So any way, I am just wondering: am I totally insane for thinking about traveling to Mexico with a 5 month old child? We've always said we wanted our children to come on our adventures with us, but maybe this would just be starting too soon. Then again, I'm thinking exploring Cancun would be more fun wearing a small baby that still naps a lot, then having an older child that you have to chase around...
This is all up in the air, because we haven't made our final decision on vaxxing, and if we decide not to, or to delay, we won't be traveling out of the country any way.
Single mama to S ~ 6/09
I've got a 4yo who has travelled extensively and it has never really been difficult. After they're mobile and eating different ages pose different challenges, but none are worth not taking a trip over.
Before buying your tickets, do some research into communicable diseases (your baby is still at a vulnerable age) and any travel warnings. We live an hour from the Mexico border and there is no way I would cross the border right now because of all the drug violence. However, Cancun is not near the border and may be safe. Just research.
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.
I would GO !! Vaxed or unvaxed !! I am from the US living in a small village in Brasil (had my baby here) and I am delaying vaxes .. at that age and in Cancun (very developed, relatively safe) there's not a whole lot of threat for an odd disease, IMO .. the biggest thing to be cautious with is the water .. fruits/veggies rinsed in tap water, ice, etc .. and if you are EBFing no worries for your babe, just for yourself and your Dh .. so GO and enjoy your time !! Have fun !!
We actually did go to Mexico (Puerta Vallarta) when my DD2 was exactly 5 months (DD1 was 2) and we all had a total blast!!
Kerri blessed single mama to Teresa 8/2/02, Madeleine 5/28/04, Andrew 6/25/06, and Isabelle 11/27/08
And also I wouldn't let travel influence my decision to vax or delay. A 5.5 month old is simply not ready for that type of toxic barrage on their bloodstream, IMO. Especially if bf'ing, your child will be much better protected from your antibodies than a host of other toxic and foreign substances directly injected into their bodies. We forget that if something comes into our mouths, the air we breathe or into contact with our skin, our bodies have a natural way of filtering out what is bad and can potentially harm us. With vaccines, it's directly ijected so we have no natural defenses against the bad stuff. Just something to think about. It's not worth a 5-day vacation to potentially harm your child, yk? I really urge everyone even thinking about delaying to wait until age 2 at the least!
Single mama to S ~ 6/09
joyful mama to DS 2-05, open adoption birthmama to DD 5-07: and DS 6-98, and my littlest one 7-09. crazy in love with DH!
mama to H. 4/05 and A. 9/08 and baby C. 10/11
As to traveling with the 5 month, I say yes do it by all means! I travelled three occasions while my LO was under 6 months and it was a breeze! But know that in Mexican culture it is believed that when you see a cute baby you need to go touch its feet or back. It is a superstitious thing, I'm not sure of the details.
Julia, mama to Bumpa 2008, and The Mole 2011
Oh, please go, just for me!! In all seriousness tho really, if it were me and I had that opportunity, I would go, in a heartbeat. You and your little one will adjust to each other and you will work together as a family. Best wishes!