Post # 1
Ill be travelling with my parents and sister and her family this January to Dominican. Our daughter will be 8 months and is breastfeeding and is eating twice a day right now.
I’m looking for any tips for travelling with a baby. We are flying sunwing and are able to check our stroller at the gate (uppababy vista). We are also packing baby food pouches and trying the flavors out on her now (most of her food is homemade right now).
She should be able to eat avocados, bananas, eggs, yogurt and maybe a few other fresh fruits and veggies that can be easily mashed or self fed.
Any advice on the filght or time at the resort would be appreciated! 😀
Post # 3
We are going to the DR for our honeymoon in March and I’ve been doing a lot of research on it. I wouldn’t give her the eggs. A lot of people seem to get sick from the eggs because they’re generally undercooked there and their standards of storage/preparation are different. If lots of adults get sick from it I would think a a little one would have an even higher chance of it. They should have mashed potatos at either a buffet or one of the resturants they can get you for the baby. I’ve read the all inclusives in DR have great staff that go above and beyond so they should get or help you get whatever you need. Hope that helps a little and that you have fun !
Post # 4
Do you think if they cook the eggs at a station in front of you I should worry still? Or the storage of them may not be well so dont risk it even with a cooking station ?
We are also staying at a 5 star hotel so I hope they are accomodating as well!
Post # 5
@MarieBelle: We have travelled a lot with our now 2 yr old son. Staff at all inclusives have always been very accommodating and kind to our little family:) Sone resorts have a smoothie station in the morning- it was perfect for blended fruit smoothies when DS wasn’t eating much solids yet. The restaurants will have various mashed veggies, or the kitchen will purée for you if you ask I’m sure. We put DS in a sunsuit, so he was covered past the elbows and knees. We also got an infant lounging floating thing with sun canopy- so great in the pool.
We tried to schedule flights around DS nap time, or overnight flights- makes it so much easier! We check the car seat for free (I think all airlines do this), gate check the stroller. contact the hotel ahead of time and request a crib. DS is very active and sitting still for a long time on a flight was not ideal- bring lots of snacks, activities etc. your LO will probably nurse and sleep a lot at 8 months:)
Have a great time! We love traveling with DS- it’s not as relaxing as non-kid travel, but so rewarding when they are laughing and having fun!
Post # 6
@MarieBelle: I honestly don’t know if any eggs were from an egg station. I just know that A LOT of people from 1-5 star resorts seemed to have the issue With eggs. And the PP mentioning the smoothie bar is another great idea! A lot of the higher stared resorts have those
Post # 7
DH and I were at an all inclusive in the Dominican last month on our honeymoon. Granted we don’t have kids, but the staff was very nice and helpful. I did get a nice case of diahrea that persistent for a while after we left. I can’t pinpoint which food did it, so that’s not a lot of help to you. I did have eggs a few mornings and they probably weren’t a great idea in hindsight, but live and learn. most everyone there was very kind. Hopefully you’ll have a great trip!
Post # 8
We flew for the 1st time with our first son when he was 4.5 months old. My dr. had given me the advice to feed on takeoff so it helps with the popping of his ear… the sucking should minimize pain like how we chew gum for that. It was a pretty smooth flight down but then coming back was very stressful and frightening. Not the easiest flying with a cranly baby. Just pack lots of toys that will distract and snacks.
Post # 9
Make sure your baby has SOMETHING to suck on during take off/landing. I know a couple that always brings lollipops for their daughter, but she is almost four, so that probably isn’t really an option for an 8 month old! Just make sure you bring plenty of toys and things to keep baby occupied. I know a PP said overnight flights or flights during naptime are the best, but that depends on the baby. I know a few babies who are great and sleep on flights, but a lot of them don’t end up being that way. I’ve heard the red eye flights can be the worst. They are so tired and want to sleep, but they can’t because they are in an unfamiliar setting and there can be some noise. A lot of babies on red eyes end up screaming the whole time 🙁
I’ve also seen a few ideas around the internet like bringing a bulk container of ear plugs to hand out to passengers around you incase your baby gets fussy. This is a good way for people to realize that you are trying to be as respectful as possible. It’s really frustrating to have a loud baby on an airplane because a lot of flyers are already stressed. Even if they realize that’s just a part of life it can get some people angry.
I’m sure this is a given, but some people don’t know, keep your baby out of the aisle unless you plan on walking with her! She may want to stretch her legs, but that’s one of my biggest pet peeves on flights. I’m a nanny, and I LOVE kids, but seriously I don’t want to be doing my job when I am on a plan to go on vacation LOL.