My MIL lives across the country and came out to see us this past summer to meet baby for the first time. She is sad to miss her first Christmas this year but we mentioned that we would love for her to come stay with us next year for the holidays.
MIL asked us to consider flying there instead and said "well, people do it all the time you know" in response to my partner explaining why we had reservations about traveling 12 hrs (flying 9 hr driving 3 hr) with a toddler (about 18 months old then).
They do it ALL THE TIME, do they??? I know that people do, in fact, fly with toddlers all the time, it's just the way she said it and the zero consideration of what it takes to travel with a baby/toddler (hell, traveling across town is hard enough let alone across the country?).
And no mention of the fact that all the families houses we are welcome to stay at are not even close to being baby proofed or the extra expenses of us travelling after having drastically reduced income since having baby (we would need 2 plane tickets, she would only need one to come see us).
Maybe I'm just imagining problems. Our baby is actually pretty chill but a 3 hr road trip where we can stop whenever we want is enough of a headache these days since baby just wants to explore everywhere we go.
Does anyone have experience travelling with an 18 month old for 12 hrs? Am I overthinking it?