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#1 lis.seddon

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

Hi there,
I'm brand new to this forum and hoping for a bit of advice.

My lovely son was born May 16 2012.  I've spent most of the last 8 months struggling with post natal depression (quite severe) and was hospitalised for a few weeks when he was 7 weeks old because of it.  (Thank goodness for the Mother Baby Unit!)

ANYWAY, we're planning a trip to Thailand (Phuket) in Term 1 school holidays (23 April - 1 May) this year.  We're looking at staying in the Busakorn Wing of the Holiday Inn on Patong Beach.  We've been there before (not stayed in that place) and had a great time.

BUT the nerves and anxiety of the logistics of travelling with a baby is putting me off booking it.

I HAVE A MILLION QUESTIONS!  CAN YOU HELP ME?!?!?!?!

1- NAPPIES! OMG what do you do? Take some with you, buy some? What?

2 - DS is on formula (don't hate me - part of the PND is due to guilt re: feeding struggles) and how do I feed him when we're in transit?

3 - Solids? Do I pack enough for the trip? Or buy some there?

4 - Immunisations? He's under 2 so is that a problem?

5 - 8 hour flight (I dont fly well) with a baby who refuses to sleep anywhere but his bed (we're working on it).  Any tips? Do I ask the dr for sleeping tablets? What do I do?!

6 - Prams.  Do you take one? Will it get damaged by baggage handlers?

7 - High chairs? What do you do? How do  you feed solids?

8 - Vehicle transfers (ie from airport to hotel) what do you do with no baby seat?

9 - Water - my DS refuses to drink water (drinking in general is an issue - he struggles with formula from a bottle too) and I'm worried he'll get dehydrated.  Do i add some apple juice or something to sweeten it? Or just keep struggling between now and April and hope he gets the hang of it?

10 - Lay overs in airports!  With all our stuff checked through, what do we do with a potentially screaming 11 month old with a 6 hour wait in an airport? What do we do if he wants to sleep but we've no where to put him?  Luckily we have Qantas club but its not going to be useful for all the waits.


I think this trip would really help me with my PND and be a great positive family experience, so I really want to try to resolve these issues so that we can go and have a great time.

#2 SplashingRainbows

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:22 PM

I travelled to that exact hotel with a 7 month old - and was sooo nervous too. All went well though - hopefully I can help ease your mind.

1. I took nappies but we went for less than a week so it wasn't too much trouble. I'm certain it was the cheaper way to go.

2. check out your airline - but you can take infant food/formula on the flight. Just take extra in case you are delayed at all.

3. I took a good supply of rafferty pouches, museli bars etc - food that travelled well and kept for the week. However our baby ate local food (where I was happy with the quality of food hygiene). He loved the fresh thai food - I just made sure we ate from good quality places.

4. See your GP - mine put my mind at ease about the immunisations required (or not) and gave brilliant advice on things to do/take from a first aid perspective.

5. It will probably be better than you think - if not it is only one day!

6. We hired one but it was awful. At 11 months I think I would buy a $25 stroller from target.

7. Baby sat on our laps or high chairs in the restaurants. Baby can also sit on tiled floors with a rug or blanket. Washing is cheap cheap cheap over there.

8. We hired but if I went again I would see if I could take my own - we spent several hundred more on transport than we needed to just so we could ensure a car seat.

9. Ask your GP. Personally I'd add fruit juice to water if thats what it takes to keep the fluids up. Don't underestimate how much they can grow up in the space of days let alone weeks/months.

10. We took a baby carrier with us that we used to have baby in as needed. Meant he could sleep and I still had my arms free. Would that possibly work?

#3 marnie27

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hi  original.gif

We took our DS to the USA at 9 months old for a month and last October we took both DS and DD (aged 3 and 15 months at the time) to Phuket for a week so I will try to answer some questions for you.  

1. We took nappies and wipes with us to Phuket.  We didn't really take me stuff over as it's so hot and we mainly packed summer clothes and swimming gear so plenty of room in our luggage.  

2.  Both our two were on formula when we travelled.  We packed two dispensers full of formula for our hand luggage and took empty bottles on the place.  We asked the flight attendants to fill them with boiled water so they could cool.  Otherwise bottled water will be fine - your DS will be almost one by then anyway.  We also took one made up bottle on the plane with us as drinking a bottle for take off and landing helps children "pop" their ear pressure.  We had no problems with security etc.  I'd take a full can of formula in my luggage plus a dispenser in the plane - the flight to Phuket is not that long (compared to our trip to the US when we were in transit for 19 hours).

3.  Pack some solids for the trip plus some extras but you will be able to buy them over there.  The sachet packs (Rafferty's etc) are great because they reseal and they are lighter than cans, won't smash like glass jars.  Also if you forget a spoon they can eat straight from the sachet.

4.  We didn't need any extra immunisations for our trip to Phuket.

5.  Flight was fine - DD slept most of the way (noise of the plane soothed her) but otherwise plenty of little things to keep him distracted, lots of snacks, that kind of thing.  For our long flight to the states we used a wrap to strap DS to us to sleep.  I couldn't relax when he was in the bassinette because I worried he'd wake up while I was sleeping, try to get out and fall.  In the wrap we could both sleep together.  We didn't use any medication (though we took panadol with us in case of fever or teething pain while we were away).

6.  We took a pram - it was fine and didn't get damaged.  We did take a cheap umbrella style pram (that still reclined) just in case it was lost or damaged and because it was lighter and easier to cart around - but we had no problems.

7.  Most restaurants in Phuket have highschairs anyway - we ate lots at our hotel and it was very kids friendly.  Otherwise we sat DD on grass near the pool, held her on our lap, sat on pool lounges to eat etc.  Very casual and easy to feed without worrying about the mess.

8.  We didn't order a baby seat - just took DD in the seat with us.  Made me very nervous but it was fine.  We also went in tuk tuks with her.  Not sure why I felt that was ok - we are extremely strict about car seats here.  However you should be able to take both a pram and a car seat with you (check the conditions of your ticket) and the cars/large vans we went in all had anchor points - you could request one especially.  I think we didn't worry as we didn't take a carseat for DS to the US as it was completely impractical - we mainly flew or trained around the states and there is no way we could have managed a car seat as well (plus we only would've have used it for 3 short drives).

9.  I would persevere with water.  He will drink more if he is thirsty over there.  You can also offer him watery foods (like fruit plus adding water to any purees etc).  Just remember to only drink bottled water (you guys as well).

10.  Baby sling?  Otherwise check if you can borrow/hire a pram in the airport or if you can put your pram in the actual plane.  We were allowed to for one part of our USA trip - DS slept in Hong Kong airport in his pram for hours - with me asleep on the floor hugging the pram and his feet (in case anyone tried to take him out!   laughing2.gif )

Phuket is a great place to go with kids - we really just lazed around the resort, watched fireworks on the beach and relaxed.  The people there were so friendly to the kids - to the point DS kept asking why everyone wanted to be his friend.  They were really helpful every time we went out to dinner etc - I had to tell the waitstaff that they didn't have to entertain the kids for us as I felt bad that they were already working hard enough.  We stayed away from the rough nightclub areas and the shopping was pretty boring (unless you like 3000 stalls of the same knock-off stuff).

Travel is a wonderful gift to give your children and I think starting young is great - our trip this year is to drive from Perth to Tassie and back again.  If you need any extra info about Phuket just ask.

#4 lis.seddon

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

QUOTE (brighton14 @ 27/01/2013, 02:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I travelled to that exact hotel with a 7 month old - and was sooo nervous too. All went well though - hopefully I can help ease your mind.

1. I took nappies but we went for less than a week so it wasn't too much trouble. I'm certain it was the cheaper way to go.

2. check out your airline - but you can take infant food/formula on the flight. Just take extra in case you are delayed at all.

3. I took a good supply of rafferty pouches, museli bars etc - food that travelled well and kept for the week. However our baby ate local food (where I was happy with the quality of food hygiene). He loved the fresh thai food - I just made sure we ate from good quality places.

4. See your GP - mine put my mind at ease about the immunisations required (or not) and gave brilliant advice on things to do/take from a first aid perspective.

5. It will probably be better than you think - if not it is only one day!

6. We hired one but it was awful. At 11 months I think I would buy a $25 stroller from target.

7. Baby sat on our laps or high chairs in the restaurants. Baby can also sit on tiled floors with a rug or blanket. Washing is cheap cheap cheap over there.

8. We hired but if I went again I would see if I could take my own - we spent several hundred more on transport than we needed to just so we could ensure a car seat.

9. Ask your GP. Personally I'd add fruit juice to water if thats what it takes to keep the fluids up. Don't underestimate how much they can grow up in the space of days let alone weeks/months.

10. We took a baby carrier with us that we used to have baby in as needed. Meant he could sleep and I still had my arms free. Would that possibly work?


Oh thank you so much for your response.  You've made my day! original.gif I think we might go ahead and book!

How did you find that hotel with a baby? Did you use their port-a-cot or take your own?  

How did the luggage allowance work on the plane?

Did bubs get their own checked luggage PLUS checked pram PLUS check cot?  That seems like too much!!

How did you deal with formula in transit?  Just take a big tin of it and some bottles full of water and mix as needed?  

The thought of being on a plane for a long time with a baby gives me such panic - my little man is in the HIGH MAINTENANCE category of babies I'm ashamed to say.

Are there any tips of things I can do now to prepare him (and me) for the trip?


#5 lis.seddon

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE (marnie27 @ 27/01/2013, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi  original.gif

We took our DS to the USA at 9 months old for a month and last October we took both DS and DD (aged 3 and 15 months at the time) to Phuket for a week so I will try to answer some questions for you.  

1. We took nappies and wipes with us to Phuket.  We didn't really take me stuff over as it's so hot and we mainly packed summer clothes and swimming gear so plenty of room in our luggage.  

2.  Both our two were on formula when we travelled.  We packed two dispensers full of formula for our hand luggage and took empty bottles on the place.  We asked the flight attendants to fill them with boiled water so they could cool.  Otherwise bottled water will be fine - your DS will be almost one by then anyway.  We also took one made up bottle on the plane with us as drinking a bottle for take off and landing helps children "pop" their ear pressure.  We had no problems with security etc.  I'd take a full can of formula in my luggage plus a dispenser in the plane - the flight to Phuket is not that long (compared to our trip to the US when we were in transit for 19 hours).

3.  Pack some solids for the trip plus some extras but you will be able to buy them over there.  The sachet packs (Rafferty's etc) are great because they reseal and they are lighter than cans, won't smash like glass jars.  Also if you forget a spoon they can eat straight from the sachet.

4.  We didn't need any extra immunisations for our trip to Phuket.

5.  Flight was fine - DD slept most of the way (noise of the plane soothed her) but otherwise plenty of little things to keep him distracted, lots of snacks, that kind of thing.  For our long flight to the states we used a wrap to strap DS to us to sleep.  I couldn't relax when he was in the bassinette because I worried he'd wake up while I was sleeping, try to get out and fall.  In the wrap we could both sleep together.  We didn't use any medication (though we took panadol with us in case of fever or teething pain while we were away).

6.  We took a pram - it was fine and didn't get damaged.  We did take a cheap umbrella style pram (that still reclined) just in case it was lost or damaged and because it was lighter and easier to cart around - but we had no problems.

7.  Most restaurants in Phuket have highschairs anyway - we ate lots at our hotel and it was very kids friendly.  Otherwise we sat DD on grass near the pool, held her on our lap, sat on pool lounges to eat etc.  Very casual and easy to feed without worrying about the mess.

8.  We didn't order a baby seat - just took DD in the seat with us.  Made me very nervous but it was fine.  We also went in tuk tuks with her.  Not sure why I felt that was ok - we are extremely strict about car seats here.  However you should be able to take both a pram and a car seat with you (check the conditions of your ticket) and the cars/large vans we went in all had anchor points - you could request one especially.  I think we didn't worry as we didn't take a carseat for DS to the US as it was completely impractical - we mainly flew or trained around the states and there is no way we could have managed a car seat as well (plus we only would've have used it for 3 short drives).

9.  I would persevere with water.  He will drink more if he is thirsty over there.  You can also offer him watery foods (like fruit plus adding water to any purees etc).  Just remember to only drink bottled water (you guys as well).

10.  Baby sling?  Otherwise check if you can borrow/hire a pram in the airport or if you can put your pram in the actual plane.  We were allowed to for one part of our USA trip - DS slept in Hong Kong airport in his pram for hours - with me asleep on the floor hugging the pram and his feet (in case anyone tried to take him out!   laughing2.gif )

Phuket is a great place to go with kids - we really just lazed around the resort, watched fireworks on the beach and relaxed.  The people there were so friendly to the kids - to the point DS kept asking why everyone wanted to be his friend.  They were really helpful every time we went out to dinner etc - I had to tell the waitstaff that they didn't have to entertain the kids for us as I felt bad that they were already working hard enough.  We stayed away from the rough nightclub areas and the shopping was pretty boring (unless you like 3000 stalls of the same knock-off stuff).

Travel is a wonderful gift to give your children and I think starting young is great - our trip this year is to drive from Perth to Tassie and back again.  If you need any extra info about Phuket just ask.



Thanks so much for this!  Answered SO many of my questions!  We've been to Phuket once back in our pre-baby days and loved it so much which is why we really want to go back!

We live in Tassie!  To get from here to Perth takes longer than getting from here to Fiji!

You have made me feel much calmer about the logistics of feeding formula on the plane - thank you so much for that!  Between now and then I am planning on teaching him to drink his formula at room temperature to try to make things a bit easier!  I like the idea of using bottled water - so much easier.  

How did you clean the bottles while you were on holidays with no microwave/cook top?

So when you were in Thailand did you just hold your bubs on your lap in cars?  I'm thinking that might be the easiest for us.  We'll only be in a car on the way to the hotel from the airport and back again.  It seems like a lot of work for not much otherwise!

Where did you bubby sleep?  In a port-a-cot?  Did you bring it with you?

I don't have a formula dispenser.  Is there a particular sort that is the best to get?  What would you recommend?

Do you think there's much I can do now to prepare both of us for the trip?  I'm SO anxious but I know that it'll be worth it if I can just force myself to do it!



#6 Kasey5

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

I was wondering if it would be more relaxing for you to take a holiday closer to home, given what a difficult year you've had? I have travelled to the US with my then 22mth and 3 yo, which was a great holiday, but not the most relaxing. So many great beach locations in Australia, that would require so much less planning, and maybe help you recoup. I really felt it got much easier with my kids as they got older, and contemplating travel was less stressful. You could plan for OS travel for your next trip?

#7 IsolaBella

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

Formula dispenser we used the Pigeon ones.

I estimate one bottle every three hours of travel (from estimated leaving home to estimated getting to hotel, then add another three measured formula sections in case of delays).

We packed two tins of formula for our Us trip with DS1 at5m when we confirmed his formula was not sold there.

Nappies also estimate one per 3hrs of travel plus extras for the plane. I also found if you wrap them in threes in glad wrap they take up less room.

Generally kids have a 10kgs luggage allowance.

When DD ended up with severe sunburn (yes went to hospital with it) and she needed to be kept hydrated n but would not drink water, with the agreement of the Drs I actually watered down her milk bottles. So instead of adding 150mls to 5 scoops I would add an extra 60mls of water to the bottle, at the time hydration was the more important item. Short term the Dr was happy with it.

Kettle in the room I used to swish boiled water through the bottles. Would use some dish washing liquid in a coffee cup to wash teats and rinse plastic coverings. A few drops of dish washing liquid in bottle and boiling water in bottle to swish around to clean bottle.

Room temp formula is a help. ,y kids were all room temp from 6wks of age.



#8 SplashingRainbows

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

To answer your earlier question, we used the hotel cot - which was just a port-a-cot type thing. It was fine.


To be quite honest if I went again and were able to afford it I think I would book a seat for my baby and take their car seat for them to strap into/sit in. Solves the car seat issue and gives them more room and comfort on the flight. I've never done this before but read about it on EB and wish I had known at the time.

#9 epl0822

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Nappies- sometimes it's tricky to find a local store that sells the right sized nappies. I always think it's better to take dozens of nappies than run out.

Feeding- take water with you. When DS was on 150ml, for instance, I would fill the bottle with 180ml (in case of leakage) then just pour out whatever I didn't need. Or you can take water in a secure bottle that doesn't leak and pour it into bottles. It's easy to feed babies during transits as long as everything is prepared well. Use pre-measured formula dispensers. (And don't feel guilty about formula feeding - breast is NOT always best for everyone. You're doing a good job and your DS will be completely fine).

Solids- like nappies, it's better to take them. It's difficult to go to the supermarket as it is when you are overseas and not all places will store it.

Flight- My ILs kept insisting we should take tablets but I personally did not feel comfortable with this. Accept that flying with a baby is difficult no matter what. My DS refuses to sleep outside of his cot, too, so when we were on a day flight he just didn't nap at all. On an overnight flight he got so exhausted to a point where he practically passed out on me for a couple of hours but he did not sleep well. He just had a meltdown when we landed and slept for close to 10 hours throughout the day to catch up.

No carseat- I'm going to get flamed for saying this but Australia is on the extreme end of vigilence for carseats to a point where I think it's a little unnecessary and hyped up. We've been overseas where we've travelled without carseats and the only major issue we had was DS got hyperactive when unrestrained. You will find that the vast majority of people who live in other countries travel without carseats (notably in Vietnam where you might see a whole family on a scooter with a bub on a sling and toddler at the front) and have survived it unscathed. Having no carseat is only dangerous when you have an accident, and most of us in reality don't have major motor vehicle accidents in our lifetime. It is of course better to have a carseat but if you can't, don't stress about it.

Good luck.

#10 Feral Alpacas

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

OP we are doing the exact same trip in 2.5 weeks, with a 3 year old and a 6 month old. PP's have pretty much said everything I would, except in regards to food, about 5 minutes walk from the Holiday Inn is the Jung Ceylon shopping centre, and the last time we went to Phuket, 4 years ago, there was a big Carrefour supermarket which sells everything Coles and Woolies does.

We will take enough nappies and wipes for a few days, but as we are going for 2 weeks we will buy the rest over there. We won't be taking carseats for the girls, during both of our previous trips to Phuket we never saw any road accidents, even though it looks like chaos on the roads!

DD1 is getting the typhoid jab, which can be given after 2 years of age, but DD2 won't be getting any extra. We are staying at Avista Hideaway and then the Novotel Vintage Park and are using their portacots. We aren't taking a stroller but will take the Ergo carrier and I am also going to buy a Breeze Baby sling to take as its made from cooler fabric and I can wear it and DD2 in the pool and have hands free. Phuket is very hot and I imagine I'll get hot using the Ergo all the time.

If carrying her becomes tricky we will buy a cheap stroller from the department store section of Carrefour and then donate it to someone before we come home. We are flying direct from Sydney to Phuket, and have a stopover of only about 3 hours between canberra and Sydney, and I am used to carrying DD2 in the Ergo heaps as she too is a high needs baby.

DD2 has already flown, granted it was only a short flight to Brisbane, but yeah the 8.5 hour flight is really the only thing I'm nervous about as we have only just got her daytime sleeps in the cot settled, and I have to stand and rock her to get her sleepy. If I'm stuck sitting because of turbulence it will not be a pleasant flight!

Edited by lovealpacas, 27 January 2013 - 10:00 PM.


#11 beabea

Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:12 AM

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1- NAPPIES! OMG what do you do? Take some with you, buy some? What?

For one week, just take a lot of nappies.

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3 - Solids? Do I pack enough for the trip? Or buy some there?

If fussy and on jars/pouches then take. If on fresh mashes, test before the journey to see if he will eat jars/pouches. I would take at least some, but might not be worth taking a lot in that case. For a week, don't stress too much if he only eats banana or something all week.

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4 - Immunisations? He's under 2 so is that a problem?
A lot of people travel with babies this age. You have to consider that they are not very well protected - then again, they are a lot more under your control in some ways, too. You should ask your GP to go through risks and what you can do to minimise them.

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5 - 8 hour flight (I dont fly well) with a baby who refuses to sleep anywhere but his bed (we're working on it). Any tips? Do I ask the dr for sleeping tablets? What do I do?!
Survive? But don't stress. He might be ok and nobody will truly hate you. I would tend to book a night flight for ages 1-2 yrs as mine have been walking by then and a day flight would make them stir-crazy. A night flight they don't get a full night's sleep but the flight will be much easier. You just have to have a next-day plan which allows everyone to catch up.

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6 - Prams. Do you take one? Will it get damaged by baggage handlers?
Depending on adult/kid ratio and ages of other kids, I would either ditch it for a good carrier or take a cheap umbrella stroller. Your odds with baggage handlers are pretty good.

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7 - High chairs? What do you do? How do you feed solids?
The human high chair, if none available.

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8 - Vehicle transfers (ie from airport to hotel) what do you do with no baby seat?
Take the car seat. It won't bother you to pack it for a one-stop holiday - not much lugging there.

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9 - Water - my DS refuses to drink water (drinking in general is an issue - he struggles with formula from a bottle too) and I'm worried he'll get dehydrated. Do i add some apple juice or something to sweeten it? Or just keep struggling between now and April and hope he gets the hang of it?
Don't sweat it until April. April is a long time away in development terms for babies. If still in doubt in April, I wouldn't be above sweetening the water a little for that week, although I don't do it generally. Holiday rules!

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0 - Lay overs in airports! With all our stuff checked through, what do we do with a potentially screaming 11 month old with a 6 hour wait in an airport? What do we do if he wants to sleep but we've no where to put him? Luckily we have Qantas club but its not going to be useful for all the waits.

Make do. The airport will be pretty distracting and entertaining. Catnap on lap/chest/in stroller/etc. Sleep and holidays don't mix all that well, in my experience. The upside is you will often be travelling with at least one extra adult so you can just shuffle around and catch up, as long as you don't overdo the sightseeing.

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How did the luggage allowance work on the plane?

Did bubs get their own checked luggage PLUS checked pram PLUS check cot? That seems like too much!!

Check with your airline, but most give a baby allowance of 10kg, or allow you to check up to X baby items such as car seat, stroller, etc. I've never taken a cot - you can usually get them at the other end pretty easily, unlike car seats and strollers which can be trickier. This will be in addition to your 20kg each seated passenger or whatever you have - even with all the extra equipment I've never managed to fill even half our family quota. Remember tropical holidays don't require bulky clothing.

In between now and then...? Do all you can to train up your coping skills for little blips in the plan? And try not to stress? original.gif

#12 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

We haven't been to Thailand yet, but we have been to a few other Asian countries.


1- NAPPIES! OMG what do you do? Take some with you, buy some? What?
I pack enough in the main suitcases and have a nappy bag with enough for the trip. I do not buy nappies while on holiday.

2 - DS is on formula (don't hate me - part of the PND is due to guilt re: feeding struggles) and how do I feed him when we're in transit?
I've just taken formula in the nappy bag, bottles and got bottled water from the plane or airport

3 - Solids? Do I pack enough for the trip? Or buy some there?
Same as above for nappies if you are using tinned, however by 11 months my children were all eating whole table foods.

4 - Immunisations? He's under 2 so is that a problem?
Not at all.

5 - 8 hour flight (I dont fly well) with a baby who refuses to sleep anywhere but his bed (we're working on it).  Any tips? Do I ask the dr for sleeping tablets? What do I do?!
I wouldn't because the after effects of the medication may make him worse than the actual flight. For take off and landing, give him a bottle, the sucking will help with his ears. other than that all i do is pack some entertainment, lots of snacks and hope for the best.

6 - Prams.  Do you take one? Will it get damaged by baggage handlers?
yes I take one and I'm not the best person to ask for the next question because I've had 5 prams / strollers damaged while on holidays lol. I'd buy a very cheap stroller and take that. If you have a more expensive pram that you don't want damaged, leave it home.

7 - High chairs? What do you do? How do  you feed solids?
above mentioned Stroller

8 - Vehicle transfers (ie from airport to hotel) what do you do with no baby seat?
enjoy the fact I'm on holiday and experiencing another culture wink.gif . A lot of the local transport doesn't have seat belts never alone anchor points, so even taking your own isn't really effective.

9 - Water - my DS refuses to drink water (drinking in general is an issue - he struggles with formula from a bottle too) and I'm worried he'll get dehydrated.  Do i add some apple juice or something to sweeten it? Or just keep struggling between now and April and hope he gets the hang of it?
Do whatever you think is best for your son. If you think that will help, then just do it.

10 - Lay overs in airports!  With all our stuff checked through, what do we do with a potentially screaming 11 month old with a 6 hour wait in an airport? What do we do if he wants to sleep but we've no where to put him?  Luckily we have Qantas club but its not going to be useful for all the waits.

Maybe look into one of these http://www.bigw.com.au/baby/strollers/4-wh...CFfBHpgod6mIA4A

I'm pretty sure they fold down small enough to be taken on as hand luggage, so he could just sleep in there.




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Traditionally, packed lunches are packed with gluten (think breads, wraps and biscuits). One mum has created a gluten and nut-free solution.

Is this the new royal baby's name?

This traditional girl's name is the favourite among punters in Britain.

6 creative ways to save childhood memories

For some parents, recording facts like their child’s first word, first tooth and first steps isn’t enough. They’re taking memory collections to the next level.

Breastfeeding mum escorted off plane

Virgin Australia has come under fire after a breastfeeding mum and her 10-month-old son were escorted off a flight.

If toddlers gave performance reviews

Hello there, Mummy. I've been looking forward to this meeting for a while now. Overall, I'd like to say that you've been a great addition to the team so far. You've really been working your tail off. So, kudos to you.

A sweet proposal video worth watching

'The Special Proposal' tells the story of Salvatore asking his girlfriend Caterina a big question.

Why is it taboo for women to breastfeed each other's babies?

Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Genetic 'miracle baby' born after trailblazing IVF

A new method that screens embryos for more than 200 disorders is already making dreams come true.

Mum-of-three's bikini body inspiration

Rachel Hollis wanted to share a photo of herself in a bikini to encourage other mums to be proud of their bodies.

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Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Adopting a child in or out of Australia is far from simple

Australians have wildly different experiences on their journeys to adopting children.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

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Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

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With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

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Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

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