Do you think it would be crazy to travel with baby at 3-4 weeks old?

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Registered: 05-17-2003
Do you think it would be crazy to travel with baby at 3-4 weeks old?
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Sun, 01-15-2012 - 1:53pm

We moved to WI from AZ 2.5 years ago and haven't been back to visit family since. We were initially talking about visiting next Christmas, but I was thinking that if we went at the end of Aug. (I am due Aug. 1st), that it would work well because the kids would still be out of school, I would still be on maternity leave, DHs school would still be out, and it might be easier and cheaper to travel in Aug than Dec. Of course, this is all provided everything goes well with the delivery and the baby is healthy. By then it will be three years since we have seen everyone. The kids could see family and the family could meet the new baby. We could get him/her baptized in our old church with family there. It might be a little crazy, but I was also thinking that a newborn is actually probably easier to travel with than an older baby that doesn't want to sit still. What do you all think?

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Registered: 01-22-2012

I travelled with my son early on and it is much easier than it is now that he's 2. I say go for it!

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Registered: 05-17-2003

Definately flying! I am not much for driving long distances and that would be a very long distance. I appreciate all the input. I think we will see how things are going, but to buy tickets and stuff, you have to plan ahead. It is a big decision because it will be a huge expense. It should be worth it though.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Are you driving or flying? If driving just give yourself plently of time and lots of breaks. We moved when ds was 3 weeks old and then again the next year when ds was 13m and dd was 3 weeks. Both were long distance moves. I think as long as you are feeling good and baby is healthy it will be fine.

Our family is 4.5 hours and we usually travel back within the first month so all the great grandparents can meet baby. Our kids have 9 great grandparents and most can't travel to us.
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Registered: 06-24-2009

I don't think its crazy. When my oldest daughter was about 4-5 weeks old we moved from Georgia to New Mexico and did it in a three day period.

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Registered: 07-08-2009
We moved cross-country when our third baby was 6 weeks old. It was a 5/6 day drive. Very doable.
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Registered: 10-12-2010

I think it's a brilliant idea so long as you and baby are fit to travel -- and you probably will be by 3-4 weeks post birth. Are you going to fly or will you drive?

Kind of in the same boat -- we left Indiana, where both sides of the family are for the most part, and haven't seen anyone since May of '09 when we moved back to North Carolina. Before we got pregnant this time, I'd planned on taking 1.5 weeks off to drive up to see Dad while his plant is on break in July, but obviously we cannot do that now. I think he and step-mom are planning to fly up to see us after the baby is born, but I think the idea of going up while on maternity leave is brilliant. But, we'd definitely have to drive. I couldn't afford 5 plane tix, 6 if hubby came (baby would have a seat -- I don't fly with babies on my lap, just my preference).

But from TX to IN is an 18 hour drive minimum and while Libby could even do the bulk of it, I just don't know that I'd be up for it. We took 2 days to drive from NC to TX this past summer and it ruined me for a couple days, and we'd definitely break up the drive into two days for a trip to the midwest. I think we'll end up waiting until summer 2013 to make the trip, and save up and fly at that.


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Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
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With my last one, we drove to Oklahoma for Christmas and she was about six weeks old. She did great but that is as young as I have taken the girls anywhere. We are talking about going back to Oklahoma this year for Christmas which would put baby at about 4 months.
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Registered: 12-31-2011
Honestly as long as the baby is healthy, I think it would be just fine. But my baby #5 you are probably much more relaxed. I know this will be #4 for us and I will be much more laid back.

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Registered: 12-23-2007

I think after 3 weeks, you'll probably be feeling pretty good, assuming an uneventful delivery and no issues with mom or baby.

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Registered: 09-08-2008
I didn't even think YOU were supposed to travel that quickly after having a baby! But as long as your doctors say it's ok, I don't see why not.

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