Travel Before or After Baby

posted 3 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I’d go while your pregnant. Is there some reason you’re worried about flying while pregnant? At 28 weeks you should be fine. 

Leaving your 4m old at home is doable but so many more logistical challenges (esp if you’re breastfeeding) and unknowns. 

Eta: oops misread…so you’d be bringing the baby with you. I flew solo with my baby when she was 4m old. It was doable, and in retrospect I think that’s the perfect age for it as it only gets harder with an older baby. but since you have a choice here I would def take the trip before your baby is born. Traveling with a baby just involves so many logistics and unknowns, while traveling while pregnant is basically the same as traveling while not pregnant. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would 100% go before the baby comes. So much easier. No stuff to lug around, no carseat to schlepp through an airport, figuring out where they will sleep etc.

And personally I was not up for traveling when my dd was 4 months old. She was a horrible sleeper and I was barely getting through the day at that point. Also depending on time of year, I definitely wouldn’t want to take a little baby through an airport during flu season.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Traveling with an infant is so hard.  Pumping/nursing logistics, sleeping logistics.  I also vote for while pregnant.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

both trips before baby! Just make sure to get the all clear by your doctor at the 31 weeks, becuase its such a short flight you shouldnt have any issues but also make sure you have a backup plan in place (hospitals that are in network and such). I traveled w/o my husband for one trip and it was great then I traveled again late in my pregnancy with him both flights were short and no issues. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

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eyedoc10 :  I’d lean towards before baby, BUT will you end up traveling with the baby to see the inlaws anyways? If so I’d try and double it up with the work trip. I flew with my daughter when she was 4 months old and it is WAY easier than trying to fly with an older baby or a toddler! I had a really easy baby though – I just nursed during takeoff and she slept the entire flight. She started to wake up on landing so I nursed her again and she didn’t cry. I’m also a very minimalist mom so I wore her and didn’t overpack on the clothes/etc. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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eyedoc10 :  Definitely before baby. Traveling with a LO requires so much more luggage to carry all of the necessities for them. Keeping them in a good routine for bed time is important. At 4 months they are just starting to learn a sleeping routine. Sure you will have accomodations when you travel with LO and Darling Husband but sometimes babies sense when they are in a new environment and it can cause them to regress in their sleeping habits. 

Side note: I traveled at 28 weeks for a 2.5 hour flight and yes it was a bit uncomfortable, but I also have traveled with my daughter when she was 8 months and I would definitely take the pre-baby travel over post baby. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE. BEFORE. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

why can’t you do them all?  we are travelers.  having children didn’t stop us from flying, money did.

i flew with a 2month and 22 months old.  my last flight was thanksgiving when my kids were 3.5 and 23 months.  we do a lot more road trips as airfare does get expensive, especially now that my youngest is over 2 we need to buy 4 seats.

but i see no problem with either trip. and i bring our own carseats for both kids as well.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

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Kendrao :  it’s so funny because before I had kids I thought “wtf are in all those bags parents are lugging around?!” and they said “oh just you wait and see” and…..I still can’t figure it out lol. Baby clothes are tiny, I pack enough diapers to get to my destination (where I buy just a small package), and just keep the toys to a minimum. Even when I had to pack a pump and bottles I just brought a couple and washed them after each feeding to reuse. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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LilliV :  we just took a short trip and managed to ‘only’ bring a backpack each and my son’s travel crib. But then also the stroller and car seat 😂 though things like that depend totally on location. I still felt proud of our ability to travel ‘light’ haha

Post # 12
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Helper bee

There’s really no downside to traveling befor the baby is born, but after wouldn’t be that difficult either. You can’t be afraid to travel with your baby, it’s really not as difficult as people make it seems, and you could miss out on a lot.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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eyedoc10 :  before baby 100%

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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LilliV :  Well for our first flight with my daughter I was exclusively pumping so I had to bring allllllll the supplies that go with that, plus extra bottles, plus her stroller, but everything else fit into just one luggage with both mine and my husbands stuff.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

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Kendrao :  I think that’s a big one – we never travel with a stroller! We just carried/wore her when she was a baby and now she’s 2.5 and we just make her walk lol. Use those little legs and get tired kid! 

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