[Parentsgroup-list] traveling with an infant
emilie.cappella at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 14:40:35 EST 2007
I agree with everything, and I suggest you use a pop-up travel bed. Some
have a foldaway mosquito net, it's very useful when you're sitting outside
and you need to put the baby for a nap. It is also easier and lighter than a
stroller to carry. The Pogy seems great, but I didn't try it.
----- Original Message -----
From: <wenc at fas.harvard.edu>
To: "Maryann Shenoda" <mshenoda at fas.harvard.edu>
Cc: <parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] traveling with an infant
> Here's my novel-like response. It is MUCH easier to travel with an infant
> with a toddler, assuming you're breastfeeding. I have friends who
> all over India and Malaysia for months starting when their baby was 5
> old. (When he started walking they got an apartment.) I would absolutely
> the trip.
> Breastfeeding will also pass your antibodies on to the baby for whatever
> might be around. It will also save your life on the plane. If you are
> about nursing in public, maybe get one of those poncho things you can put
> on to
> cover everybody.
> For vaccines, see what the guidelines are there--they may be different
> from the
> U.S. (as in requiring fewer shots). I would avoid loading up on
> or getting ahead of the typical schedule before you go--you can always get
> there if you need/want to.
> I would also highly suggest getting out of the stroller mentality
> altogether and
> just using an Ergo or Baby Bjorn pack, so your hands are free and you
> dragging a giant plastic thing around with you all the time. When baby is
> little bigger, maybe get a backpack. (Snugli makes one that isn't as
> as the Kelty packs, though the Kelty does have storage)
> You also do not need a porta crib or anything like that--just put the baby
> bed with you if you can make it safe (no big fluffy European down duvets,
> instance). If that won't work, just buy a bassinet when you get there, or
> it the old-fashioned way and put baby in a dresser drawer.
> With a baby that small you will not even need any toys (trust me--you will
> regret bringing them,) and basically no other paraphernalia other than
> diapers to get you to the next location & a few changes of clothes. Once
> 4-6 months old, baby will be completely entertained by what she sees just
> traveling around with you, or by chewing on spoons at the cafe etc., and
> that just keeping her close to your body and breastfeeding whenever she
> will probably be all you need to keep her happy.
> Just ignore the mareketing forces that tell you that you need to buy a
> of stuff for a newborn, travel very very lightly, and take naps as often
> possible! The only issue might be is if you end up with a c-section or
> other major issues, you might still not be feeling 100% 8 weeks after the
> birth. So just plan on taking it very easy at first.
> Quoting Maryann Shenoda <mshenoda at fas.harvard.edu>:
>> Dear all,
>> My husband and I are expecting in early May. We have an opportunity
>> to go to Budapest with the baby in late June and we were wondering if
>> it is advisable to travel with such a young infant. We'll be staying
>> in Budapest for two weeks. What might traveling with an infant
>> entail (shots, medicine, what to take with us, tips for the airplane,
>> etc.)? This is our first child, so any suggestions would be much
>> appreciated. Thanks.
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