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Long Haul Flight and Travelling around Hong Kong

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    oi0io is offline Registered User
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    Long Haul Flight and Travelling around Hong Kong

    Hello!

    My hubby has a business trip to Hong Kong in September and I am considering whether or not I should tag along with a 5-6 month old baby (by then). We will be travelling from Toronto and it's a good 15 hour flight to Hong Kong.

    By that time, he'll probably be teething, cranky and fussy (something I'm not looking forward to). Right now we have a pretty good daily routine. But with the 12 hour time difference, I'm afraid he'll get his days and nights mixed up. I'm also afraid he won't be able to take the hot and humid weather well in HK.

    Plus I'm used to travelling around in a car putting the baby in a carseat and then walking around with him in a stroller. I know HK is very crowded, would it be difficult to move around with a stroller? (we have a Uppababy Vista). How is it travelling on the MTR? Are there elevators at all stations? How do you take the taxi with a baby? Just hold the baby? Should I wear the baby in a carrier instead?

    Or should I just forget about travelling and just stay home. My only concern about staying home is that I'll have no help at all. My parents will be travelling in September as well and my inlaws are in HK (another reason why I am considering going because they miss their grandson alot).

    Would it be better off just to stay back? Or to travel with my hubby? It's such a tough decision!

    Any advices?

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    Travelling with a child, or more than one, is difficult and will continue to be so for a good many years, I think generally you have to decide if you're going to travel or if you're going to let worry about how it might be hold you back all the time. Either is fine depending on who you are but for me personally I would just go (come)!

    Having said that, it does depend how long you're planning to come for, I'm not sure I'd bother with 15 hours for less than a week here for example. Can your hubby work in a bit of holiday time while he's here as you'd probably enjoy it more especially as you will be catching up with the in-laws.

    I'm not familiar with the pushchair you use but if it isn't fairly light I would probably get a cheap light one for travelling and bring your carrier. When I travel with The Boy I don't schedule heaps of touristy activities, I like to go with the flow so that it's still fun and not too much for both of us. Depending where your hotel is you might not need to get the MTR at all, if it's in Central you can fairly easily go round the malls, get to star ferry or head to the escalator and go see Hollywood Road or eat in SoHo - that would be plenty of activity for me and The Boy! But if you want to use the MTR it is fairly baby friendly if your pushchair isn't too big and you're not in a hurry.

    Best of luck with your decision.

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    actually having done the minimum 15 hour flight (for us, it's more like 24 hours door-to-door~ Regina) i would say come, but for 2 weeks.

    1) you baby WILL be jetlagged and so will you. however, you COULD arrange for in-laws to come to where you are staying to take care of baby when he wakes during the day so you can sleep a little more.

    2) hk is not stroller friendly, especially not the big north american style strollers. BUT there are hundreds of thousands of us that make do here on a daily basis, so there is no way that that would stop me~

    3) agree, if you come, forget the touristy stuff. depending on when in september, it might not be as hot and humid as it is right now.

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    My easiest flight with my daughter was when she was 5 months old. It was a night flight and she slept 7 hours and woke at her normal time of 7am and then went back to sleep after 2 hours of play for another 3 hours. EASY!!!!! Its also an easy time as you wont have to worry about taking any baby food / solids on the plane and all you have to worry about is milk feeds.
    Getting around is harder than most places but not impossible - i say go for it!!!

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    I travelled back from TO alone with my son when he was 5.5 months old. It was ok. When we got here, the first night was hard, but it got better fast (unlike going to Toronto when it took him half the 3 wk holiday to get used to things).
    I would also suggest to come if it`s at least 2 weeks. Otherwise you all will just be too tired to make it worth it.
    Since you have your in-laws here, I would imagine you would be visiting with them, and taking it easy a bit? That might make it easy on you. And lovely for them to spend sometime with their grandchild.
    Sept will still be hot here, but sounds like you guys are having a pretty hot and humid summer yourselves, so he might just get use to it there first:) And anyway, although HK is hot outside, everywhere inside is quite cool. In fact, I would pack some sweaters and a throw blanket for your baby for when inside.
    As far as accessibility, HK is OKAY. Not great, but could be a lot worse. I`m also not sure about your type of stroller but sounds like the kind that the baby seat sits in? If it`s like one of those huge Graco travel systems, you might get a bit frustrated and a bit restricted in your movement. All MTR stations have a handicapped exit, but at some of the older stations this involves an electronic ramp that goes up stairs that no one with strollers uses. In addition, most MTR stations are huge, so even though there may be an elevator, it might not be in the area that you want to exit, though is easy enough to walk around, however less so as a first time visiter. In addition, HK is notorious for combining steps with escalators and ramps. Ridiculous. But I wouldn`t let that stop you. Overall, it`s a fine place to travel around with a baby for a holiday. If you can handle it, a carrier would be best for that and in taxis.
    I hope you can make a good decision for yourself and your baby, and if you come to HK, I`m sure you`ll have a great time.

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    Thank you everyone for responding! I was leaning towards staying back but now I'm inching towards going.

    Although it's been hot and humid in Toronto lately, I rarely went out because my baby is still young. I just find that it's easier to take care of him at home since he's only awake for an hour or so and then he'll need a nap.

    I have a stroller like this http://www.mystrollers.com/assets/Pr...9858E9206B.jpg Do you think I should still get an umbrella stroller?

    If I go, I'll probably skip the tourisy stuff since it's not my first time going to HK plus my son will be too young to enjoy places like Disneyland and Ocean Park. Most likely I'll be visiting family and friends. It will also be at least a 2 week vacation for my son and I. My hubby will be working for a week and taking a week to vacation.

    This is a whole new experience for me travelling with a baby, so excuse my travel virginity here. I have a few more questions for those who are experienced...

    When travelling on the plane, would I be holding my son throughout the flight? Or should I bring a car seat along so that he could sit in there. I have a one of these http://www.productwiki.com/upload/im...30-400-400.jpg

    How would I sterilize bottles and nipples at a hotel? Should I get a microwave sterilizer and pack it with me?

    Since it's so hot and humid in HK, would I mix formula with room temperature water or cold water? Right now my son drinks his formula warm.

    Are there any must bring items or good to have items for me to pack in the luggages?

    Any other tips and tricks on travelling around HK? The last time I was there was probably 4 years ago.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I think it's nice that you are coming to see your IL's.

    Whether you hold your son the entire time or take a carseat is entirely up to you. If you purchase a seat for your son, you GET a seat for your son. If you don't purchase a seat for your son, you will hold him and probably be assigned the bassinette seat (can be reserved in advance). You can do a search on whatever airline you are flying to see the dimensions of their bassinette seats, but basically they are a plank that comes down from a wall and then you are given a cot to put your baby in. For a five month old, the bassinette is what I would recommend.

    Can you let us know where you are planning on staying? That will help us give really useful tips on the best ways to get around when travelling with a stroller and good places to be with your baby.

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    I am not sure where I will be staying in terms of hotel, however after my hubby is done working, we will be moving out of the hotel and will be staying with my inlaws around the Mei Foo area. Most likely we'll probably be staying at a hotel on the Kowloon side since it's easier to meet with my inlaws.

    We'll probably be flying with Air Canada since we collect Aeroplan points or which ever airline has direct red eye flight, hopefully it will minimize my baby's jet lag.

    Now I'm concerned where my baby will sleep when I get to my inlaws since they don't have a cot and their flat is tiny. The bed in the guest room can barely fit 2 adults comfortably. At least at a hotel we could probably request a king size bed and have our son sleep between us. Or they might even have cots available.

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