Jump to content

Fiji with 10 Month Old
Advice Please

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 jdevine

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:28 AM

Hi Everyone

My husband and I are planning a trip to Fiji next year with our daughter before i have to return to work. Our daughter will be 10 months old. We are doing a lot of research and are getting a bit overhwelmed! Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay, we have been looking at the Coral Coast or Mamanucca Islands. Main concerns are ease of transfers with a 10 month old, especially after a flight from Sydney. Also, we are a bit unsure what to do about food for her? She loves her solids and only eats food i prepare at the moment. I have been told to take packet food for her for the entire trip but have also read others who just gave their bubs appropriate food from the hotels.

Any tips greatly appreciated! For us, we just want somewhere to relax, access to a babysitter for the odd meal on own own and somewhere we will all enjoy with nice snorkelling.


#2 Pompol

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

We did exactly this with 10mo DS.

Just had private transfers from airport to Sofitel at Denarau, then went onto Shangri La at the Coral Coast the next day, also a private transfer (and the same return). It didn't add much at all to the cost of the trip and our travel agency arranged car seats (as well as portacots and high chairs for the whole trip).

From memory we had the choice of an early flight or a later one, we took the early one and getting the airport in time was painful but we were settled at the resort at Denarau in time for a restful afternoon by the pool, which was awesome.

We just fed DS from the restaurants, but he and I did both get a nasty case of upset tummy. I remember feeling terrible for not being more careful at the time but in hindsight it was probably the paw paw he ate, as even now 2 years later he would eat the stuff until it comes out his ears if I let him but just a few bites gives him an upset tummy.

I did take a bunch of those Rafferty's satchels but he wasn't having a bar of that when DH and I were gorging ourselves on delicious fresh food.

I was most cautious about the water, as our GP suggested we make sure he only drank bottled water. This was easy enough as there was Fiji water everywhere we looked  rolleyes.gif

I have the most amazing photo of DS, asleep in the arms of a young male waiter at dinner, he snuggled up into the man's shoulder and just went out like a light. The staff at both resorts we visited were brilliant with him, he was a little celebrity and lapped it up.

We had a nanny at the Shangri La too, and went out for dinner by ourselves a few times. Our nanny was marvellous. We were embarassed by how poor the hourly rate was, and at the end of the week DH gave her a big tip and some extortionistically expensive choccies from the gift shop. I had done some research and taken with us some Aussie gossip mags even though I don't read them, as they are very pricey at the resort but it's a nice way to get your nanny on side wink.gif

I can't think of a better place to take a child that age. Enjoy original.gif

#3 shannon31

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

WE traveled to Fiji last year when my DS was 9 months, we flew from Sydney & I think the flight was under 4 hours and he had a pretty decent sleep on the plane, I breastfed during take off and we had no problems on the flight. We stayed at Outrigger on the Coral Coast which was about 90 minutes from the airport. I think our flight was 2pm, there is a time difference of 3 hours I think, by the time we got our transfer to the resort a few hours had passed since his nap (customs, luggage etc) and I think he slept again for most of the trip. Going home was a bit harder, we were on a 9am flight so we had to leave the resort pretty early, about 4.30am but I think I managed to get him back to sleep and he had another nap on the flight home. I have heard of some people spending their last night in Denarau so they are closer to the airport.
I wasn't sure about food so I took a stack of pouches but didn't use many at all, mainly used them if we were out of if he was asleep and missed lunch. The resort we stayed at provided all of our food, we always had a high chair at breakfast and dinner which were often buffet type things so he was able to have lots of different types of food and I think we let him feed himself a lot. We used a babysitter for dinner on a few occasions and he was always asleep when we got back. The Fijians are wonderful with children, always very warm and friendly, they always made a huge fuss of everyone's children.
We had a lovely holiday, there is not heaps to in Fiji so you do need to get into relax mode, enjoy the sun, pool, food etc and recharge but there are lots of water sports and various day trips, all of the resorts have lots of activities if that;s your thing. Both of our kids really enjoyed themselves. We chose the Outrigger as I wasn't keen on staying on an island, I thought it would be too restrictive if we wanted to go out. I wanted to stay somewhere that seemed a bit more traditional and I heard that Denarau is quite Westernised, you could be staying anywhere. Also this resort had a kids eat, stay, play free etc offer as as we have 2 kids it seemed better value and we used the kids club occasionally for our older son.
My son actually was unwell when we were away, just a viral infection, not from anything he ate or drank, there was a medical centre at the resort, they were able to see him straight away and I was able to get medicine there for him as well which was fantastic so it might be worth checking if there is any medical assistance where you are staying just in case as some of the resorts are very isolated and a long way from anything. I can't remember about the water but I think we always had several bottles left in our room everyday.

2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.