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04/10/2013 at 15:49
Hi all, apologies for my non posting of late. I used to post from my work computer and its very fiddly on my phone!
We've just had an invitation to a family wedding in Canada when S will be 9 months old. We've always wanted to go and this seems like the perfect opportunity. H was ready to book the flights te minute we got the invitation but I want to think about the practicalities. Does anyone have any experience of taking a baby of that age on a long flight?
obviously she'll be on solids by then and forgive my ignorance in this respect but presumably she'll still be on a certain number of bottles per day. Will I still need to be sterilising things? Will a fold up stroller be ok to take with us? Anything else I need to consider?!
04/10/2013 at 16:27
You would be, it is so much easier when they are less mobile.
If you can organised, with snacks and some milk hen your fine. I would go for it!
04/10/2013 at 18:44
If you want an absolute honest answer id strugge with a long flight. Depends on where you are going there and how long/whether it'll be one plane or two etc but E is 9 months this week and nearly walking. I've stopped going to our sign class as she won't sit still for 45mins with lots of interaction so for us personally with E, I wouldn't take a day flight of any length but a fellow tri buddy just did and I hear it was fine as she took two 6 hour flights. E would be fine on night flight though I think.. as she sleeps well and would love the cuddles!
E is currently on 4 bottles a day, and yes guidelines are that you sterilise as long as you use formula but honestly that won't be an issue. As long as you've enough bottles. We sterilised abroad fine both times Es been so far. And yep absolutely fine in a fold up or pram too or sling. Also consider though.. temperature and how it'll affect LO, and where they'll sleep? Any immunisations (assune not for Canada).
So although I wouldn't say it'll be a doddle as that's a lie I certainly wouldn't say don't go. In fact the opposite. At 9 months they love new experiences and learn so much so definitely would be fab!
04/10/2013 at 18:57
Thanks both-it seems like too good an opportunity to miss as we've been offered free accommodation and meals with family so it'd just be a case of paying for the flights. A lot still to consider!
I have no personal experience, but my sister and brother came from the states for my wedding in June, with 3 children under 2 between them, the youngest being only 2 months and they were fine. Just be sure to have lots to keep them entertained, plenty of snacks, etc.
04/10/2013 at 19:37
We did long haul in the summer when B was 7 months. We had a bassinet for him and that was a good send for his sleep, especially on the night flight as it enabled us both to get some sleep. If I had to travel with now at 9 months I'd have to book him a seat as he would be too big bith length and weight and He'd be too difficult to manage on your lap for the 7/8 hours it was, it doesn't help that B is a fidget and like LMs E is almost walking he also isn't too keen on cuddles oh and he's chunky!!!
04/10/2013 at 19:38
We did Boston at that age with no problem. Or jet lag either. Was nothing short of a miracle
06/10/2013 at 03:36
A is almost 9mo and we are in Malaysia at the moment. We did a 6hr flight to Dubai, then 2hr stopover, then 7hr flight to Malaysia. Worked out well, I would say consider the practicalities. We did a night flight so A slept for the entirety of the first flight, then had a good crawl around during the stopover. Was awake for about half of the second flight, we kept him entertained with toys and luckily the flight wasn't full so he had a bit of room to crawl around.
Consider if you get airsickness, I do and that bit was dreadful but we were travelling with my parents so my mum had him for the worst bit.
We had a bassinette but didn't use it, he slept on us.
It's been easier than I thought and he hasn't suffered with jet lag really, he has slept really well actually but as I say do consider the timings of the flights if you can. Message me on FB if you want to ask anything, I'm on my parents iPad and not checking here that frequently.
Oh and I'd never book him a seat at the prices they charge!! He was fine sleeping on our laps then being walked around the aisles, but we did have myself and my H then my parents in the row behind. I'd maybe book him a seat if was travelling solo but really think it was fine with him on myself and H.
06/10/2013 at 03:41
Oh and we used a sling rather than buggy. Some airlines and airports loan you a buggy... Emirates have decent Maclarens.
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