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Planning to take a small baby to Thailand...Any tips welcome

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Planning to take a small baby to Thailand...Any tips welcome

I have enjoyed annual trips to Thailand for the last 7 years and plan to continue doing so after the arrival of our baby.

We are looking to book a trip out there in March next year and I thought it would be a good idea to start getting a handle on things early so we can be as prepared as possible so I have a few questions...

I know that Hep A and Typhoid are the standard vaccinations and I was wondering if these would be given to a baby that is only a few months old? Also, coming from a cold country like England, does anybody have any tips for preventing overheating while we are there? We will most likely be using a wrap sling which is counted as 1 layer of clothing so I'm a little worried that they might get too warm.

Also, I plan to exclusively breast feed until 6 months and will be feeding 'on demand' and that made me think about feeding in public places...I know that the Thais are very modest and I am always respectful of that so I was wondering if it is acceptable to feed in public? Obviously this would be done with as much discretion as possible and baby (and boob) would be well covered but I really don't want to offend any body.

I've heard that young babies often fly better than toddlers so I am not so worried about the flight part but would love to hear from people that have made long haul trips to Thailand with a baby about your experiences, also from anybody that has some helpful advice.

We will most likely spend a week in Chaing Mai, a week down on one of the islands and a day or 2 at either end in Bangkok.

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1. Re: Planning to take a small baby to Thailand...Any tips welcome

I don't think the baby would get those vaccinations. The baby should wear as little as possible, just a cotton vest during the day, but something lightweight and cotton with long sleeves/legs at night at the Dengue Fever mosquitoes bite day and night and it is prevalent throughout SE Asia. You will need to get some mozzie repellent for the baby, but nothing with DEET which is poison. We always use Badger Balm Bug Balm on our children and have never had any bites. I think feeding in public would be ok, but yes use plenty of discrtetion and a muslin shawl or something to cover up. Make sure you have a mozzie net for the cot.

Babies usually travel very well on planes and sleep most of the time - it's especially good if still breastfeeding during take off and landings so their ears don't hurt. You can get nappies etc in supermarkets in all of the places you are staying and try and get rooms close to the swimming pool so that when baby is napping you can sit out by the pool but still hear if baby wakes up.

Some people do recommend bringing a cheap, fold up stroller with recline function for wandering around, even though pavements are not level, there are pot holes etc it saves carrying a hot baby around and is somewhere for the little one to sit/sleep when you are out having dinner.

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2. Re: Planning to take a small baby to Thailand...Any tips welcome

Have travelled heaps when our son was only tiny. Take a layback easy to pack up stroller with you. Much cooler for both of you as air circulating aroundeg not as much body heat. Consult only a doctor that specialise in tropical medicine as they can provide specific advice for your situation.

Pack a good mossie net to cover the stroller as well.

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3. Re: Planning to take a small baby to Thailand...Any tips welcome

Most babies, certainly in Australia get Hep B, Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio immunisations before they are 1 year old, so they are pretty much covered for the major diseases anyway. Hep A is usually contracted person to person which shouldn't be a problem for a baby. Typhoid is through contaminated food and water, again shouldn't be a problem for a baby given that they won't be eating or drinking anything from say suspect restaurants etc.

I reiterate that Dengue is the major thing to think about, and as long as proper precautions are taking it shouldn't be a problem.

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