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Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

Has anyone travelled with Thai airways with a small child that can tell me how it went? I have travelled with Cathay with a 2 month old and was great with bulkhead seats with basinet.. now planning the next trip and checking out all options and Thai has a good flight with an 11 hour stopover where I thought we could take advantage of the Novotel Bangkok day stay option (chf 123) and flights are cheap (just over CHF2,000).. Would be grateful to receive any tips/past experiences..


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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

I would take the trip with the smallest time frame, so cathay pacific from zurich (dep around lunch time in Zurich), arrive in HKG around 07am, dep around 09 am, arrive in SYD around 8pm the next day).
A lay over of 11 hours makes no sense for me, because you get a second night on the plane(the day in the novotel does not solve the problem) .
Bangkok makes no sense for me either, especially with a 9 month old Baby.
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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

I think either you do a proper stopover of 1-2 nights at least or don't stop at all. Bangkok is hectic and humid - not sure that a rushed 11 hour stopover will help.
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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

agree the with previous posters, long stopover or none at all. did this trip once with a three month old and then again when bub was one. did 2 night stopover on one trip and no stopover on other. unless you are really staying at a nice place and can relax, i would recommend direct.
there is always so much luggage travelling with an infant and unless you are breastfeeding you have to make sure you have access to clean water at all times. we wanted to stay in singapore for a couple of nights when bub was really small but opted against it because it had a small dengue fever outbreak. i know, probably overly paranoid, but when they are that small you don't want to take chances (on that note, make sure his/her immunisation schedule is up to date).
we flew with emirates and singapore, both excellent. singapore is a child-friendly airport and you can take a quick dip in the pool at the airport hotel (about $10 from memory, kids free, don't forget to take the swimming nappies).
have flown thai before, albeit without kids, but seemed comparable to both singapore and emirates.
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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

Agree with the other posters.

We did it with a baby and short stops and were very happy to get there fast.

The baby is going to be out of the normal routine and you dont want 11 hours of that in a place that the baby is unfamiliar with. I.E. New smells, noises etc.

Short stop. Get there fast. Then colapse at the end. It's the best way for the baby. Not good for you but that's the second priority. The first is getting the baby back into a routine ASAP.

Good luck and dont forget to have lots of pillows as you will probably be holding the baby in your lap for the whole flight.
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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

This old Thread had a couple of really helpful posts in it.

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Re: Travelling with 9mth old to Aus

second what jack of all trades said. the bassinets they have seem great but you have to take the baby out every time the seat belt sign comes on. makes for interrupted sleep in an already difficult sleeping environment.
what we did was bring a baby carrier along and had him strapped to us and just put the special baby seat belt they give you around bub in that. much easier to move around and if you do happen to get any rest, bub has no chance of falling off.
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second what jack of all trades said. the bassinets they have seem great but you have to take the baby out every time the seat belt sign comes on. makes for interrupted sleep in an already difficult sleeping environment.
That is with Singapore airlines but not Swiss. It depends on the airline. I am not sure about Emirates/Thai for that matter.
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