we live in Alaska. I’m nervous about traveling and all with a baby that’s too young to be vaccinated, especially with pertussis/measles outbreaks becoming more and more common.
Post # 4
I went to the lake 1 hour awayin car from my city when my baby was 2 weeks old
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Honest? I wouldn’t take my LO on public transit unless it was a last resort situation. Mr. LK took public transit (commuter busses and subway) for years to get to and from work. We were always getting sick. This year he got a new job and now drives to work. No more public transit = no illnesses in our house. I didn’t make the connection until my boss pointed it out to me. Since Mr. LK has stopped using public transit we have been a significantly healthier household.
Post # 6
awakemysoul: My baby isn’t here yet, but I think it depends on the type of train. If it is an amtrak or a really nice suburban commuter train, then I would do it. I’d probably do off hours on a subway/city train, but I’m make sure no one was too close to baby.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
awakemysoul: The germs you pick up from touching unclean surfaces touched by thousandsper day is the biggest issue. So long as she doesn’t touch anything and nobody touches her she should be fine. I would wrap her up good and carry an umbrella to beat people if they don’t understand it when I ask them not to touch her because she’s napping. Make sure you don’t touch any surfaces you don’t have to and wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby after riding public transit.
Post # 8
lovekiss: i take public transit everyday but i also wash my hands. i don’t have any issues with getting sick. i try not to touch the poles (on the train), i carry antibacterial gel, and i wash my hands as soon as i get to work. so maybe he can try that.
Post # 9
beachbride1216: lol and here i thought the umbrella was for the sun. lol @ beating people. i agree with you x 100
Post # 10
I’m not a parent (yet) but I’m having a hard time understanding why this is a concern. Many people do not have vehicles and use public transit to travel daily, including those with babies. It would be impossible to never leave the house with the baby for 2 months.
Go to the celebration and enjoy yourself! Take the usual precautions both when travelling and there as coworkers/friends can spread germs to a baby just as easily as strangers on a train.
Post # 11
Thanks all. Midwife said it’s fine too. Keep her covered and have people hands off. I’m going to travel at off peak times. The hardest part will be telling people no holding or touching. But if I keep her wrapped to me should be a little easier.
Post # 12
My parents put me on a plane to Taiwan when I was 3 1/2 weeks old (I was born in the US) and everything was fine.
Post # 13
I’m wondering the same thing. I plan on having her out for walks when I can. I’d like to take her on the train every week to meet DH for lunch on Fridays (or every other Friday). So I’m pretty curious what your midwife says. I really think it will be more likey that the issue will be more ‘can I handle going out and looking alive with all the ‘breastfeeding= no sleep ever’ factor.
What train system are you going to be using?
Post # 14
keesl: it’s called the GO train. I live just east of Toronto, and the GO travels between Toronto and surrounding cities. So step above the subway.
Post # 15
awakemysoul: Oh nice, I’m sure the train will be great. We looked at moving to Toronto after college-great city. Good Luck!