BTDTs: traveling with baby

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BTDTs: traveling with baby
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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 7:40pm

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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 9:11pm

Thanks to everyone for all the input!!

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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 12:28pm

I've done both with babies around that age.




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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 9:27am
Every baby is so different. Charlotte absolutely hated the car/carseat until she was about 5 months old. She screamed non-stop no matter what we did. Then rather suddenly she stopped hating the seat...just in time for our drive from Florida to Pennsylvania for Christmas. That trip went very well.

On the flip side, Charlotte flew from PA to FL at 4 weeks old with absolutely no trouble, and she flew from FL to PA and back again when she was 8 months with no trouble.

When Charlotte was very small, she nursed every hour and each feeding lasted at least 45 minutes. At that rate, any drive was a Looooonnnnggg haul. That's why she, my mom, and I flew to Florida while the rest of the family drove down.
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:56am
Oh that's a good point Mari... I had one of those babies that hated (still does) his carseat and traveling... I think that might have shaded my answer as well.
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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 2:23pm
I would wait and see. Both of my kids hated the car with a passion until they were over 8 months old (Anna is still not a fan, but tolerates it way better than she used to). I flew with my son at 2 months and it was a breeze. The hardest part was getting through security (I was by myself and had the stroller and infant seat with me to gate check)--but the plane noise helped him sleep. But every baby is different...
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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 6:50pm

Honestly, in my experience, traveling with a young baby is far easier than traveling with a baby a few months old... not to mention a toddler!!!
Since they sleep most of the times anyways, it's not so hard for them to sleep most of the trip... Unless you are unfortunate and have one of those babies who hate car seats!! I would make sure to make nursing stops every 2 hours or so, and so besides feeding the baby, you can help by changing positions or giving a little massage.


I'm faced with a similar dilemma... A cousin's wedding next october. Except than in my case Julia will be 6 months and Fede almost 3 yo... I still don't know what we are going to do!

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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 2:37pm
I've done 20 hour road trips when my boys were infants, and it's very doable. I think it's easier at that age then when they are toddlers! You'll have to make some more stops, but you'll have all of your stuff and won't have to deal with airline schedules.

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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 9:30am
I would honestly wait and see, every kid is different. Driving is nice since you can take everything with you and not have to worry about a carseat, things getting lost, etc... but at the same time at that age Teddy was still nursing for 45 minutes or better at a time, and if you have a nurser like that it could add a lot of time to your trip.

Is it possible if you and the baby fly out, and DH takes the car and meets you there?
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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 7:45am
I think at that age it is easier than an older child.. We drove to Ohio for David's baptism and he was only 3 wks and went great. On the other hand we drove to florida when he was 15 months and not sure how we did it. Next trip to see my in laws in Florida we are flying.

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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 6:32am

With a baby that age I would drive. It is nice to be able to bring everything you think you might need- especially as first time parents, and to not worry about bothering someone if the baby is fussy. Plus you can sing loudly, turn up the music, open windows, etc to help distract/drown out LOL the baby.

By 2 months nursing will also be going quickly for the most part and a stop every 3-4 hours for 15 minutes is healthy anyway:)

I've flown way too much with Teddy (seriously no kid his age should be such a world traveler LOL) and even though we always get through it, etc I still hate it with a passion and would rather do almost anything then fly with him- and he is a pretty decent traveler (no problems with ears, gets whiny but is never the kid just screaming or crying hysterically for an hour, is charming with the other passengers, etc). However he also really likes riding in the car so of course that plays a role as well.

Either way you should know that whatever you decide to do, with you and Bijon and a 2 month old, it will really go fine!!! Traveling with a child of any age really isn't bad if you are prepared, try not to get stressed out, and have company:)

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