Taking a 12 hour road trip with 8 week old

Lydia - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old baby hates traveling in the car, and we are going to George (12 hour drive). We'll travel during the night, cause she sleeps well, but I'm stressed that she won't sleep in her car seat. I don't want to sit with her on my lap, for obvious reasons. I'm planning to extract in the car and bottle feed. Does anyone have some advise?

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User - posted on 02/04/2009

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My husband and I took 3 kids (the youngest 5 months) on an 8 country, 5000 km. road trip this Xmas. It was surprisingly easy! Just stop ever so often and continue breast feeding if that is what you do at home. Why give the bottle b/c you are on a trip??! Double work (b/c you have to pump, sterilize, and then feed-what a fuss!). Children are good travelers when their parents are relaxed and fun...

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Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2009

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The car usually puts babies to sleep... so as long as you are in motion, your baby will probably be fine (no drugging necessary!). If the baby won't take a bottle, bring a long a sterdy nursing pillow, and just nurse the baby in the car. The hardest part of long trips during the night, I find, is for the parents who miss out on a night of sleep!

Hayley - posted on 02/04/2009

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put some relaxing baby music on...either kids songs (they like the boppy sounds) or something like the baby sleeping cds. She'll soon learn on that long drive that the car is a great place to sleep. stop often get her out and let her stretch out and get some fresh air but just talk to her along the way and maybe sit with her for some of her wake times. "drugging" her shouldnt even be an option. The other thing is she may find the car seat hurts her back so you could have her checked at a chiropractor that is experienced with babies.

Miranda - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have done trips that long since my so was 8 weeks now 11 months and we always did them after the evening feed and he slept most of the way. Only stopped twice for feeds and made our petrol or toilet stops at the same time.

Kim - posted on 02/04/2009

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I THINK TRAVELING AT NIGHT AFTER A FEED WOULD GO DOWN WELL FINGERS CROSSED SHE WILL BE NICE AND FULL AND THE MOTION OF THE CAR WILL SEND HER OFF MY DAUGHTER HAS ONLY EVER DONE 2 HOURS IN A CAR THOUGH GOOD LUCK FINGERS CROSSED AND SURE YOU WILL GET THERE FINE , THINK THE EXPRESSING IS A GOOD IDEA AS WELL you dont want to have to get her out of her seat to feed xxx

Helga - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi,



 



We've been dragging our girl around the world since she passed her 8th week and she's always been a wondeful travel companion, no big hysterias or such.



What worked for us was that we always found time to stop and allow her on the breast instead of extracting and bottle feeding. Calmed her instantly and allowed for a better sleep. Also, i dunno if that would bother you but it might help to play a cd specifically designed for babies on the car's stereo. They have soothing music and it worked very well for us.



Does she play with her hands yet? Hang some of the colourful stuff above her seat that she can touch, shake, etc if you havent yet. 



Good luck :)

Lydia - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Rene:

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Speak to your clinic sister, she may help - also check for the Panado drops, they are easier to administrate for babies (not sure about the age restriction though).



Thanks Rene, taking her for her injections on Friday, then I'll def ask!

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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HI



Speak to your clinic sister, she may help - also check for the Panado drops, they are easier to administrate for babies (not sure about the age restriction though).

Lydia - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Rene:

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Ive had my fair share of travelling with babies - by car, train and plane! Ive found that for long trips I would keep some Panado Syrup handy - I dont advocate drugging your baby, but they do get sore and uncomforatble from travelling in those car seats! Also, you would need to stop to allow her to stretch a bit - maybe when you change her diaper. Obviously you wont wake her up to do that! Wrt the bottle feed vs breast- I always found that giving them the breast comforts them - but again then you will have to stop. Good luck!



Thanks Rene



 



I'm also not keen on drugging my baby, but once won't hurt if it will make this trip more comfortable for her . I'm a bit concerned though because all the panado bottles says from 3mths only.

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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HI



Ive had my fair share of travelling with babies - by car, train and plane! Ive found that for long trips I would keep some Panado Syrup handy - I dont advocate drugging your baby, but they do get sore and uncomforatble from travelling in those car seats! Also, you would need to stop to allow her to stretch a bit - maybe when you change her diaper. Obviously you wont wake her up to do that! Wrt the bottle feed vs breast- I always found that giving them the breast comforts them - but again then you will have to stop. Good luck!

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