Thursday, 24 January 2013

Traveling Internationally With Baby- 10 Thing I've Learned

Travelling with a baby can be a daunting and difficult task. Especially if you're travelling internationally. We are on our second trip to the US since having Frostina and I am learning more and more each time. Here's some of what I've learned this trip.
  1. Travelling with a 7 month old is harder than travelling with a 5 month old. I guess the more they can and want to move around, the harder it is.
  2. If you book a bassinet on the aeroplane and it is the kind that attaches to a shelf with straps, your baby will not sleep in it. Instead she will play with the straps for 7 hours or so and only sleep for 45 minutes (and only then because you rocked her to sleep in the aisle). 
  3. I have totally missed the USA and it's customer service. We checked into the hotel and because we had Frostina with us they offered us a fridge and microwave without us even having to ask. Not to mention the upgrade to a "pure" room which is basically a normal room with an air filter in it. But still, clean air is clean air.
  4. Frostina is a total trooper. She loves the buggy and loves being pushed around it in new places. 
  5. She is also great at restaurants, although we've yet to test her much past 5pm. To be fair, I take her to breakfast, coffee, and lunch all the time. But I've always avoided dinner time as I am worried about meltdowns. So tonight The Hubby convinced me to try a very early dinner. She was fine... but we got there at 5 and left by 5:30. So not exactly the kind of dinner's out we're used to.
  6. London isn't nearly as cold as I think it is. After a few days in NYC, London is starting to feel like Hawaii.
  7. Keeping a baby entertained in a hotel room can be a challenge.
  8. If you have a baby who is used to bathing in a small plastic tub, be prepared for screams when you attempt to place her in a full sized tub. Apparently they are super scary for 7 month olds.
  9. If you are lucky, there will be an older and even worse behaved child sitting near you on the plane. That way the dirty looks of your fellow air passengers will be focused their way instead of yours.
  10. My little girl is a total city baby. She can sleep through construction, car horns, and ambulance sirens. In fact, I think she sleeps better with all the noise than at home in her quiet bed.
I'm sure there is more to learn, but we're only half way through our vacation. If I learn anything else I will be sure to share it. 

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're having a good time.

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  2. These are great! I'm glad Frostina is sleeping well while you guys are away from home.

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  3. Good times huh? lol
    I love that life has given you some lemonade to cheer your life's travels. Gotta love traveling with lil ones.
    hugs-
    Felicia

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  4. Following from the GYB hop. My hat is off to you. I remember how hard it was traveling in the US with little ones, I was never brave enough to venture out of our boarders. Great tips:) cheermamadrama.blogspot.com

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  5. I definitely agree - it gets a bit harder as they get older. We first flew with Olivia at 3months across the country (FL to CA) and then at 6.5months. One thing that amused her forever was playing with the "other" baby - the one in the mirror!! The closet doors had mirrors on them and she was entertained for quite a while...it entertained mama too! Glad you are having a nice visit to the US :)

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  6. SO glad you're having a good SECOND trip with your little girl. May I just say, my two would not make a single one flight (they would be that older, worse behaved child) overseas. Hip-hip-hurrah for a great little traveller.

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  7. Hi, I wanted to stop by and say hi from "Grow Your Blog" Enjoying your blog and I am a new follower. I would love for you to come visit and follow back. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
    Hugs,
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  8. Travelling with a baby is challenging. You should read my recent post on travelling by car! Fun times, especially when I have to drive. I'm really glad for you that she s going in the buggy so well, Nicky doesn't seem to last long in the stroller, even with lots of toys strung across. About the bath - we bath him in the big bath at home, I just make it very shallow.

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  9. I totally agree that it's harder to travel when they older. We do a lot of traveling with our now two year old and we just have to do it at night.

    I'm stopping by from the GYB & now following along! Thanks for stopping over at mine! I love "meeting" new bloggers!

    Josie
    http://www.letterstosoph.com

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