We're expecting baby #1 in September. DH's family are very keen for us to go to this year's family Xmas party, when the baby would be 3 1/2 months.
To get there, we'd need to fly from Perth to Sydney or Brisbane then drive 6 hours. I'm not concerned about the practicalities of actually travelling with the baby, but being new to all this I'm not sure - will the baby be sufficiently vaccinated after only having had its 2 month immunisations?
I realise that the baby could come into contact with germs when we're out and about around home, but feel like I have some control over where we go and who we see - and if anyone appears sick, I'd be quickly taking the baby well away from them. The difference on a plane is that you're stuck with other people (who may be sick) for 5 hours in a closed environment. (Having both worked FIFO for years, DH and I are pretty familiar with the joys of catching a lurgy on a plane - and are both guilty of having flown when we were coughing up a lung).
Aside from that, is it mad to try and travel with a 3 1/2 month old? I'm thinking logistics in terms of putting baby capsules into hire cars, carrying around portacots and prams, etc. At that age are they likely to be unsettled as a result of travelling and staying in different places, or do they not really care where they sleep?
Part of me thinks it would be a convenient opportunity to see DH's family and my own (in BrisVegas), but is it creating a rod for our own back? Part of me also thinks stuff them - we should stay home and tell them that if they want to see the baby, they know where we live! (I know from previous experience that we're always expected to travel to see them - rarely does anyone visit us).