(Closed) How long would you wait before commuting publicly with your LO?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2994 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
85 posts
Worker bee

I went to the lake 1 hour awayin car from my city when my baby was 2 weeks old 

Post # 5
7315 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
1165 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
9146 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

beachbride1216: lol and here i thought the umbrella was for the sun. lol @ beating people. i agree with you x 100

Post # 10
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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 # 12
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
413 posts
Helper bee

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? 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  keesl.
Post # 15
413 posts
Helper bee

awakemysoul:  Oh nice, I’m sure the train will be great. We looked at moving to Toronto after college-great city. Good Luck!

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