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travel with infant/toddler poll.

We are flying the newest one back to the states for her Baptism. The longest leg of the trip in would be about 10 hours on a plane and into a time zone of 9 hours difference.

I am not working around fixed holidays (like Easter/Xmas/whatever) so I can pick when we go over. What do you think is the best age for long haul travel? Is there any age that you would avoid like the plague?

FWIW.... in theory I would be exclusive BF on the trip (or mixing solids with exclusive BF in case of 6+ months baby) so won't have to deal with bottles. Also, we would want to purchase a seat even though we don't have to. If either of those make a difference.


Re: travel with infant/toddler poll.

  • I flew with Bean when she was 3.5-4 months and it was a cakewalk. She did nothing but sleep and nurse the whole time. I say, the younger the better. Once they're mobile and babbling and require entertainment, it's a different ballgame. She was 8 mos when we flew again (though a much shorter flight) and it was still fine, doable, non-nightmare-ish, but did take more effort.
  • I don't want to hijack the post, but how long does it take to get a baby a passport?
  • I would think that the earlier, the better...but what do I know.  Good luck with it!

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  • Other - younger than 5 months. As soon as you're up for it go. We took Bruce for Christmas from 5-8 weeks and he was so good. It was the easiest trip we took with him that was long haul by far. Other than the fact that it was our first time travelling with a baby and we had to figure things out but that was our issue. He was remarkably easy. They're more portable and more flexible and don't require entertainment.
  • image Publius:
    I don't want to hijack the post, but how long does it take to get a baby a passport?

    I am giving it 2-3 months so we don't have to rush anything. I think the process takes 4-6 weeks on average.

    I think we get her birth cert within week or two from the Dutch (someone said same day as registration, and that is required by law to be done within 3 days but I don't know for sure), then can register her locally and get her local passport the same time, about 2-4 weeks wait then she has her Dutch passport ready for pick up.

    For the American one she needs her Dutch birth cert, a trip to the consulate (worse case- 3 week waiting for the appointment), we get her American cert of birth abroad/apply for passport same time, wait about 1-2 weeks for it to show up (this is our normal turn around time) and then pick up.

  • And I should add we won't have the funds to go before 5 months. Sad

    I was hoping to go during the "sleeps constantly" stage but no can do.

  • I agree, the younger the better, but anytime before the kid is mobile is pretty much the best and definately before they're walking.

    We flew, 9 hours, with Sadie at 4 months old and it was simple. We did same trip at 1 year old and it was much more work.

    FWIW, she has always been a pretty easy going kid when it came to traveling. She's easily entertained.

    Now, in November, she'll be 2 yr 3 months old... this should be a trip to write about!

  • image Publius:
    I don't want to hijack the post, but how long does it take to get a baby a passport?

    Once we submitted the paperwork for Bean's birth certificates, it took 2-3 days to get those. With a birth certificate, we could apply for the Danish passport, and that was another 3 days turnaround. It was ridiculously fast. It took more time to get the motivation to go get the passport photo taken than anything else.

    For her American passport, it should have taken about 2 months, but we screwed up and took the wrong birth certificate to the embassy, so it actually took around 4. We applied for Certificate of Birth Abroad, SSN, and passport all in one go, and it would have been really easy if we'd not screwed up! ;) The wait is just for the appointment, which we couldn't make until she was born.

  • Our 4 month and 8  months trips from UK-US were easy peasy. All trips in year 1 were harder. Now they are easy again, cause he watches DVDs!


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  • We are planning to travel with our little one at 5-6 months from India to Singapore (which is only a 4 hour flight).  We will do the trip from India to Hawaii (with a stop-over in San Francisco for a few days) when he's 10 months old.  I've got an appointment to apply for his Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Passport and SSN this Friday (they said it takes about 3 weeks to get everything back from the US).   

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  • Oh, and we had both of Finn's passports by 2.5 months. The US one came in a week, but we had to wait 2 months for the appt.
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  • Before crawling. After that it's hell until they've mastered walking and have a good attention span, after 18 months, closer to two.

    image sarahkelly:

    I agree, the younger the better, but anytime before the kid is mobile is pretty much the best and definately before they're walking.

    It's actually easier if they're walking, crawling is the worst. Just close your eyes, and imagine your baby crawling across an airport floor or crawling down the aisle of a 747. Now picture their hands afterwards. Now vomit. Then, imagine they're in the same place, but walking with only shoes on the ground.

  • image Publius:
    I don't want to hijack the post, but how long does it take to get a baby a passport?

    Depends on the country. Just make sure you take the photo before they learn to smile.

  • We had Both Bruce's US and UK passports in time for our trip when he was 5 weeks old. It can definitely be done. We didn't even have to pay for express service on either of them. We did the mail in one for the UK where someone in the post office checks it and then you send it from there. For the US we obviously went to the Embassy and they assured us there was no need to do the rush service and they were right. We actually got his American passport before his UK one. 

  • People can bloody well travel to me for the next few years.  

  • We flew with our DD when she was just 11 days old and then again at 2 months. These were both trips to the East coast so it was 2 2 hour flight with a layover each way. It was way easy (I BF and that was way easy). We are leaving for Europe in 4 weeks when she will be 4 months old. I suspect that it won't be too bad then either... Her passport took about 3 weeks here in the US, I don't have her Dutch passport yet, that will be next but we have to go to San Fran now (previously we could do it in Denver) so that will require a bit more effort. I took the pic for her passport and it only took about 40 tries to get one without a smie, eyes open etc. The Dutch pics have more requirements so that should be fun once we are ready for it.
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  • I just flew with my LO to Australia and Hawaii while between 5-7 months old. It was super easy because she mostly nursed and slept the entire time. However, I will note that on the flight coming back at 7 months, she was definitely more active and didn't want to sleep as much so it was a pinch harder, but still pretty easy.
  • image brainie:

    People can bloody well travel to me for the next few years.  

    I only wish!!! I actually told the parents we weren't taking the extra 6 hour car journey to their house from the airport- they could meet us instead. My mom actually complained. Thank goodness she complained during my cranky day- she actually got told what to do with her 6 hour car journey. And I don't feel bad for saying it!

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