BTDTs...travel w/ a newborn/young infant

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BTDTs...travel w/ a newborn/young infant
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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 12:05pm

my sister has been engaged since just before thanksgiving '08...at first her wedding date was set for september of last year, but then they called it off in the interest of giving themselves more time to save for her big church wedding that is so totally not her, lol.

well, she's seen the light and decided to do something much simpler and easier to plan! yay! unfortunately for me, that means that she's planning it quickly and wants to do it before she and her FI move to wherever he decides for grad school...which means this summer. as much as this is an inconvenience for me, with a baby due in late april (probably won't come till may, lol), but it's her wedding, and she actually asked when i thought i could make it so she could set a date, which was very considerate of her. she didn't have to do that.

anyway, i told her the thing about not taking a baby out in public except for checkups for the first 4-6 weeks, yadda yadda, and gave her the wide timeframe of anytime after approximately mid-june. my question is...how portable are babies, really? YOUNG babies...likely in the 6-12 week range? is it a total pain? she's said something about talking to our parents and maybe the three of them chipping in to help us get plane tickets so we wouldn't have to drive, which is also very very nice of her. babies on a plane though? is that a huge PITA, or will it be as simple as, "if s/he gets fussy, just put a boob in her/his face and voila!"

i'm also supposed to be her matron of honor...we shall see how the dress thing works out with the baby weight, lol. but that's a question for another post down the line i think...right now i'm most concerned with the logistics of traveling with a nearly newborn/young infant.








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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 12:28pm

They are sooo portable Carly! I think it will be totally doable. Little babies like that will sleep anywhere so it's really nice. As they get older, that aspect gets harder, so they get less portable.

When James was 6 (or 7?) weeks old we took him on a 4 hour road trip to an outdoor music festival. We got a hotel as camping seemed like a bit much, but it was really fun and not a pain at all! He slept nearly all the way there and back, we just had to stop about half way to nurse him and change his diaper. Really, it was very fun, he would nap in the moby, or in your arms, so it wasn't really a problem.

I think around 3 or 4 ish months it got a little harder to get James to sleep anywhere. But I can't remember exactly when it happened. Probably closer to 4 actually.

Here are the few problem we had:

Blow out diaper in the car, way not fun, all his clothes were soaked etc. If you're going to try using disposable diapers for travel, make sure you get good quality and plenty big in size. I never had a blowout in cloth, but we decided to go with disposables for the trip because they would be "easier". Cleaning up a blow out in a gas station bathroom without a changing table is not fun. So, make sure you have reliable diapers!

Leaky boobs. My milk was not totally regulated yet and I was still really leaky, make sure you have plenty of breastpads if you're still struggling with this when you go. Also some sort of pump would have been nice for me. I ended up totally engorged (maybe because of the heat and being outside all day? I have no idea...) And I had to hand express milk in a porta potty to get more comfortable, plus I soaked through my shirt because I didn't have enough breast pads.

So yeah, see, those problems were not so bad and easily could be avoided. I think you could definitely have no problem traveling with a 6-12 weeker!

(p.s. sorry for the book :-))

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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:06pm

Dylan spent the first year of his life travelling! I was off on mat leave and I wanted all the relatives to get to see the baby :)


Basically, up until he turned a year - everything was simple.


For the infant, we didn't bring strollers bc ours didn't fully recline. So we just used the sling or bjorn. If you are doing a lot of walking then you might want a travel system. Tho I wouldn't want to fly with one - too bulky! I didn't even bring the carseat on flights - our rental car had one so we didn't need it.


All the hotels we used had complimentary pack n plays. He would never sleep in a PnP tho. By one year, he was using his own bed in the hotel room!


At GGma's (great grandmother), he slept on some couch cushions on the floor (I didn't want to lug a PnP on the ferry). So he got pretty used to sleeping/being anywhere.


I'm sure you'll be fine. I wish Dylan was so easy now...toddlers are not quite as flexible!! LOL.


Dee


PS: I'm on the west coast of Canada - so a flight to Florida is 12 hours and 2 stop-overs. My only problem was AF decided to return that day and I had serious problems picking baby up after sitting for such long periods of time, yikes!


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Registered: 12-28-2005
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:09pm
don't worry about a long post, the advice is great! noted on the breast pads, etc, lol...i'd hate to leak thru my bridesmaid dress! if we drive, well, it's a smidge more than 4 hours...more like 18 (WITHOUT having to stop every two hours). i think that's why she was thinking of flying us out there.







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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:23pm

Carly, I'm not a BTDT, but I think plane might be better than car at that age. You won't know until (s)he is born if (s)he is the type of baby who HATES being in a carseat, and if (s)he is, then there is pretty much no way you could drive. When they are that young on a plane, you don't have to get them a seat and can just hold/nurse them the whole time, which is what (s)he is going to want at that age, anyway.

But just from incidental experience, I think it is completely doable, and on a perk, your family will be able to see him and spend time with him.


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Registered: 12-28-2005
Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:25pm

ouch dee...welcome back AF, eh? lol.

i hadn't thought about the stroller thing. i guess we'll be slinging baby most of the time. we can't really afford to stay in a hotel the whole time, so we'll probably bring our bassinet (we're getting an arm's reach mini-cosleeper, which collapses nicely and comes with a carrying case) and staying with family.








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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:25pm
They are extremely portable at that age! I just flew with my 7-month old and even she was fantastic on the plane. But we also took a 6-hour road trip with her when she was about 6 weeks old and she slept most of the way, only waking up to be fed twice. I wouldn't worry about flying with the baby at that age at all - go for it!
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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:28pm
"your family will be able to see him and spend time with him."



this was my first thought, lol! that, and since my sister's wedding colors are turquoise and fuschia, i was thinking wouldn't it be cute if tadpole wore a dress or tie (depending) to match mama's bridesmaid dress? lol.



thanks for the thoughts adrienne!







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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:29pm

And, just thought I would share, hehe. These are the breast pads I am planning on getting:

www.simplylily.com/product1.html

Instead of absorbing milk like traditional pads--these silicone pads stick to your breast to prevent the milk from flowing out. So you can use them without a bra, while swimming, etc, and never have to change them or worry about them "filling up".


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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:31pm

"i was thinking wouldn't it be cute if tadpole wore a dress or tie (depending) to match mama's bridesmaid dress? lol. "

Awwwwwwwwww. Pretty cute, can't wait to see pics, LOL.


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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 1:37pm
I think that infants are very portable, easier at that age then some of the others.

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