Subject: Re: Travelling with a baby
Hi Simona,

I have traveled with all four of my children when they were babies. (When my oldest was 8 mos, he was on an even longer trip than the one you're contemplating.) Babies are typically the easiest travelers--they sleep when they're tired, eat when they're hungry, can be popped into a backpack for a stroll. And seven months is a great age--old enough to be aware of his surroundings, yet young enough to be amused and entertained by just about everything.

However--the actual experience varies greatly from child to child. My oldest child rarely slept, and--thanks to the time difference--when he made that long trip as a baby he was wide awake between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. for several days. Not fun at all, but hardly awful enough to make me wish I hadn't taken the trip. For the most part, my kids have had few problems with jet lag.

Definitely do it. You can work out the details later (where to stash all the stuff he'll need) and don't expect anything from the airlines (I remember giving a bunch of diapers to a frantic mom who had assumed that the airplane would stock disposable diapers). But don't pass up an invitation just because of your concerns about your baby--he will be fine.

JoAnne in California