madeleine.lunelli

Leaving baby for a week?

Have any mommas left their baby for a week or so? How did it go? My husband and I have won a week long trip to Europe. DS will be 11 months at the time. Our options are to either leave him with his nonna or take him. If we take him, we will extend the trip to 2 weeks, but he is not vaxxed at this point in time. He loves staying with his nonna, but I have never left him overnight. I am worried about him feeling abandoned, and if there could possibly be any lasting problems from this. Any advice on what I should do? TIA.

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  • sarah.stahre
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    sarah.stahre July 07, 12:26 PM
    I have left my son with his Nana and Pa and it was fine. He had a great time and was so happy to see us when we came home. If you decide to take him with you, make sure you know what's going on germ-wise in the areas you plan on visiting since he is un-vaccinated. We don't vaccinate either, and you always want to be conscious of what's going on around you so you can avoid sickness as much as possible. Whatever you decide, don't worry about making the wrong decision. He will be happy and have fun no matter where he is. :)
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  • amywaud
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    amywaud July 14, 11:38 PM
    What an opportunity! Personally, I would extend the trip and take him! GO FOR IT! When will you get another such opportunity? And, he is still young enough to be highly portable -- he won't be once he is really walking or a bit older. Take an Ergo carrier, and get a cheap umbrella stroller once you are there -- they are small and so easy to maneuver around Europe's small spaces. Most hotels in Europe are surprisingly kid friendly, and will have a Pac 'n Play if you request it. We went to Europe with a baby and it was great. The plane rides were a bit crazy, but once there, it was smooth sailing.

    That said, I have left my babies with Dad for 10 days, but didn't feel great about it. He was fine, sure, but confused at that young age. And it is awfully far away... if you were going to be closer, within a few hours drive, that would be one thing, but I personally wouldn't be comfortable being that far for that long. Just a personal opinion.

    As for vaccination, yes, you would definitely want to vax your baby before going. Even if I weren't pro-vax (which is the position of myself and the other founders of this site), this is especially important when boarding international flight.

    Have fun!
    Founder of NaturallyBorn. Two-time graduate of U.C. Berkeley. Mom of three amazing boys. Grateful daughter of two child development experts and marriage/family therapists.
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