How to Travel with an Infant: Part 1

We have loved spending time with Fay in Thailand.  She loves it here, and the people love her too. Bringing a baby is a great way to strike up conversation and get to know all the wonderful people here, tourists and locals alike.  Experiencing the world as a family is an incredibly enriching experience. We highly recommend it.

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Life is a lot more fun when you stop worrying about dirt, sand, water, poop, pee, and the list goes on….

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Breastfeeding. Get used to nursing in public.  With so much out and about time, it has been pretty much mandatory for Fay. Although Thai women don’t breastfeed in public, we haven’t experienced any negativity when Sloane nurses Fay.  This is probably the most interesting place Fay nursed.  If you want to learn more, you can wikipedia Phra Nang Cave. WARNING: Image not suitable for youngsters…or the immature.

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We love it when other people hold Fay. Particularly during meal times.

Travel Tips for Infants:

We won’t pretend it’s a walk in the park every day.  At the time of writing, we are on a ferry and Fay is fighting her naptime.  It also looks like she is trying to grow some buck teeth. This is bad news for the other 50 people on our boat.

Here are some tips to making life a little easier:

1)   Beco Carrier. If we could only bring one thing for Fay, this is it. We use this daily to tote Fay around. It works like a charm. Light, relatively compact, and pretty comfortable to wear.  Using a carrier is the only way to go in our opinion.   Don’t even think about a stroller.

2)   Buy a Peapod. Imagine a miniature tent just big enough for your baby to sit up in. It is small, lightweight, and very compact.  Once we zip Fay inside, we don’t have to worry about bugs, mosquitoes, or choking hazards. This is where she sleeps every night. Tip: don’t set it near any ledges; Fay has been trying to barrel roll the whole tent when grumpy.

3)   Request the bulkhead seats on the airplane.  Did you know you can attach a bassinet to the bulkhead?  Probably more ideal for babies under 10 months, but either way you have more legroom, and you’re ideally located near the bathrooms and emergency exits. This means plenty of room to walk around and let the little one go wild.

4)   Speaking of planes, arrive a little bit early to the airport.  Not sure what other airlines do, but for whatever reason Delta has to check you in manually when traveling with an infant. They also have to charge you additional hidden fees/taxes for the child (amounted to $95 for us). Don’t ask why, but it took the Delta agent 15 minutes to get this all sorted out.

5)   Don’t overly stress about cleanliness.  We learned early on that Fay cannot be contained. Let’s just hope we’re helping her gain strong immunities to Asian germs.

6)   Snacks are a good way to help keep the peace. We really like the fruit melts by Gerber.  Tasty treat for both child and parents.

7)   Develop patience.  We’re serious about this one. It’s probably the most important tip of all time.  Wish we knew how to help you (and us) on this one.

We are still learning as we go. If you have any other tips, ideas, or suggestions, please let us know! Anticipate another one of these posts near the end of our journey.

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