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We recently traveled to Australia for 4 weeks when our baby daughter was 2 months old. I'm writing a series of posts in the hope that this will help others. The other parts can be found here: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2.
When people ask us how the trip went I say "Wonderful! Better than expected!" and to the question about the baby I usually say "She's a better traveler than us! She was wonderful." Thinking about this, I might have given people a false image of how it actually was. Our daughter isn't magic - she didn't behave better while traveling than at home. She behaved about the same. This was better than I expected.
I went expecting that I'd be covered with poop, spit up, holding a screaming child while my hair was on fire. If it was only three of the four, I considered that a win.
Case in point: shortly before boarding on our 20+ hour flights and layover journey home our daughter had a huge poop that overflowed and required to wardrobe change. Then she threw up on me and the airport seat (which was thankfully wipeable). So there I was, now in stinky clothes that I would be wearing for the next 25 to 30 hours, holding a baby while trying not to get any (more?) poop on me. But if you notice, my hair wasn't on fire, so that goes into the "better than expected" bucket.
Traveling with a baby is a lot like regular traveling. Except you're also looking after a baby and everything that goes along with that.Posted by jim at March 30, 2012 02:59 PM