My partner and I really want to book a holiday to Japan at the end of next year.
I'm due in July so Bubs would be roughly around 6 months.
We feel like it would be manageable as I'm hoping to be BF'ing, lots of baby wearing, my sister will be coming with so another set of hands etc
We're not to fussed on the skiing more just want to go see snow (Niseko) and visit Tokyo as well.
We'll probably only go for 10-14 days so just wondering if anyone has travelled with a Bubs this little and have you got any tips?
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07-01-2014 02:48 #1
Japan with a 6 month old
07-01-2014 06:20 #2
I have travelled to Malaysia with my 2.5 month old, and will be flying back to Melb when she's almost 5 mths (DH only accompanying us on the return trip).
The flight was fine, just would be good to have the extra hands for carrying the bags. I had her in the Ergo, and she was fine in it. She slept great on the flight, I think the engine white noise helped. Pacifier essential - sometimes she woke up a bit cranky in the Ergo, popped the paci in and it was smooth sailing.
I'm staying with family, no sightseeing etc to do, but just remember at 6 mths your bub will be on 2-3 naps a day, so unless you nap on the move in the Ergo/ a pram, you'll be a bit restricted in going out. I think ultimately it's really hard to say - you may have a flexible bub and travel would be a breeze, or when the time comes the last thing you may want to do is travel.
07-01-2014 08:46 #3
Haven't been to Japan but have travelled to Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong) with my little one at 4 months and again at 7 months.
Flying with them at that age is quite delightful. They are little enough to not need to run around and expend their energy. Feed or dummy on take off and landing helps with ear pressure.
The Ergo is great for getting on/off planes and also for areas in cities where pram access is hard (I found Hong Kong to be extremely pram unfriendly).
As a previous poster mentioned, naps can impact how much you can do/see in a day. Our bub was on 2 naps by our second trip, so our day would generally be everyone up at 7-7:30, out for a walk and/or breakfast. Morning nap for everyone at our accommodation and then out for the day and second nap on the go (in the pram or ergo).
We found it very helpful to be flexible and know that our usual routine might not work each day. For example, we went to Hong Kong Disneyland one day and decided that to get the most out of the day, we needed to set out early and all naps were in the pram (our bub doesn't sleep as long on the go as in a cot) - and it might mean an earlier bedtime or squeezing in an extra little nap.
One thing I did find, was that the places we visited aren't as breastfeeding-friendly as over here. I wasn't comfortable feeding in public and it was way too hot to use a cover - but I often struggled to find a parents' room to feed in. I'm not sure what it is like in Japan though. I found it much easier traveling the second time, when bub was mix feeding, as I could give him a bottle when out and about.
Hope that helps
08-01-2014 08:51 #4
Those are excellent points sycx.
Yes I forgot about feeding, it's not easy to feed in public at all. I find I'm keeping all my outdoor trips short so that I can feed before I leave, and delay bub til I get home (never more than 3 hrs, usually less eg. just to a restaurant, or grocery shopping).
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