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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:01:19 PM
I am about 97% sure that I won't be going on this trip but I wanted to ask the peas their opinion. We just had baby #3 who ended up being almost 2 weeks overdue. My husband has a trip planned with his company - a retreat- in Vale, CO at the Four Seasons We originally planned on going and taking the baby (we haven't had a vacation in over 5 years). Since the baby was late, she will only be 2.5 weeks at the time of the trip/flight. I don't think I should take her but I just wanted to see others opinions b/c I am really disappointed that I probably won't go - however, the fact that we have a healthy new baby far outweighs this!!!!

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:04:24 PM
Yes, I would go before the cold and flu season gears up. They're so portable and easy at this age. Congrats!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:05:23 PM
Personally I wouldn't fly with a bsby at that age. I start flying with them around three months or so.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:06:12 PM
Congratulations! How long a flight is it? She's healthy? I probably would go--you're an experienced mom and it sounds like a nice trip.

Good luck!

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:07:25 PM
No, probably not. But it would be more because I would be too tired after just having a baby. I like to stay close to the nest right after their born, for about a month, I'd say.



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:10:53 PM
Have you asked her pediatrician? I flew with my oldest when she was only a week old, but we were moving across the country and it was either fly with her or drive in the moving truck with her for 3 days. That was 13 years ago, so things may have changed, but her doc said it was fine to fly with her.

If her ped says it's okay, and you're feeling up to it, I say go for it!

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:14:45 PM
No, but I have c-sections and there's no way I'd feel like getting on an airplane. Especially one of the tiny ones that goes into Vale.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:15:47 PM
DS1 was late as well. I flew with him when he was exactly 3 weeks old to my sister's wedding. It was fine. I was exhausted, but he was good.

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ETA: I had a c-section as well and flew to Colorado in late Sept.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:16:12 PM
My sister flew with her newborn at about 3 weeks old. And once on a flight I saw a lady with a brand new baby. I mean, maybe a week. The baby slept on her chest the whole way and didn't make a single peep.

If the DR is okay with it, why not!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:18:02 PM
Thanks for the responses. The baby is totally healthy. No problems what so ever And has been sleeping through the night since the 2nd day. We are definitely blessed. I am waiting for a call back from the pediatrician today. I think the flight is about 2 hours long.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:18:53 PM

If you pediatrician approves, I'd go. It sounds like fun and would be very relaxing.



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:20:38 PM
yup! She flew at one month and then twice more before she was six months.

She seems to be a pretty normal 16 year-old to me...



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:22:08 PM
No, I made the choice not to do so, but I was also recovering from a c-section and it was a DH business/spouse trip. Later in the year, DH had a trip to Scotland for training and his manager paid for me to go for a long weekend.

But I also had twin 5 yr olds at the time....so not easy. If it were my only child and there had been no issues, I probably would have gone.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:32:24 PM
My Mom flew from Japan to the US with me at 1 month old. There was an airport workers strike in Japan and we sat on the plane for 8 hours before it even took off. Apparently, I did really well considering.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:38:18 PM
I flew with my ds when he was nine days old because we adopted him at birth from another state. I took a childcare class before he was born, and the nurses running it said he would be fine. I believe the airlines had a one month old rule, but.... no one asked



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:38:23 PM
I flew with my ds when he was nine days old because we adopted him at birth from another state. I took a childcare class before he was born, and the nurses running it said he would be fine. I believe the airlines had a one month old rule, but.... no one asked



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:38:24 PM
I flew with my ds when he was nine days old because we adopted him at birth from another state. I took a childcare class before he was born, and the nurses running it said he would be fine. I believe the airlines had a one month old rule, but.... no one asked



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:43:18 PM
Sure would! What are your concerns that you don't want to fly?



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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:12:20 PM
We were military and had to move when my DD was 3 weeks old. She did great. I flew by myself with her, my 3yo DS and our cat! And I had a c-section. Plus we had a layover. Not necessarily something I'd like to do again but we all survived it


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:14:33 PM
I'd go and take the baby.



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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:19:16 PM
Nope. I like for mine to have had their first round of shots before we go into big crowds like that.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:23:37 PM
this could be an old wives tale but i have heard you should feed the baby as you take off so it takes care of ear popping problems. i'm paraphrasing and too lazy to look it up again but that's what i heard

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:30:15 PM
I probably would not, since cold and flu season is just starting. Her immune system is vulnerable and all sorts of crap lives in that recycled air.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:34:39 PM
Another one who adopted in another state, and flew with our daughter when she was 2 weeks old. She was a very healthy baby, and we didn't have a real choice anyway, so there wasn't a real question at the time. It was in February, so definitely germ season. She slept the entire way, and we just made sure to wash up well as often as we could.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:35:30 PM
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this could be an old wives tale but i have heard you should feed the baby as you take off so it takes care of ear popping problems. i'm paraphrasing and too lazy to look it up again but that's what i heard


definitely not a wives tale. Swallowing clears the ears and helps tremendously.

I'd probably go - it's a pretty easy hop between TX and CO. Are you flying direct to Vail ie Eagle or are you driving from Denver.

If you do decide to go, make sure the Four Seasons knows you have a baby with you. They'll set up a crib and provide toiletries and things for the baby (at least they used to).



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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:39:31 PM
I wouldn't have, but it would have had more to do with how I felt postpartum than concerns about the baby.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:47:14 PM
Newborns who are placed for adoption fly home with their new adoptive parents all the time. I have many friends who adopted and flew with their 2-3 week olds and I have no bad stories to report. Keep your baby close and minimize the amount of changings in public restrooms.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:04:12 PM
Congratulations on your new baby. As for the trip, I am on the fence.

1. A company retreat usually means my spouse would be working rather than having time to relax and play with the family. If you go, don't count on DH being there a lot. He has to play nice with his co-workers.

2. Flu season starts in October. I would not feel comfortable being packed into a plane full of people and what they were exposed to could probably be passed along to the baby. Considering babies first set of shots is at two months - this would be my most concerning issue.

3. Even though it is the Four Seasons, I would rather be around my newborn baby paraphernalia and in my comfort zone. I remember how very tired I was with a 2.5 week newborn.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:14:49 PM
UPDATE: My number one concern is the baby's health. I know that recycled air on an airplane is not the best. I myself feel great after the birth so I am not concerned about me.

As far as the retreat, my hubby would have meetings on 2 of the 4 days from 8-12. After that, they have activities for the families / spouses - so I would say it is more of a family thing than a work retreat.

I did hear back from the nurse at my peds office: She said that she wouldn't recommend taking her b/c of the fact that the baby hasn't had her first round of shots yet.

I am still contemplating taking her but I have soooo much guilt that I am being selfish - but this is something that I have with all my kiddos. LOL

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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:21:30 PM
I would absolutely go!

Babies are so easy at that age. Pop him in a sling and you can go anywhere and do anything.

It wouldn't have crossed my mind to "ask" a pediatrician. That's not really how I view my relationship with drs.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:24:54 PM

As far as the retreat, my hubby would have meetings on 2 of the 4 days from 8-12. After that, they have activities for the families / spouses - so I would say it is more of a family thing than a work retreat.

A lot of my decision would probably be based on what kind of activities are planned. Are they activities that are ok with an infant or are they activities that are meant for adults only, or maybe adults and older kids? In other words, if I though it was a retreat that I really could enjoy rather than not being able to participate, then I would go if I felt up to it. On the other hand, I might welcome a few days of quiet time with just me and the baby, hanging out in the comfort of my own home where we had everything we needed at our fingertips.





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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:25:13 PM
I flew with a week old baby. A full term baby? I wouldn't worry unless you were passing her hand to hand down the rows on the plane.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:29:26 PM
I'm always intrigued when people talk about how easy newborns are. That wasn't my experience either time. haha

IF I had one of these easy newborns, I probably still wouldn't go because of the fear of exposing her to that many germs. The flu is already going around here. I would be disappointed though because it sounds like a fun trip.




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Posted: 9/27/2013 10:00:33 PM
When my oldest was 3 weeks old we took an 8.5 hour flight. Then we got in a car and drove 5 hours to our house. The only time he didn't sleep was when he was eating.

It was Friday the 13th, and the stewardess told us that was partly why we had most of a 747 to ourselves. (Apparently, some folks are kind of superstitious.)

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Posted: 9/27/2013 10:54:21 PM
I probably would not unless it was absolutely necessary. But, I come from the generation when Drs told us not to take them out into public places until they were six weeks old.



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Posted: 9/27/2013 11:04:58 PM
I flew with my daughter when she was 3 weeks old.
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Posted: 9/27/2013 11:28:01 PM
I don't know that the flu would worry me, but if you are anywhere near where that measles outbreak was, I probably would pass on flying.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 12:29:43 AM
I flew with DD and she was 4 weeks old. We both made it there and back OK.




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Posted: 9/28/2013 12:45:09 AM

UPDATE: My number one concern is the baby's health. I know that recycled air on an airplane is not the best. I myself feel great after the birth so I am not concerned about me.


THE AIR ON PLANES IS NOT DIRTY!!

Seriously, why do people still think this? It's been proven over and over again, yet people cling on to this. If you get sick from flying, it's the things you touched, not the air you breathed. Handles, tray tables, headrests, etc aren't cleaned as often as they should be. Wipe them down and you'll be fine.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 6:24:03 AM
I wouldn't, not that early. 6 weeks or older...yes.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 7:12:58 AM
I know a lot of people have flown with newborns but many had no choice. Given a choice, I probably would not. I am not overly cautious but I fly a lot and airplanes are really germy. I'm currently fighting an eye infection that I probably got on a plane. You'd feel terrible if the baby got sick. Just imagine her all congested and struggling for breath. Vale will still be there.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 7:46:31 AM
Even though the trip sounds amazing, I just don't think that risking your child's health is worth it. Not only will you be dealing with germs on the plane, but you'll also be dealing with germs in the hotel room.

I'm not a germaphobe at all, but it this was me, I would definitely skip the trip.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 7:58:18 AM
How long would it be to drive?


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Posted: 9/28/2013 8:15:26 AM

I probably would not, since cold and flu season is just starting. Her immune system is vulnerable and all sorts of crap lives in that recycled air.


Her immune system won't be as vulnerable as you think it is at her young age.
New born babies have what is called passive immunity passed on through the placenta from the mother in the last couple of months of pregnancy. This immunity protects them until their own starts working at about 6/8 weeks. That is why they have their shots at about 2 months ( that's the age here in the UK, not sure about the US)
Premature babies are more vulnerable as they haven't received the full passive immunity by the mother.They arrived too early to benefit from it.

I would take her if you feel you can manage so soon after the birth yourself. I also agree with feeding her on take off/landing to avoid any ear problems. The sucking helps the pop as someone mentioned earlier.




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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:06:27 AM
I don't see why you would not go.

I went shopping the day after I had my second child. I went home the day after I had my third child.

A good friend recently had a baby and I am like, "Wow!". How do you do it? She is always on the go and that baby is with her.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:22:35 AM


THE AIR ON PLANES IS NOT DIRTY!!

Seriously, why do people still think this? It's been proven over and over again, yet people cling on to this. If you get sick from flying, it's the things you touched, not the air you breathed. Handles, tray tables, headrests, etc aren't cleaned as often as they should be. Wipe them down and you'll be fine.
Proven by whom, the airlines? How thoroughly can you wipe down an airport while handling a newborn and all the junk you have to drag along for them? Security conveyors, waiting room seats, door handles...airports are Petrie dishes. Better bring lots of wipes.

I travel a lot and use Airborne and Zicam because otherwise I would have had a number of trips ruined. It 's REALLY easy to catch something.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 1:07:51 PM
I would do it and I did with one kiddo... To a family thing... We did fine...she slept the whole time


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Posted: 9/28/2013 3:58:32 PM
I wouldn't, but it would have much more to do with my own exhaustion/discomfort than to do with the baby. I had 2 c-sections, so I just wasn't ready to deal with flights at 2.5 weeks postpartum.





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Posted: 9/28/2013 4:04:06 PM
Depends on whether she's a good sleeper, is doing well, and how you feel. I was very tired and probably wouldn't have enjoyed the trip 2 weeks after delivery.
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