(Closed) Traveling with a 10 week old

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Is it manageable to travel with a 10 week old?
    No - You're totally crazy! : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Yes - You can totally do it! : (39 votes)
    81 %
    Yes - Screw Florida, go to Peru or Seattle! : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think you can do it! I haven’t gotten on a plane with my eight week old but I totally would for a family vacation sort of thing. Grandma’s house seems like the perfect place to go. 

    Think about how you’re going to transport baby through the airport with all of your luggage and for sightseeing. Have you registered for a wrap or hands free carrier yet? At ten weeks, the Moby wrap might be perfect – and as a bonus, you can learn to breastfeed while wearing it so you can feed baby discreetly in your seat. (If that matters to you; you could also feed baby openly if that’s your jam, of course!) I always wear my son when we are on public transportation – it’s just so much easier. 

    If Grandma is going to babysit while you go out to dinner, you’ll need to bring the pump and bottles. You might do okay with a manual pump though, which is much lighter; it’s the sort of thing you’ll have to wait and see. 

    You can’t put sunscreen on a baby under six months, so make sure you have a good UV protective sun hat and some form of shade. If you want to take baby to the beach,you should look into buying or renting a portable cabana type of thing. http://www.toysrus.com/products/baby-beach-tents.jsp’ defer=’defer

    And finally just make sure to moderate your expectations. It takes forever to get out of the house with my baby, because it seems like every time we are ready to go he needs to be fed or changed or I realized I forgot something, and there are plenty of times that we have to just turn around and go back home because he is raising hell and can’t be consoled. So it’s not the best time to go see somewhere new, I think. (Though I have friends who brought their five week old to Barcelona and had a great time.) But all in all, I think you’ll have fun! 

     

    Post # 3
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    888 posts
    Busy bee

    First of all Congrats!  I think you could do it and have it be enjoyable – we have traveled extensively with our 15 month old from 6 weeks on, long plane and car rides, etc.  He has more stamps in his passport than most adults!  But I would definitely recommend that before you book any tickets or tell your grandma of your plans that you wait until after the birth and 3-4 weeks to see how you are feeling and how willing to travel you are.  I have a friend who was not comfortable eating in a restaurant with her baby until he was 15 months old so you just never know.  I would give yourself some time to adjust to motherhood before putting any pressure on yourself with travel commitments.  BTW, you will be amazed at the amount of stuff you will need for the baby to travel.  We got so sick of lugging our toddler car seat around airports (our child is out of the infant car seat) that we received an Orbit Baby Stroller which is the only stroller that a toddler car seat can click onto the stroller.  God send.  But even with that I am still shocked by how much stuff/luggage we have.  I hope that helps you, best wishes!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think you could do it.  Babies at that age are really portable since they sleep so much.  I think you have all of the items.  I would bring the pump I guess.  I always took mine everywhere…I would rather have it than be without and it’s a free carryon item.

    Baby can’t wear sunscreen so just find a way to keep them in the shade.

    And yeah, every time we go somewhere (even an hour away for the weekend) I feel like I am taking my whole house along with me.

    Post # 5
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    1042 posts
    Bumble bee

    You can totally do it. Honestly I’d suggest buying all that stuff online and shipping it to your grandmothers. Seems like an aweful amount of stuff to schlep, plus all your own clothing and personal belongings you’ll need. Just make sure you buy a car seat that says “approved for aviation travel” on the bottoM (if you intend to buy the baby a seat). 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Do it, there are places you can rent car seats.  lower your expectations, before having kids I was out the door in 10 –minutes. Know maybe an hour. We did a roadtrip went our youngest was very young, it was exhausting but fun.

    Post # 8
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    1214 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    JenGirl:  Totally doable. At that age, babies are pretty easy to travel with as long as you have enough hands for all the extra stuff. If you do plan on grandma doing any babysitting, I would for sure bring a breast pump along. Just remember, you might not have the vacation you are envisioning. Your baby might still be waking up multiple times a night. That said, there is no better place to catch a nap than by the pool. And to agree with a PP, babies under 6 months shouldn’t use sunscreen. They have outfits out that contain SPF and those are totally safe and cute! I would still dab a little sunscreen on his or her nose, cheeks, chin, and the tops of hands and feet if you plan on keeping your little one outside in the afternoon. Babies have delicate skin that has never seen the light of day and the Florida sun can be relentless. You don’t want a sunburnt baby. I promise.

    Post # 10
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    888 posts
    Busy bee

    JenGirl:  OMG, you sound like us.  We travel internationally all the time and we used to go strictly carry on.  That was a challenge for my overpacker husband but he got there eventually.  Now we need a freaking luggage cart in the airport and sadly I’m not kidding.  If you think you are still going to travel a lot, buy your baby gear with that in mind and plan for beyond the infant stage.  For example, I got a standard pack and play and after lugging that thing through the airport with a stroller and car seat 10 times, I am sick of it.  Not a big fan of hotel pack and plays so instead of the one we have we got the Baby Bjorn mesh one that folds compactly.  Also wished I had thought of the toddler carseat portability and bought the Orbit Baby travel system from the start but I only thought of the infant stage and now have 2 overpriced travel systems (Bugaboo Cameleon).  I hate waste and wish I had started with the travel friendly options from the start.  There is SO much variability between airlines – what counts for “checked luggage” and what doesn’t.  US Air allows one pack and play or stroller checked for free but British Airways did not.   No problems flying to Paris or home.  Also variability between what is allowed to be gate checked versus what is not.  London Heathrow has been the strictest we have found so far.  If your not flying Business Class (when you do they don’t seem to care what you check for free but a baby in business class is really not that welcome by the other business class fliers so even though DH’s company upgrades for free we usually pass most of the time), then print out from the airlines’ website what is allowed for luggage for a baby because the employees themselves and TSA don’t even know.  But when you have the print out it helps negotiations at the counter.  Travel with a baby can be really fun but you have to change your expectations a bit.  It’s really been heartwarming to travel from the eyes of a parent – what interests your child and the kindness of strangers is overwhelming.  I can’t say enough how nice and child friendly Denmark is.  Hope that helps and congratulations on your baby! 

    Post # 13
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    4133 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    JenGirl:  Don’t rent a car seat. Bring yours and gate check in (in a garbage bag or something to protect from water/dirt). You have no idea what has happened to a car seat you’d rent. I wouldn’t trust it. 

    My Dear Daughter is 10 months and has been to Scotland to see her grandparents 3 times already, with a 4th trip planned for this summer. 

    I packed my carrier because it goes mostly flat. I took Dear Daughter in the travel system (car seat and stroller) through the airport – the basket under the stroller was a godsend for carting crap – my purse, diaper bag, boppy, DH’s computer bag, etc. 

    Bring extra clothes for the baby on the plane – AND FOR YOU! If baby spits up or pees on you, you want a change of clothes. 

    We bought a pack n play and leave it at my MIL’s house. Since they are good until the kid is 2 or so, it was a good investment. If you think you’ll be spending lots of time at grandma’s in FL, buy one and have it shipped there and then just leave it there. 

    Time your flights. We always take the overnight to Scotland and Dear Daughter sleeps pretty much the whole way. This last flight, she was asleep before take off and woke up when they were giving us breakfast. 

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