I'm due in August with our first, and DH and I are thinking about trying to have a holiday around Christmas time. It's been years since we've been able to have a Christmas that we aren't moving house/posting immediately before or after and we'd love a holiday.
We're thinking about getting a serviced apartment in a beach town - maybe Port Macquarie because its lovely, and we could have dinner out one or two nights while mum and dad babysit (if baby co-operates!)
How did your first holiday with baby go? How old was your LO? In hind sight do you wish you had waited until they were older? How long did you go for? What kind of accommodation? Things you wish you had thought of first or during planning?
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05-05-2014 18:22 #1
Holidaying with a baby - was it what you expected?
05-05-2014 18:44 #2
You will be fine. I took DS away alone as a single parent to Hamilton island and also Fiji. Just do it, think no more about it.
05-05-2014 18:54 #3
We went on a road trip with DS when he was about 8 months old. Had a ball! Would definitely do it again! The only thing that didn't really work out was the portacot - DS wouldn't sleep in it so he snuggled in with me and DH got the single bed
05-05-2014 18:56 #4
I took my baby to Malaysia at 2.5 mths old until she was 5 mths old to stay with my family. I also say go for it. Yes you may be getting some semblance of a routine, and that might to go to bits when you travel, But that probably would have happened anyway!
My bub returned from Malaysia, was unsettled for a few days, then had a few good weeks with 8-9 hr stretches overnight. Then from 6 mths, that's gone to crap, and she's getting up several times a night, despite her having the same routine everyday! So don't be put off travel because you think you might disrupt bubs routine.
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05-05-2014 19:04 #5
Our first holiday was Christmas with a two month old where we flew to Qld and stayed with family. We camped when she was 4 months and then took a driving trip to Adelaide when she was 6 months where we stayed in motor inns and a holiday cottage. Have taken many holidays since then. My tips: try and make sure the place has a separate bedroom to living room. Nothing irritating when you have to sit in the dark 7pm as TV etc is in them same room as a sleeping baby.
You probably don't have to worry too much about 4 month olds but I always try to keep in mind when dd needs a nap and plan accordingly. I also tried to make sure that was in accommodation where problem because it meant she slept longer.
Your holiday sounds lovely
05-05-2014 19:05 #6
First holiday with bub was France and Italy when he was 4mo.
It was perfect. They still sleep so much at that age that we had a lot of time to ourselves.
We stayed in a beautiful villa with pool with our friends so that when bub was napping we would lie by the pool.
We did a few very full on days in Rome and Florence and it went very well. Bub was happy in his pram and did all his naps there
I'd say that it's better to go when they are small. Now that he is 1yo and on the move there's no way he'll be happy to spend a day in his pram...
The flights are a lot harder now too.
05-05-2014 19:07 #7
I've just gotten back from a 4 day holiday interstate with my 3 month old. My mum came along with me and we stayed with family.
It was easy, no different from being at home really, we flew so I didn't bring much. I bought a couple of changes of clothes and a few of her blankets, her pram which she slept in and I used during the day when out, because I didn't have a bouncer or swing she just layed on the floor on a blanket and loved it.
It was honestly fine, I'd do it again and will.
05-05-2014 19:12 #8
We went on holiday a few weeks after the birth of our ds, it actually never crossed our mind not to take him and we just wouldn't have liked to leave him with anyone either. He was a part of our lives now, it was no longer just dh and I. That's Just how we think but not to say its right or wrong. We have just never had the inclination to holiday without our children with us, they come everywhere with us. It wouldn't feel right not having them with us. Dh and I had 14 years of just him and I, we had plenty of time of it being the 2 of us.
05-05-2014 19:16 #9
Our DS1 was 15 months old and we went to Thailand. Personally I wouldnt ever go over there with such a young child again as he got incredibly sick over there. But the 5 days he wasnt sick were wonderful, they're quite easy when they're young usually, though if you have a very routine baby it may be hard
We went to the Sunshine coast when DS3 was 9 months old and it was fantastic, we stayed in a self contained 2 bedroom apartment with the 3 kids and had an absolute blast.
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