(Closed) Honeymoon w/ a baby (1-year old) – advice? Experiences?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MsquareM:  Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that your daughter was a distraction. When I wrote ‘distractions’ I meant things like work and chores. I can understand not wanting to leave her while she’s still so young. 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

how does she do with heat? it seems youll be going in july and imagine that germany isnt that hot in the summer. some of the places suggested (thailand for example) will be not only incredbly hot but humid too. if you combine that with jetlag i think youre looking at one cranky baby

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I took my son to a “luxury” beach resort when he was three, but that as the youngest I’d personally recommend for those kinds of places. He was old enough to say “I’m hungry”, “I’m hot” “I’m bored” instead of just screaming for unknown reasons like a 1 year old would do. 

I know you’re set on taking her, so I won’t try to talk you out of that (I personally wouldn’t have taken our son on our honeymoon for all the money in the worLd), but I would recommend a short NOT overnight flight to somewhere kid friendly. Taking a baby on an overnight flight is stressful to everyone involved if the baby won’t sleep. Also keep in mind places that have safe drinking water, and how your daughter will react to new/different foods, depending on location. 

 

Just some things to think about. 

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee

@MsquareM:  I don’t think going on a long-distance, beach honeymoon location would be great for a baby. I think that generally those types of couple-y vacations are just not well-suited for babies. And my parents took me to the beach when i was really little and in their opinion I was too young to enjoy it.

They told me their days went something like this: wake up early, feed the baby, make sure everything’s packed for the beach, get there, set up the umbrella, set up the blow up pool and put some water in it then wait for the water to get warm (I was too young to go into the ocean), make sure the baby stays in the shade and hope she doesn’t get too cranky, make sure the baby doesn’t eat too much sand…oh and they would try to get me back to the cottage they rented when they thought I’d nap (and keep me out of the sun between 10:30am-3:30pm bc they didn’t want me to get sunburnt).

It just sounded like a nightmare! They said they didn’t get to go swimming together or really get any alone time. I think they dipped me in the ocean a couple of times, but they really didn’t want me to get sunburnt. My dad burns really, really easily so that’s why they were concerned before the ozone layer got destroyed lol.

If you’re set on bringing your baby with you, then I’d do a more baby-friendly vacation than the beach. I think the beach is fun when kids don’t need constant supervison, so like 3 years old.

I’d probably personally leave the baby at the grandparents’ house if they are available to take care of her, especially if you’re considering leaving your baby with strangers at a resort for any part of the vacation. IMO it’d be much better for a child to spend a week at Grandma and Grandpa’s (as long as they are willing and available to babysit for a week) than to go on a vacation and spend several hours a day being babysat by some random person. I don’t have a child yet, but I know my parents would enjoy taking care of my child while I was on vacation and be thankful for the opportunity to spend a little extra time with their grandchild. All individuals and families are different, though, and I respect the fact that you want to take your child on a vacation, but then I think that the vacation should be one that is appropriate for her too.

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t have kids but I will say that the return flight from South Africa to NYC on our honeymoon basically made me want to postpone having childen and never bring them on a flight of that distance.  17 hours and I was seated next to a 2 and 4 year old which took turns crying all but about 2 hours.  Worst flight of my life (and I’ve done a lot of flying).  You say you’ll get to have other’s deal with it, but lord if it ever happens again, I’ll be damned if I don’t figure out how to get some Amarula in that bottle.

 

Though the thought of being in the sun on a beach with a child’s delicate skin seems a bit odd.  No matter how much sunscreen you use.  Greece maybe?

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

1 year can be a difficult age for any long flights so be aware of that when looking at destinations. I’m normally all for taking kids but honeymoons are a bit different, do you trust your parents or in laws to look after her for a few days? 
We will have a 3 year old and one year old when we get married and will be taking a family roadtrip – not quite a honeymoon but our kids are as much a part of the relationship as we are. Not for everyone though!  

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