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    *Rachel* Guest

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    I have done a search on travelling in this toipc, but the posts that I came up with didn't answer my questions, so if you can help me out I'd appreciate it.

    Here goes (prepare yourself for a couple of 'dumb' questions. LOL)

    1) I have the opportunity to go to Perth with DH's work, we'll be flying there and back, but we used to take a taxi to the airport before we had Keenan - what do we do now???

    2) I know he's only four months old, and I expect he will sit on my lap, but do they have a special seat-belt or does he 'use mine' What's the deal there? Would I be better off putting him in his sling?

    3) Again with the car travel...If we're hiring a car once we get there is it better to take our own car seat and ask for a car with an 'anchor point' fitted?

    4) Should we take our own port-a-cot (he likes it...) or is this too much to take along with everything else?



    Sorry if I sound 'ditzy' but the last time I flew with him he was in-utero and it was easy LOL - this is a whole other kettle of fish!!!

    Thanks in Advance,
    Rach

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    Not that I've ever travelled with a baby but.....

    1) When you order the taxi, you can request one with a baby seat. Not sure if they have ones for very small babies though.
    2) When you book your plane tickets you can request a child seatbelt, which attached to yours. They aren't compulsory though. His sling might be ok. Best to check with the airline though...
    3) I'd say you could hire a car with a car seat already fitted, but you'd want to make 100% sure that it's fitted properly.
    4) If he's happy to sleep anywhere I wouldn't bother with the portacot. If he's fussy I'd say it'd be worth it.

    HTH

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    Some hotels do hire have port a cots that you can hire, so you may want to check that out with your hotel (if you are staying in one). You can definitely hire cars that have car seats fitted, and they all have to comply with Aust standards so you can be sure it would be safe.

    Love

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    we flew to the USA when mu DD was 7 m.o. We noticed some people had paid for an extra seat for their babies/toddlers and brought their car seats along and strapped the car seat to the airline seat and voila! Though your baby is probably not ready for the turned-around car seat yet.

    Did you know that they also have sky-cots? They're just little capsule type things they secure to the bulkhead, and if you're lucky, baby will sleep at least part of the way there.

    Otherwise they do have seatbelts that attach to your seatbelt.

    Hope that helps

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    1) I have the opportunity to go to Perth with DH's work, we'll be flying there and back, but we used to take a taxi to the airport before we had Keenan - what do we do now??? YAY I am sure you will love Perth, it is a beautiful place to live and visit!!! You can still catch a taxi, especially if you plan on taking your own car seat away with you. They will make sure that the taxi has an anchor point, well that has been my experience so far!

    2) I know he's only four months old, and I expect he will sit on my lap, but do they have a special seat-belt or does he 'use mine' What's the deal there? Would I be better off putting him in his sling? If you put him the sling you will have to take him out again. There are special seatbelts you have to put around them that connect to your seatbelt. From what I understand you are not allowed to have your baby in the onboard capsules during take off and landing.

    3) Again with the car travel...If we're hiring a car once we get there is it better to take our own car seat and ask for a car with an 'anchor point' fitted? I would take your car seat if it is not too much drama, most car rental places hire out carseats but who has used them? Just my thoughts and will make your trip easier because you wan't have to get used to the new seat etc...

    4) Should we take our own port-a-cot (he likes it...) or is this too much to take along with everything else?
    If you really want to take your port-a-cot then do it. Bearing in mind that if you take your carseat and the pram you will have the cot and your luggage on top of all of that. Most hotels do rent out cots and the are usually in good condition.

    HTH

    Cheers

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    *Rachel* Guest

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    Thank you all for your replies - they've all been a big help. I feel like a bit od a ditz for having to ask, but I feel better for having done so.

    You have all made me really want to do this now, as I was a bit apprehensive about it before - now the wheels are in motion!

    Thank you all again.

    Rach

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    I am sure you will have a fantastic holiday Rachel. It does seem all mindblowing with the stuff you need to take doesn't it. I went thru a list of when I was meant to have gone to Melb later in the year, but we are not going now due to lack of funds.

    love

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    you've probably booked your ticket already but if not Virgin Blue counts all your bulky baby stuff like porta-cot, pram etc as 5kg of your luggage allowance regardless of its actual weight but jet star includes the full weight weight so just a couple of bulky items can cee you going over weight.

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    Thanks a heap for that bit of info dachlostar - we will go Virgin Blue. Great piece of info, most useful.

    Cheers,
    Rach

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    Rachel I have just found a place in perth who hiresa all the things you are thinking of taking!!!

    The place is called Little Huggers and if you look in the yellow pages under baby furniture perth you will find them. I don't know how long you are planning on staying but thought it might be worth a look. I would be happy to help out if I can by picking it up for you and dropping it somewhere for you.

    Cheers

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    Awesome Kelly, I'll look into it - thanks a heap!

    Thanks also for the offer to pick up/ drop off, but if we need that done I won't trouble you - my SIL lives over there and we'll make use of her LOL Very kind of you though.

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    just a tip - if possible try to feed him on take off and landing to reduce the ear popping for him or use dummy but its not as effective because it doesn't cause swallowing.

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    Hey Rachel

    You might want to read this article on the main BB site as well Flying With Children

    Love

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    Thanks for the link Kathryn (sorry I didn't get back to you earlier on that!!!) Much appreciated.

    I ended up reading it before I saw your post! LOL - thanks again,

    Rach

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    I just wanted to say thank you to those who helped make my trip to Perth an nice one! (even if I haven't met any of you and you didn't know how much you helped!)

    Our mate dropped us off and picked us up at the airport in our car, so there weren't any Taxi dilemmas.

    The Flights were fine, he only cried on the way down on the way home, but that was because he wanted to 'change sides' . I put both our Tray tables down and made a 'bed' for him for short periods when he got too heavy to nurse (didn't let go of him of course!)

    'Little Huggers' supplied us with the pram, what excellent rates and selection (says my SIL) We have now decided there should be one of these places in every state (if there isn't already!)We took our own port-a-cot.

    Car seat was hired with the car from the airport - not bad at all, well installed and in great condition too.

    Bought 'Huggies' (gave him a rash) but have since found out about Eco-friendly biodegradable disposables which I will purchase for our next trip.


    Perth is a lovely city.

    Thanks again all those who replied and 'helped' us!

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