You can imagine the scene, yes? Remember the photo from Tuesday's post (below)?
Okay. Add a baby to that photo. Add a 6 month old baby. Add a stroller. And a baby bjorn. Does that image work for you? Can you picture a baby on that beach? Day two of our vacation, there was a 6 month old baby on that beach. He was breastfeeding one tiki umbrella over.
You know I'm baby crazy. So first things first, I ooohed and ahhhed at the baby's cuteness. He was adorable. Once I moved on from him and his fantastic striped onesie, I pondered whether I would have the balls to bring a 6 month old to the Caribbean. Then I pondered whether it was balls or whether it was an easy going attitude or whether it was lunacy. The parents seemed functioning and stable, but appearances can be deceiving.
I started to consider all the reasons why one would or would not bring a baby on vacation and cem up with three considerations: Will bringing your baby enhance/detract from/not effect your vacation? Will bringing your baby enhance/detract from/not effect other people who are vacationing beside you? Practically speaking, is it even an option to bring or not bring your baby?
|Image from a story on Raising Kvell|
about a family's trip to Barbados with
their toddler who got croup and needed
foreign medical attention...ugh)
First, only you know whether you
Just writing about all this is scaring me away from the idea a vacation post life with baby. I'm not sure I have the patience to weigh the pros and cons, much less bring the baby.
What baby vacationing experiences do you have? Did you fly a plane or opt for a driving vacation? How old was your baby? Regrets?