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    Default International travel with 12 week baby and 2 yo- help!

    Very good friends getting married in the US in November. We will have a 12 week old and a 2 year old (27 months). We are looking at breaking the trip into 3 short day time legs rather than the monstrous direct route, likely stopping overnight in nZ and a few nights in Hawaii. The most we have so far travelled with our 2 year old is 1 hour on a plane and 12 hours in the car. She was very good. The unknown is the baby which hasn't quite arrived yet (3 weeks to go or so). Any tips would be appreciated!

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    Don't expect too much, put bub in a carrier, breastfeed if possible! Lots of snacks and wrapped little presents for 2yo. IPad? Loaded full of peppa pig etc, colouring in

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    We have a portable DVD we used in the car that we can take on the plane. Baby will be BF hopefully. Worked with the last one.

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    I travelled to the US with a 4 month old earlier this year. I didn't find the long flights a problem with her, she slept a lot and honestly feel like if you break it up to much it's going to disrupting with different time zones etc. Having said that I didn't also have a toddler so your needs might be different.

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    Most planes now have iPad equivalents but definitely bring your own. This step is essential. I flew back from Fiji 2 nights ago with 7mth old and nearly 5 year old. The issues are - older child will repeatedly wake the baby. If you can get a seat with a bassinet, do so. Make sure you pack smart - small stowable backpack with change of nappies etc. I put nappies and wipes in front pocket (I travel a lot) as soon as I sit down.

    If there's 2 of you it won't be too bad.

    Try to get a very short direct flight.

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    I traveled to Europe with my 3 month old DD. We stopped over in Bangkok for two nights to break it up which was well with it. DD slept on all the flights. We found night flights were better because she just slept. Make sure you get a bassinet. I would not break it up too much otherwise you are changing time zones a lot and that is more disruptive.

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    We have taken DS on 14 international flights, longest flight 14hrs LA to Brisbane before he was 6 months. The baby should be easy, feed on take off and landing or dummy if bub takes one.
    If your 2yo likes the carseat book with an airline that will allow you to take it on and strap it to the seat - it has to be an approved seat, all airlines have different policies so check before you book. I have been told by friends that it is SUPER easy. Might not be worth buying a new seat for this but maybe you could borrow one?
    Also, agree with night time flights.
    Just go with the flow and have an AWESOME trip!

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    I haven't done it with two kids but we flew to Hawaii with DS when he was 8/9 months and also to UK when he was 16 months, plus Singapore when he was 19 months

    Breastfeeding was great for when he was 8/9 months, helped him settle etc although I have to say he is a great traveller, but if your LO was good on a Long car trip I'm sure she will be fine.

    I found having some new interesting toys for DS was great. I bought a bunch of junky stuff from the $2 store and also bought one cool new more expensive toy that had lots of different sounds and lights etc.

    For 12 week old I would do BF, maybe baby carrier, dummy (if u intend to use one)


 

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