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2 week trip with 7 month baby?

Planning our summer holiday and Cuba seemed an interesting option.
12 years ago, January 24th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #127217  
Rround June 2011 - 2 weeks is all we can get off work - other thing is our latest addition will be 7 months old.

Do you recommend this as a destination with a young baby - is it easy to get around and do a bit of "backpacking/Homestay" etc with a young child?

Am embarking on some research and will hopefully get a few pointers from here too.

Many thanks

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12 years ago, January 24th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #127238  

...other thing is our latest addition will be 7 months old.

Congratulations!!! 😊 Another TravelBlog Baby. When will (s)he be born? Do you know if you are having a girl or boy?

Dont forget the TravelBlog babies album.

We went to Cuba, when our daughter was 10 months old. We didnt have a good experience there overall, but people there loved our daughter which was nice.

To avoid the problems we had: Be sure that you dont have a credit card or travellers cheques from an American bank. The US might be still boycotting Cuba. We found ourselves with only 100 US cash for our 10 days in Cuba and had to have my boyfriends parents wire us more money. If you get in the situation where you have to have money wired to you, make sure it is not in US dollars, or the US might intercept it.

To get around, we had planned to hire a car, but because of the money problem we couldnt afford it. I dont know what the public transport is like. I also dont know if the car hire people can provide baby seats or not. Maybe somebody else can provide information on that.

Here are a couple of theads which may interest you.

The way to do Cuba - pre book hotel ?

Can i take a gift to the cubans ?

When flying, be sure to ask for a basenette for the baby, so you will be able to get some rest. It is difficult to fly with a baby if you dont have one, because one of you will be holding the baby making it impossible for you to sleep, and difficult for you to eat.

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12 years ago, January 25th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #127263  
Hi Sally and Nick,

I may not share the same opinion. For me the point is what is happening when everything is going wrong.

We all know that if there is an emergency for our little one, what we need is a proper "centerof excellence" in terms of medical facilities.

If you 7 months old, it's the same thing as a 3 years old, or a 7 years old. The question is how long do I need to get to a proper place....and we all know the emergency is not the same for a high fever for a 7 months old or a 3 years old.

I would never go to Maldives with a child below 4 years old, even if the place is a paradise.

The question is not...what do we do if everything goes well....but what are the solutions if things do not go as planned. The point is that it is not how long you are from home, but rather how close you are from a good hospital.

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12 years ago, January 25th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #127304  
Thanks for the responses above.

Heidi was born in November 2010 and is doing well so far - biggest adventure yet!

I take your point about precautions and knowing medical care is adequate to cater for emergencies (stupidly hadn't thought of that at all) so might need to rethink - or look into that in a bit more detail.

Any other thoughts for an adventurous (but safe trip) under the same circumstances?

Anyone have any experience of emergency healthcare in Cuba?

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12 years ago, January 25th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #127323  
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I'd like to address the fear of leaving the house with anyone under the age of four:

Having actually traveled with children under four, who do occasionally get sick, we can dispel the fear mongering based on experience. We just got back from South America with our two kids. Mandalay was 9 weeks old when we left and Kiva was 2 and a half. We stayed for 6 months (living in an Ecuadorian village).

Mandalay once had a fever, we went to the doctor and he prescribed paracetamol. Kiva travelled to the Philippines when he was 7 weeks old, China when he was 9 months. He once had a fever when we were in Chile (he was 13 months old), we took him to the hospital and they gave him paracetamol. Incidentally, our daughter currently has a fever (we are now in Canada) and has a doctor's appointment in just over an hour. I'm guessing they will prescribe paracetamol.

Or one could say we are irresponsible to travel with kids.

One could also say "Those poor people in those poor countries shouldn't have kids, it is morally irresponsible for those people to have kids because they have an inferior healthcare system (compared to our own centers of excellence)". But you know what, people in those countries do have kids. Okay you might say, they have no choice to hop on a plane to Zurich every time their kid has a fever, but you know what, wealthy white westerners choose to live and have kids in so-called developing countries.

The point is, life is not something that you can "control" in terms of being able to predict, prevent, or cure every potential danger, whether you live next door to a world famous hospital or in the bush. If you had the same worst-case scenario attitude about your own life, you would never set foot out the door. Adventurous and loving parents will take a fever or illness of their children seriously whether they are in Baden-Baden, Bali, or Botswana and will see a doctor. And by the way, I'd wager a bet that your ambassador and diplomatic staff have families in whatever country you are thinking of visiting and can recommend a top-rate doctor if needed!

Anyway, that is all just opinion. I don't know about you, but I'd always heard that Cuba has a pretty good healthcare system. Here are some facts:

In 2007, the life expectancies at birth were as follows (World Bank data):
Cuba, 78.26 years;
World, 68.76 years;
Latin America and Caribbean, 73.13 years;
high income OECD countries, 79.66 years;
United States, 77.99 years

The mortality rates for children under five in 2007 were as follows (World Bank):
Cuba, 6.5;
World, 68.01;
Latin America and Caribbean, 26.37;
high-income OECD, 5.71;
United States, 7.60

The 2007 infant mortality rates published by the World Health Organisation in 2009 were:
Cuba, 5;
World, 46;
High income countries, 6;
United States, 6.
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12 years ago, January 26th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #127359  
We all deal with life in respect of our past experience.

My son had been on 63 flights by the time he was 20 months old....so I have no issue with a kid travelling.

When I was few weeks old, long time ago....I handed up with a respiratory problem...put it simply, the doctor explained to my parents that had they decided to stop in the next hospital, 30 minutes later, I would not have made it, and I was happy they had a sterile room.

I have a friend who lost her husband few months ago...simply because the evacuation plane couldn't get there fast enough for an aggravated appendicitis. Would they have been in Cape Town or Joburg, it would not have been in problem, but they were in Congo, in a city of 2 million people.

Everybody can take the choices they want when it comes to travel, when it comes to healthcare, not everybody has the chance to make these choices. I simply put the fact that emergency respond time is often very different for a baby, a child and an adult, and when it comes to my child, I don't want to regret later. Reply to this

12 years ago, January 26th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #127384  
Had a look at some info on Cuba healthcare and seems pretty good - lots of Doctors and facilities - the main issue I think is that they do not get paid an awful lot in comparison to their western counterparts!

Agree totally with all points above - at the end of the day you could get hit by a bus outside of your own house so whilst taking unnecessary risks is silly to let things stop you doing what you want would be even more regrettable!

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11 years ago, November 29th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #148055  

forgot to post here that we made the trip - she was 10 months old - thanks for all the advice.

we cheated a bit and stayed in smart hotels with A/C. The biggest issue for us with her was the heat - but we combated that with lots of swimming, rests in the room, and drinks in nice A/C bars/restaurants!

I whole heartedly think we had a much better trip with her. The Cuban's love children and we were stopped everywhere we went by locals wanting a cuddle or to say hello. Had just the 2 of us been wandering around or interaction would have been much less!

anyway - a fantastic trip with lots of very friendly people!

Colada's, Cohiba's, Castro, Che, - destination Cuba for our Holiday!
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11 years ago, November 29th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #148056  
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That is fantastic news!

I will have to read all about it on your blog.

Incidentally we are currently in South East Asia with our daughter Mandalay (one and a half) and our son Kiva (who is nearly four). We left Canada in late June and are still going strong. So far so good! Reply to this

11 years ago, December 30th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #149574  
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10 years ago, March 2nd 2013 No: 11 Msg: #166928  
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10 years ago, March 20th 2013 No: 12 Msg: #167580  
With a holiday to Cuba you are guaranteed warm weather with 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 25C. Whether you're looking for peace and quiet on a beautiful beach or for a Latin party atmosphere. Reply to this

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