International travel with baby?

posted 6 months ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

I traveled a bit with both kids  as babies in -lap. Be well prepared and know it will probably be 2x as bad as your normal day. I have had to nurse and change diapers on my lap, on the toilet etc. It’s not impossible 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We moved to a developing country when my son was 10 weeks old, and he has been to 5 countries by the age of 2. I am a huge fan of traveling with kids- it’s so doable and wonderful for them. Passport and vaccines are fine. We gotgmy son’s passport when he was 5 weeks old. I work for the government and newborns are cleared to travel internationally with parents on assignment for the government at 6 weeks old. 

BUT, I would caution against traveling with a 10 week old. Baby is still nursing and napping a million times a day, supply hasn’t adjusted, jet lag is no joke, and your body is still seriously recovering. I don’t think it would be enjoyable for you, even if your sister is watching the baby, because if you are nursing you will still have to be back with the baby every two or so hours. I’d rather be at home, on my couch, watching Netflix and nursing, and still learning to be a mom. 

Instead, I’d save the money for your ticket and your sister’s and splurge on a great trip when your baby is 6 months old. You’ll be able to enjoy and relax a bit more, and leave the baby a bit more so you can spend time with your husband! 

This is just from my own experience traveling internationally with a 10 week old (and doing subsequent trips when he’s older which were much, much more enjoyable!) 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I traveled with my first to Hawaii at 10 weeks and it was fine! Yes, you’ll have to breastfeed and change diapers along the way, in airport restrooms and on the airplane. But you’re traveling business so that should really help things! 

You should definitely go, and 10 weeks is usually quite easy. You’ll have to play it by ear of course, depending on the baby. 

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Of course it’ll be easier NOT to imo, but if it’s something you want to do, I say just book the ticket and figure it out.  For me personally, around 10 week, my baby would just sleep a lot as long as I was holding him so it probably wouldn’t have been too bad.  But he was also still waking up every 2 hrs over night so a site seeing vacation would have been no fun I think cause i was just so tired… but hey, an all expense paid trip, I might as we be tired there!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

At that age mine didn’t sleep more than a couple of hours at a time including overnight and he cried a lot for reasons I could not figure out.  We are traveling with him internationally though at 6 months and I’m hoping for the best!  I don’t have tested tips yet but we’re thinking about a comfortable stroller and pack and play.  Also, I have been working on getting him comfortable with baby carriers because so far he is not really a fan.  

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

lincolnparkbee :  I recently went to Costa Rica for 11 days with my then 4.5-month-old — and legit traveling, not staying in an all inclusive.  So I’m a fairly adventurous traveler parent, I think.  I honestly I wouldn’t fly to Italy at 10 weeks. 

1) babies that young are just so unpredictable still… naptimes, crying fits, colic, etc.  It’s super stressful even when you’re alone at your own house!  Maybe you’ll have the chillest baby ever, but many many of them are not.  It would have stressed me out to be dealing with his hour-long screaming fits while traveling.  

2) Traveling west to east like that goes across a bunch of time zones, which invariably messes up the adults and the baby.

3) Vaccines (or lack thereof), eek!

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