I'm part of a large french community here in Melbourne and we are all used to travel for over 20hrs flights with young kids.
The general consensus is that from 2 to 3yo is the worst time to fly. They are two young to understand why they need to stay sited for so long and also too young to "concentrate" on a movie.
It depends on you kid though. With DS it was hell around 12mo as all he wanted to do was walk and crawl everywhere. Now he is 2yo and he can spend hours watching Pepa Pig (it's rather concerning actually!).
He loves having his own seat and a 10hrs flight with him is super easy.
@J37 Id bring your toddler favorite toys, drawing pens and paper, an IPad loaded with games, TV shows and family photos. Also bring his favorite finger food!
IMO all rules go out the window when on a plane. As an adult I never eat as much food or watch as many movies as on a plane and same goes with my kids ;-)
I haven't read the whole post, but going by the original post, let me just say that DH and I started TTC at age 25, and found out we had fertility issues. We conceived 3 years later, but had we waited until our 30s, our chances of conceiving naturally would have been almost non-existent because my disease would have gotten worse without me even knowing I had it, and left untreated, would have taken my fertility with it. Even if you choose not to TTC now, it might be worth just getting a general health check to see where your fertility's at before making the decision to wait...
I married at 21 after being with my.dh for 2.5y. I was 21 with ds and 23 with dd and now at 25 I m expecting our third. I was 18 when I moved to Au fron europe but I habe never been to another country in europe except from my country of.origin amd never saw much of my own country either. Last year we went to europe-paris, rome and my hometown with kids who were 3y and 18m at the time. I would like another child before I m 28 and plan to travel in my mid 40s. For now we are paying off the house and the building we bought amd.plan to open a business in it. We figure its best to take these risks while young. I dont have a big travel bug. I like being comfortable so nice places suit me best. It can all wait and we loved.travelling with kids. They were awesome and we have amazing memories. Also went to gold coast with kids and it was great and relaxing. I always wanted to start family young as I m fit now and can cope with night waking lol In my thirties I want to advance my carrier, pay off debt, get in shape and enjoy my sleep
We flew to the states a couple
months after a torturous trip to the Cotswolds where he wouldn't nap and was loosing the plot by the time we got home, I totally wanted to cancel flying to the states after that, I was traumatized! But he surprised me ☺️.
I think in the end it really comes down to just the type of person and parent you are. If he regularly lost the plot like he did after the Cotswolds and didn't handle traveling well I probably wouldn't be that keen to keep doing it if we had the choice (ie lived in the same country as at least one of our families). We have friends who have really full on kids, not easy to fly with at all, and they live in Australia and are both Australian so don't 'have' to travel but still choose to as they'd rather put up with a couple days of hell and do what they want which is totally fine if that's the type of person you are.
In the end I think at 27 there's no real 'wrong' answer. It's really just down to whatever your personal desires and priorities are. The fact that you haven't travelled much outside of NZ and OZ yet makes me think it's just not that big of an issue for you (which is totally fine) so I think having a baby may not be a 'regret' for you. But I think maybe planning a few weeks in Europe and deciding then or after when to have a baby is a great idea. You'll get a taste and have a better idea of what you want then.
Eta: I just read how much travel you've done around OZ and NZ and I would count that as you've 'travelled' it's more a question of if you want to do more or not, and with your husband, not a question of missing out.
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Then I remembered that my grandpa is actually my 'step' grandpa, my dad's birth father died when he was two. My grandparents were parents in that photo, my dad would have been 5 or 6 years old then. 😉
On the grandma side of things. My kids never got to meet one of their grandma's. She died only days before I fall pregnant. I would give up travel anywhere if only they could have met her.
I travel 4 hours on a plane every few months since my youngest was born. I fly with just my self and him. I take a few toys, a I pad, lots of snacks and colour ins etc... lollipops/something to keep them sucking/chewing swalling are absolutely nesscary to stop their ears for hurting on take off and landing.
We have been blessed and never had a tantrum.
Are you allowed to take a bottle (of milk) on the plane these days? Domestic flight.
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