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"You won't be able to take the baby on those trips of yours around Australia..." [Oct. 19th, 2008|01:30 am]
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A brief post for the many, many people who said we couldn't travel to remote places with Lex.

Post-Melbourne trip, my son, at 8 weeks, has seen more of the country than most of the people who offered me this advice, and we aren't home yet. Interestingly we have discovered travelling with him so far inland is no different than travelling with him from Canberra to Melbourne was.

10,000 years ago we all used to be nomads, yet somehow we managed.

And I have the Belwood!

A quick selection of pictures of places he's been, below the cut.


[User Picture]From: stephiepenguin
2008-10-18 03:06 pm (UTC)
Post-Melbourne trip, my son, at 8 weeks, has seen more of the country than most of the people who offered me this advice, and we aren't home yet.

those people should be less boring.

Love the picture of you and Lex on the sand.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:40 am (UTC)
Ta. The picture on the dunes with him is one I've had in mind ever since he was born.

Didn't actually expect to be travelling this far with him so early on, though. But after the massive learning experience that was the drive to Melbourne, we figured we may as well test what we'd learned.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-10-18 03:17 pm (UTC)
That last one would make an awesome Christmas card photo if you're thinking of doing that this year...
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[User Picture]From: battblush
2008-10-18 09:54 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. That's my absolute favourite.

By the time Blake was 9 days old he'd travelled from Perth to Kununurra. I don't see the problem. Of course, we were in a plane, but that's only semantics. Travel is travel and children go where their parents go. Full stop.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2008-10-18 03:20 pm (UTC)
Great pictures :)

My parents when we were small took us around W.A and from what they told me they seem to manage ok mainly cos they were organised and I just wish they had of taken photos .
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2008-10-18 03:43 pm (UTC)
That's incredible - I think that everyone has to make work what they can - I love the picture of Saron by twilight with Lex.

I miss you all so much.
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2008-10-18 03:52 pm (UTC)
This is just wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2008-10-18 03:52 pm (UTC)
Glad the trip is going well for you.

Maybe one day I'll get to see a bit more of the country than capital cities & airports.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-10-18 04:26 pm (UTC)
Come to think about it, travelling with a baby would be easier than when they are older - no 'are we there yet?' 'no' 'are we there yet?' 'no!', 'buy me this! buy me this!', 'this is so boooorrrrring!'
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:42 am (UTC)
Yep! And the more we travel with him, hopefully the more used to travel he will be.
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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2008-10-18 08:59 pm (UTC)
Good on all three of you for that. I love Silverton, BTW. Keep on truckin' mate.
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-10-18 09:21 pm (UTC)

So how do you deal with the heat and sun? I'm getting a bit paranoid about that, with summer approaching and all the warnings we get about keeping the sun off young babies!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:34 am (UTC)
It's mostly common sense, and no different to what we'll have to do in Canberra in high summer.

Lex already has a hat that covers his head and neck, and we have the baby wrap. So if we suspect we're going to be in the full sun for more than a minute, we make sure to pull the wrap around so it covers Lex's arms and legs.

Long trips in the car seat, and while in the hotel room, we're tending towards having him in one thin layer or just the nappy. We'd give him nappy-free time, but don't want to risk a poo escape onto carpets, bedding, etc. that isn't ours. Outside he's in clothing, even though it will make him warmer, because it also protects his skin.

Also, while driving we keep an eye on where the sunlight is hitting in relation to the baby seat. Early and later in the day we have a gauze cloth to cover it and protect him from direct sunlight.

At night it's still warm (we're currently in a hotel in Broken Hill, hence the wireless net connection) so he sleeps in just a nappy with a gauze swaddle cloth to prevent the chance of him getting chilled. We're not using the air-con in the room at night in case he gets chilled, and only using it in short bursts during the day to help drop the temp a little. Not trying to get the room really cool, because then his system will be having to deal with regular radically see-sawing temperatures.

And we're making sure to feed him a lot. He may not be hungry, but he does get thirsty. We can be sure he's getting enough by the sheer quantity and weight of wet nappies we're dealing with. We're also using plenty of nappy rash cream to prevent the effects of being in a warm, wet nappy.

My only paranoia is that babies being too warm is one of the things they think is a SIDS risk, but that's hard to avoid during an Aussie summer. And SIDS is something I'm paranoid about anyway. Rarely a week goes by that I don't check that he's still breathing at some point. And during one exceptionally long sleep he had while I was driving, I started to worry that maybe he'd died quietly in the back.

At this point if any such thing were to happen, or he just got overheated or a bit burned, we'd at least know that it wasn't as if we hadn't been very careful.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:47 am (UTC)
A version of this reply will be making it into a Things New Parents Should Know post. In fact I may be able to just copy and paste :)
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From: fe2h2o
2008-10-19 02:11 am (UTC)
Don't know if you have air conditioning in the Belwood?

If not, there's yet another use for cloth nappies:-)

Dad strung a line across the top of the car windows, we had a pile of nappies, and mum had a bucket of water. Get a nappy wet, wring it out and hang it over the 'string' (it was a little stronger that that:-) ) and have the window open a bit.

That's what we used going around Australia, and on our Nullabor trips...
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-10-19 09:18 am (UTC)
All sounds good.

I'm paranoid about SIDS too, although there's probably a higher risk just driving around the suburbs with a baby!

I think every parent checks for breathing. For the first few weeks I could barely breath myself, the urge to watch Clara's every breath was so strong.
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From: ozdragonlady
2008-10-18 10:03 pm (UTC)

Travelling with babies is easy ..

Its toddlers that get difficult ...
Either way, you just need to plan more carefully than you would for yourselves alone.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:43 am (UTC)

Re: Travelling with babies is easy ..

Yep! And part of that planning is to aim for fewer km per day than you once would have :)
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[User Picture]From: drjon
2008-10-18 11:16 pm (UTC)
"You won't be able to take the baby on those trips of yours around Australia..."

Who the hell told you that?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:45 am (UTC)
Quite a few people. Most of whom don't tend to travel in the ways, or to the places we do, none of whom have children.
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[User Picture]From: robinpen
2008-10-19 12:33 am (UTC)
Lovely pics, my friend.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-10-19 12:45 am (UTC)
Coo, ta!
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[User Picture]From: sjkasabi
2008-10-19 02:23 am (UTC)
Lex is a lucky boy, lucky to have you two, and lucky to be seeing the world so young.

And that last picture is GORGEOUS.

Sorry I missed you last weekend - I ended up falling asleep at about the time I was planning to set out. It's been a bastard of a couple of weeks at work, with 14 hour days and other things that wreck weekend.

Otoh, I may be up in Canberra in a month or so...
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2008-10-19 07:09 am (UTC)
So next question is, when are you coming to Adelaide? :)
Also, you'll have to be sure to give me plenty of tips for the travelling thing for when I'm ready to set out again.
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[User Picture]From: hespa
2008-10-19 07:20 am (UTC)
Good on ya!

I wish I could have been such a well-travelled baby at that.

...oh, wait. I was (Canada - England - Canada - Australia). Hrrm. Not sure what to make of that, except that maybe a well-travelled baby won't necessarily grow into a wanderlusting adult? Sigh.

I do think I was pretty good as a travelling pre-teen/teenager though (no "are we there yet?", I just learned to sit in the back and tell myself stories until we got somewhere).
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[User Picture]From: vegetus
2008-10-19 11:48 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures :) You are a very lucky man to have a beautiful wife and baby.

I don't get the "you can't travel with a baby comments", my parents travelled through Australia loads when my brothers and I were little. There are some great pictures of my brother aged 9 months being bathed in a bucket by a campfire somewhere in outback NT/WA and some of my earliest memories are making damper in the middle of nowhere.
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[User Picture]From: madradish
2008-10-20 11:46 am (UTC)
Lucky Lex and those photos are awesome!!

Silly people who think you can't travel with a baby! I had been to three different continents by age 5. :)
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