Post # 1
Last year, my husband and I started planning a trip to Tokoyo for February, 2011 (our daughter would’ve been 8 months old). We found out at Christmas, though, that my sister is getting married in August in Spain, so we cancelled our trip. We were lucky enough to be able to switch our airline tickets from Tokoyo to Spain without any additional fees. Our daughter will be about 14 months at the time of the trip.
The closer we get to this trip, the more I’m freaking out. It’s really not that bad to travel internationally with a baby, is it? Does anyone have an personal stories to share? I’m kinda rethinking the whole trip at this point, as much as I want to be at my sister’s wedding…
Post # 3
My sister took my neice when she was not quite 2 years old. They went to France from JFK. I don’t know about her experiences though.
Post # 4
You are a competent woman and mother- why are you letting yourself feel this way?
Many families have travelled with toddlers.
Yes you may have a cranky spell or 2 if her sleep gets off schedule but you and she will survive.
Post # 5
I hope it’s not too bad. Lots more planning I guess. In my head I have a trip planned for when she’s around a year to visit my husband’s side of the family in Europe, no ones called us crazy to think about it. His family did it all the time when they were kids since they were living b/w the US and Europe but no personal experience here yet, just plans.
Post # 6
I don’t have kids, but I will say I’d rather be the mom that tries to travel with a toddler than the one who doesn’t.
You’ll be perfectly fine. It’s good for children to be exposed to different enviornments – even Spain and a 14 month old. You can totally do it!
Post # 7
@julies1949: Thanks. 🙂 I needed that.
I guess I’m probably just psyching myself out, and I need a little reassurance. It seems a bit overwhelming when I think about 14+ hour plane rides, a 9 hour time difference in schedules, trying to figure what we need to pack/what we can leave, etc…
Post # 9
While we don’t have kids… I’ve been on several international flights where people had small children with them, and the mamas always looked frazzled by the end of the flight. HOWEVER, they’ve typically been flights that were 15+ hours long… and well, I look frazzled after a flight that long, even traveling alone. I wouldn’t worry about it too much and just make sure you carry on extra everything. Good luck!
Post # 10
I have a business trip to Amsterdam when my baby will be 8 weeks old. I’m expecting it to be fine. The early they fly, the quicker they learn.
Post # 11
@Miss Sapphire: I would actually be more comfortable with an 8 week old. At 8 weeks, Addie slept like 18 hours a day, and she didn’t need much in terms of entertainment. I’m worried that at 14 months, she’s not going to sleep and she’s going to get bored all couped up on the plane. plus, now she has pretty set daily schedule, and the 9 hour difference is really going to screw her up…
Post # 12
I think you’ll be totally fine, plenty of people travel with kids, right? They can’t just stay at home and never travel for the next five years. With that being said, my cousin and his wife have two kids, one’s a baby, one’s a toddler. They live in Japan, and will be travelling to the states next month. If they have any really good take-aways I’ll let ya know 🙂
Post # 13
@Mrs. Spring: My husband is almost 30 and still gets bored on planes…me thinks it’s not just a kid issue
That being said, there are lots of things to occupy their time. IFE usually has kid programming. Pack some snacks that she likes. She’s still small enough to cuddle up and sleep a lot better than the rest of us do. And it all else fails movies. Lots of movies.
Post # 14
I don’t have kids yet but I have travelled internationally A LOT and have seen loads and loads of parents travel with toddlers without much issue. Yes, the babies sometimes get cranky but that’s just what happens. I always smile when I see parents taking their toddlers for a stroll up and down the aisles – it’s good to get them moving and an airplane is the ‘coolest place ever’ for a toddler to explore! Other things I’ve seen is parents bringing several new items and introducing them to the child at various points throughout the flight to keep things interesting. Also, contact the airline and let them know you’re travelling with a child so you can hopefully get a bulkhead seat which gives you all the floor space in front of you.
You will be fine. I see people doing it all the time and I will be joining the ranks of travelling mothers before long I’m sure. Fiance and I live in Australia and have family here, in the US, and in England, so regardless of where we settle down, we will be travelling across the globe quite regularly.
And one last point, if your baby cries, she cries. It’s not the end of the world and don’t let yourself give a toss what others think. You just do what you know is best for your child and it’s fine. If people don’t like it, they should invest in earplugs or spend the extra money to travel in first class where they are less likely to encounter crying babies. You’ll be fine – now get out there and enjoy! 🙂
Post # 15
My Mum travelled to England from Australia, 26 hour flight with a 4 hour stop over in Dubai. Bella was about 6 months old on the way there, and 9 months old on the way back. They said giving her a bottle during take off helped her ‘pop’ her ears with the changing pressure, so she wasn’t in pain. They had the seats at the front so they had some floor space. I know they had a horror time coming back because after boarding there was a blizzard and the plane sat there for 11 hours before taking off for Dubai.
Also don’t think people will hate you for bringing a baby that might cry. People are normally very sympathetic, and as long as you are attentive to Addie when she is upset, people will understand.
You should definately go though! Spain! Wedding! Sunshine! If you decide not to go though, I’ll gladly go in your place. 🙂
Post # 16
My husband has a co-worker that took his baby to Thailand when it was only a few months old! I remember being shocked when I first heard about it. I think it was a previously planned trip they decided to not cancel. I saw pictures on FB and the little baby looked as happy as can be! But Sweden to Thailand is a very long way!