Travel with a newborn

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Travel with a newborn

Ok ladies! Who's traveled with a newborn?

I flew with Tori when she was four weeks old. But I didn't road trip with her until she was six months old.

But my brother proposed last night (!!!!!) and the wedding will be in August. If I go all the way to my later due date, I'll be driving with a six week old. If I go closer to when I think I will, it'll be more like an eight week old.

It's an eight hour drive. Anyone done it? Drove with a little tiny baby? Stayed in a hotel with an eight week baby?

The first thing I came up with his that since my family is all going, we should get a room in between family members so any crying only bothers them. Smile

Any other tips? I knew this was probably coming but now that it's official, I'm nervous!

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I traveled with DS starting at 8 weeks and a plane trip at 12 weeks.

Honestly, other than stopping in the airport to pump, I thought traveling with a newborn is MUCH easier than a 2 - 3 year old.

That's exciting news about the wedding!

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I've done 6 hour drives (both ways) with a 3 week old. She was a fussy little thing so honestly, it wasn't as smooth as it could've been and I had to stop to feed her 3 times, buuuut we survived and she liked when I said "Shhhhhhhhhhh" softly over and over to the point I had the worst cotton mouth ever! Wink We flew with our DS at 2 weeks, but a small private plane so kind of different than big planes. He slept the whole time. I think it depends on your baby's temperament. My DD was never a happy baby unless you were holding her and moving at the same time (like standing and bouncing), but my DS slept 90% of his first few months so he was a piece of cake.

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I think a lot of it has to do with how much time you spend in the car while you are pg. We did a lot of road trips when I was pg with my first two, and I commuted to work every day, so they both found the car soothing. With Thomas, I didn't travel much at all while pg, and I didn't commute to work. He hated, and still hates, long car rides.

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My kids have no choice but to like the car. My sister is three hours away, my brother is eight and the rest of my family is 15 hours away. Plus I have a slight attachment to Florida so we head there a lot. Before this kiddo is a year old, he/she will have been to Des Moines, IA, Cleveland, Ohio; Boston, MA; Pensacola, Fl and Orlando, FL. And that's just what we have planned so far. We are road warriors!

My babies are always fussy, that's the big concern. We will be pulling over a lot. My biggest worry is getting stuck in Chicago traffic and not being able to pull over to feed baby. We will probably have to work it out so we drive midday on a Thursday or something. Or going the long way around and avoiding Chicago altogether?

This is one of the scariest things to me about having a baby again. My kids are so used to long car rides, they just do it without thinking now. This makes me panic!!!

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Traveling with little babies is pretty easy. They nurse and they sleep!! The part that is "slightly" annoying is the stopping every couple hours to nurse the baby. But, other then that they sleep!! Smile 8 weeks shouldn't be a problem. We moved across the country when my 4th dd was 6 months old. 4 days in the car. Even that wasn't too bad. Obviously she didn't sleep the whole time though... and there was some crying, but overall, not bad.

ETA: We drove from Kalamazoo MI to MN when my second was 2 months old. We did get stuck in Chicago traffic on the way back, and my dd did cry because she was hungry. But, that's life... yes, it's hard to hear them cry, but in the grand scheme of things if they cry for 20 minutes it's not the end of the world. It really will be okay!!

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Traveling with little babies is pretty easy. They nurse and they sleep!! The part that is "slightly" annoying is the stopping every couple hours to nurse the baby. But, other then that they sleep!! Smile 8 weeks shouldn't be a problem. We moved across the country when my 4th dd was 6 months old. 4 days in the car. Even that wasn't too bad. Obviously she didn't sleep the whole time though... and there was some crying, but overall, not bad.

I agree that newborns aren't too bad. The worst is that "I'm bored but nothing is entertaining to me yet" phase from like 8-15 months. That stage is brutal on car rides.