Galapagos with 7 mo old
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jul 13, 2013 12:41 PM Last Post By: misqui
Jun 25, 2013 7:15 AM
Galapagos with 7 mo oldI'll be travelling to the Galapagos through Quito with my 7 mo old son for 10 days next month. I could use any advice on necessary baby gear to take and things to not take that I could get there. Car seat yes or no? I have not done any overseas travel with a baby yet so I'm all open. Also any tips from experiences would be great!
Edited by: micairiedav
Jun 25, 2013 8:10 AM
Jun 25, 2013 9:17 AM
Jun 25, 2013 10:07 AM
Jun 25, 2013 12:23 PM
Jun 25, 2013 3:48 PM
5There are, perhaps unsurprisingly, plenty of Ecuadorian babies in Ecuador, so many if not most supplies will be available, on the mainland if not the Galápagos themselves.
I think jgcp was referring to the inherent difficulties of travel to destinations like Ecuador with children (getting around physically with a child to carry, and all his stuff, is only the start). I can't even begin to compute lugging a car-seat around Ecuadorian buses.
If you go on a multi-day tour of the islands on a boat (as most visitors do), please make arrangements in advance - if I were going to share the (probably very expensive) trip of a lifetime to the Galápagos with a seven-month old baby on my tour, I'd want to be pretty sure that it wasn't going to be ruined by screaming and crying! Of course your son may be a mellow little fellow (I hope he is!) but people who fork out thousands of dollars to get to the Galápagos - a place they will likely never see again - might expect to have a trip free of baby-related noise...so play that one very carefully.
I have no idea whatsoever if you will have trouble booking a tour with a small baby - you'll only find out by contacting some operators.
Best of luck with planning your trip!
Jun 25, 2013 5:07 PM
Jun 27, 2013 12:52 AM
Jun 27, 2013 7:14 AM
8i HOPE i've read brianwells86's post incorrectly. did they REALLY say " you dont need car seat as soon the baby go in your lap all the time in the car rides?"
does this mean they advocate having a 7-mos old child on your LAP while riding in cars?? if so, this person either doesn't have children or doesn't care about children.
i'm afraid i'm with jgcp here. the thought of bringing a 7-mos old to the galapagos islands sounds to me like a fairly poor decision.
Jun 27, 2013 4:03 PM
Jun 28, 2013 6:44 AM
10Thanks for all the interesting feedback. As I'm weighing it all there is no doubt I am taking my 7 mo old on this trip...thats unchangeable. Thankfully we are travelling with a company that individualizes the tour to your needs and makes very small groups. I'll be accompanied by 88 yr old grandma, mom, sister, and aunt...so thankfully I'm not doing this alone. I'm planning to trudge on with the carseat. It would be a horrible regret if something were to happen and I didn't have it because it was too bulky to mess with
Jun 30, 2013 7:58 PM
11I suggest bringing all the baby medical supplies you may - and hopefully won't - need (thermometer, baby ibuprofen, etc) because I'm guessing they would be hard to find outside of Puerto Ayora. If you use formula, make sure you have a way to ensure water is safe throughout Ecuador including Galapagos, even if that means bringing your own little purifier. I'd also make sure you know where you can get medical attention, just in case.
Jul 1, 2013 5:58 AM
12Hi, love to hear how you go - we are planning to take our two littles in December. I have found having a soft baby carrier like a baby ergo to be really helpful where no car seats are available. I put the seat belt (which I usually have had to fish out of the back of the seat) between the baby and myself through the carrier. Not suggesting you shouldn't try to get a car seat but this is a good fall back. Some countries you can hire them. But also I found travelling long haul with toddlers, if the airline will let you use the car seat on the plane it is quite safe and comfortable for them. Some airlines do, some don't.
Jul 7, 2013 6:44 PM
13Hi, I'm currently travelling in Costa Rica with my six month old, two year old and 4 year old. We discussed bringing carseats, but ultimately there was no way we could carry three carseats with us. Here is how we manage.
Some taxis (when booked for longer trips), shuttle buses, and tours will provide carseats, especially if you request when you book. This does not guarantee the condition that they are in, or that the appropriate bolts will be present in the vehicle to secure them properly. With an eight month old, you are probably still having them rearfacing, but whether you'll be able to do this depends largely on the carseat they provide and whether there are seatbelts to install the carseat. Larger buses are unlikely to have any seatbelts, so you'll have to have your baby on your lap anyway. They never know how to do it properly, so you will need to figure it out yourself, and you will almost never be able to bolt it in securely, be happy if there's a seatbelt.
I strongly recommend bringing an ergo carrier or a manduca or a woven wrap or mei tai. This will be essential for doing a lot of hikes or walks (many places around here are not pram friendly and I don't think the Galapagos will be any better). When you're hiking you can carry bub on your back, and if you are in a vehicle with no baby carseat, you can also use any of these to securely strap your baby to your front as well, facing you, and wear the car seat between your body and their's.
It's not the greatest solution, but a lot better than the baby being loose in the car in the event of accident. If you aren't sure about types of carriers, I go into a lot more detail in my travel blog http://www.crazybravetravel.com/tag/babywearing/ because these enable us to do so many things that we couldn't otherwise. Have a great time, and don't be put off by people who think it's too hard to travel with kids!
Jul 7, 2013 9:18 PM
14I love it! Thanks for those tips from your experiences crazybrave! I do have an ergo I will most definitely be bringing. Thankfully I have seen many travellers with babies and read about lots of people that do it so I'm not deterred. I'm quite excited and am going into it with a flexible attitude. I'm sure ill learn lots during the trip about what works well and what could work better and ill be able to pass those tips on as well.
Do you recommend a backpack frame carrier as well as ergo or just the ergo?
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