The way to break the ice after 'Junior' comes along and avoid missing out on travel is to still go away but close to home. If things go wrong, then it's a trip up the road to a warm homely bed. There's no need to bang it all on the head and assume that a baby will wreck future travel plans, just because things are not as they were last year.
My middle daughter was on an airplane when she was about 6 weeks old (going to NC to visit her grandmother). my 2 others were probably within 2 mths old.. again visiting family. This, however, is far different than picking up and jetting off to "far away lands" etc etc.. Don't lose your travel bug, but just remember, if you have them with you, they have to be considered in everything.. Did you bring enough nappies.. what about formula.. do I have all the things my baby/child needs.. and don't think you will .. "just make due" or you will be able to find what you are used to at home..
I love to travel and have never actually traveled on a holiday without them (business is a different story).. but you have to be aware that there are other forces at work with children and they can't just go along for the ride.
Come to New Zealand - its remote, lots of adventures to be had while still being safe, lovely and very baby friendly!!
My boyfriend and I are unmarried and I have traveled twice with the baby, without him and haven't been asked to see any sort of consent form. I did bring his birth certificate with me, just in case. Just make sure you put that you have an infant when you get your ticket. My son sat in my lap both times, he was free, but it still says INF on my ticket. -snip-
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
If you have read my few other posts, you will know I travel with my wife and 5 children.
We have traveled with most of them as newborns and infants.
I can think of two things to keep in mind:
[list][*]Infants can get very sick very fast. More important (in my opinion) than the possible diseases at a destination is the availability of pediatric medical care and medicines. Certainly newborns live (and some die) in India. Very bad diseases exist in the USA, Germany, Argentina, etc.
[*]You should take baby supplies on your person for your scheduled travel time PLUS 2 days. You might get bumped from a flight and be separated from your luggage and easy access to stores while waiting for the next flight. Remember, if you are breast feeding, you will need a lot of water while feeding to support your milk production.
We took a trip to New Orleans and ate more meals in the pediatric hospital cafeteria than any of the restaurants. 9 month old with her first ear infection.
The other poster was correct that infants are very easy to travel with. They stay where you put them, and only eat and sleep. When they are 1 year old, then it is a completely different, yet very interesting and rewarding, story.
I hope this helps.
go on short trips and leave the baby at home with nan n pop! problem solved :P
I was born in "British India" and do much of my genealogy there....it is always so saddening to see how many very small children and infants died there, and as a Registered Nurse of 46 years who only retired a handful of years ago, I have to say tiny children CAN go downhill very fast.
In the end you will decide what you want to do by yourselves and it wont matter what other people say. If it was me with my child an infant again, I would stay home! Travel isn't as important as losing something so precious.
Thanks for all the replies.
OK, pretty much decided that India isn't great for a newborn. That leaves the problem of 'where' we should go???
Here's a short list of where i've been. Apologies for mixing countries with cities....
USA - travelled across country (east to west) inc Hawaii
CANADA - Toronto/Vancouver
EUROPE - most of western europe/scandinavia/iceland (inc svalbard).
MIDDLE EAST - Dubai
ASIA - Vietnam/All over China/Sing/Thailand/KL/Delhi/Japan
AFRICA - only been to Morrocco.
OZ - Sydney/Mel/Ayers Rock/Cairns
NZ - Auckland
There's so many 'new' places to see so I dont want to return to a place i've already been.
I'd like to see BRAZIL/CHILE/PERU/EASTER ISLAND/SOUTH AFRICA/MOSCOW/ANTARCTIC.
I'm going to stay away from S.Africa this year because of the W CUP!!!! Is Brazil too far to take a newborn?
I know it's difficult to advise on 'where' somebody else should go due to interests etc, but has anybody got any new ideas? Budget <£3000 ideally for 3 weeks hols.
I live in Manc, UK and my wife doesn't really want to be flying all over the place once arrived...Destination got to be 'semi' civilised due to taking our beautiful baby.
You, my friend, are further down the list of priorities when it comes to new babies - my own experience put me after the mother (third) then fourth, fifth and sixth after each new arrival. In fact, you'll be lucky if you have any kind of say above the sodding cat. So, at the risk of me stepping over the mark, I suggest you pack a bag and clear off for a few weeks on your own to get things out of your system and used to the idea.
Those that love you will understand.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2010, at 05:45 by fabyomama ]