Vacation in Oahu with 6 months old baby
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 1:11 AM Last Post By: eclipsepearl
Nov 6, 2012 1:28 PM
Vacation in Oahu with 6 months old babyHello! We are planning to go on vacation with our 6 month old baby to Oahu, Hawaii on Dec2012. Is this an appropriate time for our baby to travel? What immunization would she need aside from the routine 6 mons old immunization? Should we bring a carseat for her? By this time she has been started with solid food and breastfeeding. What are the places in Oahu that we can go? How about the sun screen? What type is safe for babies 6 mons old. Aside from our baby, we are also bringing our 8 year od daughter. Lots of questions folks! Btw, our baby has a passport already. Thank you
Nov 7, 2012 12:38 AM
Travelling with a baby before they get on the move is a great idea.
Yes at 6 months you no doubt will have started solid feeding combined with breastfeeding. At this age solid feeding is mashed vegetables and fruit. You may want to choose to stay in a self contained apartment or take lots of pre packaged baby food. Work out which ones baby likes before you go.
Check with you GP or travel doctor in regards to immunization.
If you are planning to hire a car then order a car seat from the car hire company, alternately there should be baby hire companies in Oahu where you can arrange for baby goods. Just Google.
Baby sunscreen and insect repellent should be readily available in your supermarket, if not try your local pharmacy. Here in Australia we have Banana Boat and the Cancer Council sunscreen brands and RID insect repellent all safe for babies. Don't forget to take a hat and swim nappies/diapers, no one wants accidents in the pool.
happy travels as the new growing family
Nov 7, 2012 1:37 AM
2Bring a hand blender: super easy to blend you own fruits and veggies especially in countries in which babyfood is not readily available, or if you prefer to make your own. However, Hawaii is very developed, so they'll probably they'll have everything you need.
I prefer appartments to hotelrooms when travelling with my son (now 2,5), because I prefer him to have his own room (everyone sleeps better if he does and it's handy at nap-times) and the cooking facilities are very handy. Plus, appartments are always larger and when travelling with a young child you inevitably spend a lot of time in you room.
Don't forget to request a bassinet for the flight!
Nov 8, 2012 1:11 AM
3Since babies under 6 months don't need solids, I highly recommend waiting until you get home to start them. Food involves a lot of extra stuff, bibs, spoons, etc. I put off solids until 7 1/2 months for two of my children, because of long trips to the U.S. I just didn't want to deal with it and they were doing so well on just breastfeeding. Both went on to be great eaters, so I really think this is the best plan. Keep things simple and spend more of your time on vacation, enjoying your vacation, not cleaning and preparing things...
You will be doing some car travel while in Hawaii. Do NOT ever rent a car seat from a rental car company. They're often dirty, missing parts, broken, expired, etc. Remember this is an item that could save your child's life in an accident so don't risk it. Either bring your own or get one in Hawaii. You have to bring your own if your child has a seat on the plane. If she's flying as a lap baby, you can buy inexpensive car seats in the U.S. (i.e. Cosco Scenera which runs $40-50). That would not only be safer but cheaper than the daily rates some car companies charge for the schlock they give to un safety-conscience parents! You could even order on line and have it delivered to your hotel ahead of time. Ask your hotel or vacation rental company first!
As a reminder, if she's flying as a lap baby and you decide to take the car seat, do NOT check it as luggage. They get lost and really bashed around. Even if the seat looks okay, it's ability to protect your child might be compromised. Be sure to take it to the gate and have it gate-checked there. Not a guarantee but better than luggage-checking it and then not having it when you arrive in Hawaii.
Talk to your doctor about immunizations. Normally, there's nothing special for Hawaii. Also, mention that you want to delay solids. S/he will probably be very supportive of picking a more appropriate time to start that project.
Personally, I prefer the other islands to Oahu. Kauai is so beautiful. More to do in Maui and the Big Island but if you're set on seeing Oahu, just stay out of Waikiki!
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