My biggest challenge in traveling to Mexico City with a 4-month infant was the water. Don’t drink the water. Skip ice cubes and fruit juice and produce on the street. Easy enough. But what happens when your infant sticks his hands in his mouth seconds after you’ve washed them in the sink and THEY ARE NOT DRY YET?
Dry them. Immediately. Or use wet wipes after you wash. Whatever it takes for you to stop stressing over it and start enjoying your trip. At least, that’s what I decided.
Here are some other things we wondered about ahead of time, and decided mid-stream in Mexico City:
Eating/Feeding an Infant in Mexico City.
Our Airbnb came equipped with a big jug of filtered water, which was great. We used that for our formula supplementation. But I was exclusively pumping, so I had to deal with how to clean the pump parts and bottles multiple times a day with water that was not fit for consumption. I finally landed on boiling water in the tea kettle and small pot (the ONLY pot) in the apartment for a full minute, and then dumping the (no longer boiling, just really hot) water on all the little plastic bits to clean them. This kept me from using the scary looking soap bottle or regretting that I didn’t bring my own. It also kept me from using up all the filtered water, which I would have needed to heat up to get the residue off the bottles anyway. I air-dried the pieces and we were set. No problems.
Sleeping in our Condesa Airbnb.
Our Airbnb host generously equipped us with a new pack and play, but baby boy did NOT dig it. And thus ended our ban on co-sleeping. We put our swaddled fella smack dab in the middle of the king size bed. Careful to keep all blankets and sheets far, far away, we each took a side, therein ending any chance of romance. We didn’t care. Sleep was more attractive. (n.b. we returned to our previous sleeping habits after the trip without any issues.)
Driving in Mexico City.
There was no way we were renting a car in Mexico City, and no way we were going to try to install our carseat into every Uber we hired. And so we did as the Mexicans do, and did without. And once I got over it, I loved it. Let me tell you, sliding into the backseat with a sleepy baby still wrapped tightly tied to me made traveling through the city profoundly easy. I’m sure I’d have felt differently had the traffic moved quickly, but we never moved faster than a lazy jog, so that was that.
Packing Light for Easy Travel.
We had a washer and dryer in the unit, which allowed us to travel light. I still had some baby detergent samples from registering at a couple of baby stores, which came in handy. Other things we were glad we had:
- Swaddle cloths –> for swaddling, yes, but also for spit-ups, picnic blankets, stroller covering and everything else you can imagine
- A sun hat for the baby
- Sun hats for us –> big enough to give him some extra shade
- Lightweight, long-sleeve pants and onesies (instead of short-sleeves) –> sun protection in spite of the daytime heat
- Snacks for us –> our schedule was off and we’d end up hungry at hours when neither of us wanted to leave alone to get food and the baby was sleeping
- Moby wrap –> wearing our little guy proved a much better method than a stroller for moving through crowds and over bumpy streets. Plus, he liked being close to me when everything else was loud and unfamiliar.
- International cell phone plan –> we could use Uber whenever we needed/wanted
- 2 oz, ready-to-use formula samples –> for unexpected delays and for drawing out the eating process on the airplane
- Baby Tylenol –> because teething can start when you least expect it
- A list of Mexico City’s nearby clinics/hospitals and how to best get there –> we figured a Google search-and-print ahead of time would be far less stressful than figuring out what to do amidst our own surging emotions and a sick infant in a foreign country in the middle of the night. Luckily, we didn’t have to test our theory.
If you’re wondering about something else that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to shoot me a message. Otherwise, best of luck traveling with your infant to Mexico City!
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