I'm taking a road trip with baby and need suggestions

Elizabeth - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, we atr taking an 8 hour road trip in a few weeks with our 4 month old daughter to visit the grandparents. I would like to know what everyone thinks is essential for the car ride. We will be at their cottage in Lac St Jean Quebec where we will probably be sleeping in a tent (I will have the playyard for her to sleep). We will be there for approximately a week. Any suggestions on what to bring will be welcome, also suggestions on how to manage the long car ride as I am breastfeeding... Thanks in advance!

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Beth - posted on 07/17/2009

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Well, since you are still nursing as tempting as it is to nurse while driving I wouldn't recommend. If something would happen, you would have so much guilt. So, here's just my view. You are either going to have to pump and bottle feed in the car or if that's not acceptable to you you are going to have to stop as needed. As with all traveling I would bring those key toys that your daughter likes, some books, etc. Since she may get bored easily mix up the toys a bit. When my kiddo was younger she would do great in the car, but as she got a bit older and more mobile (maybe around a yr) she would get ansy the longer she was in the car and found that she couldn't fall asleep, so screamed her head off the whole 10 hr car ride. Good times! I don't know your stance, but benedryl really assisted in some quiet on the way home. Just enough to get her to relax a bit; take the edge off, not knock her out. If that makes you nervous go talk to your dr about it or a pharmacist and they can assist with med levels for a 4 month old.

Jodie - posted on 07/20/2009

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At 4mths they still travel pretty well, but to help travelling easy and less stressful driving at sleep time is good early morn or evening is too. If you can sit next to your daughter will help too, mine would sit and stare at me the whole trip very funny. Comfortable clothes, water bottle on hand for you, baby bag on hand you will be fine!! Have a great trip

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Elizabeth - posted on 07/20/2009

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Thank you all for the input!! With your suggestions and support I am really looking forward to the trip! We leave in a week and I'm quite excited, if she enjoys road trips like I do we should be just fine. Thanks again ladies :)

Sara - posted on 07/17/2009

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Well, let me share my recent experience with you. We recently took a 9 hour road trip with our 9 month old and had the brilliant idea that we should leave at night and drive all night so she would sleep. Yeah, didn't work out. She woke up after about 3 hours and was a tyrannt the rest of the way. I think that doing it while she should be awake is a better choice, she'll be happier and so will you. We just stopped a lot, which you'll have to do because you're BFing, but she'll probably do pretty good in the car. I sat in back with her too to keep her entertained for the long haul. Also, you should take some of her favorite toys with you. We brought a bag just of toys that she likes to play with to keep her occupied. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 07/17/2009

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We took our twins on a 5,000 mile road trip when they were 2.5 months old...you can do this and enjoy it! Hopefully the baby will sleep a lot. I was bfeeding them, so whenever we stopped for a meal, I fed the babies. I also got the car adapter so I could pump and feed them from the bottle once a day so we could keep moving. I just smiled and waved at the truckers!

Angel - posted on 07/17/2009

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I did a 12 hour car ride w/ my daughter when she was a bit younger. You're four month will most likely sleep a lot. If you have a portable dvd player, bring it w/ you and set it up for her and play cartoons on it. At four months, she will be attracted to the moving colors. Like other moms said, keep the seat empty next to her if you're not planning to sit w/ her. You can also tie rattles and toys she may like to her car seat so they're easy to find if they fall out. Schedule your stops every few hours..however long betwen bottles she normally goes, but be prepared for the emergency "dirty diaper" stop as well. At four months, they're not much trouble on long car rides. It's when they get older that road trips can become difficult.



For camping, the pack and play crib is perfect. If she has a walker, play center, bouncy seat, or what not that can be folded down, bring it too. Take extra wash clothes to wet and bathe her w/ if it gets too hot. Get a misquito net that can cover the play pen to keep bugs off of her and Avon has a great misquito repellent that will be safe for her.

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Definitely drive overnight if you can! My son was about 4 months old when we did a 10 hour car trip. We went through our normal bedtime routine, but placed him into the carseat to sleep instead. I was also breastfeeding, and so when he woke to eat (I think it happened about 3 times) I pulled over and parked, got out the Boppy pillow, and fed him in the car. We used those stops for a diaper change time, too. He woke up for the morning only about an hour before we reached our destination, so we really only had an hour of needing to entertain him. It was a little tough on my husband and I, but at least we were able to keep our son on a normal sleep schedule - and I think that was best for all of us!

Amy - posted on 07/17/2009

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I drive 16 hours to Iowa twice a year with my two young children. It is best to drive through the night, so they sleep most of the trip. I did make the trip during the day while I was breastfeeding and it made it even longer than it was due to the frequent stops to breastfeed. I noticed that the more you have to stop, the crankier the baby gets due to getting them out of the car seat and putting them back in so quickly. So, I highly recommend the night driving. And as far as what to pack....lots of extra clothes but at that young, you don't need much.

Laura - posted on 07/17/2009

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Four months isn't too hard. I have older children and I'm afraid of the two hour drive to relatives because they can't sit still, always bugging each other. If you can sit next to her that would be good just so that you don't always have to be reaching back. I would do as Suzy and nurse in the car. Make sure the diapers are quickly changed, sitting in ones stuff like that with warmth will make for a miserable diaper rash while camping. Maybe plan for a few stops just to get out and change positions. Or do the overnight driving, I know other people who have driven with small children long distances and that's what they do. Have a good trip, good luck.

Anna - posted on 07/16/2009

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I suppose you're not driving (by yourself) because 4 months old baby need a constant attention during a car ride. You'd better sit on the back seat with your baby. If you're sleepy, hold her hands that you can feel any movement. Breast feeding in the car? Wear a comfortable shirt with fronts buttons. Prepare clean wet towel in a closed plastic container to wipe your breast before & after breastfeeding (I prefer towel rather than tissue, it's optional). Keep her upright on your chest for 10-15 minutes after nursing, because the shake of the car will annoy her digestive system. Have a nice ride.

Suzy - posted on 07/15/2009

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I may get in trouble for posting this but I nursed in the car!!! I tried to nurse him in his seat but that seemed more dangerous to me because I would have crushed him if we would have gotten in a wreck. I took him out and nursed him. I would stay in the back seat with him and entertain while my husband drove. Bring books @ toys, good luck that is a long drive

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Drive over night! She won't need to feed as often then and she'll probably sleep almost the whole way.

Shauna - posted on 07/15/2009

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i have taken my kids on a 14 hr trip to northern michigan and we would travel at night, but if thats not an option, bring your babies favorite toys, i used to keep a small bag of them handy. at 4 mo your baby probably wont get too restless( my oldest was same age on first mich. trip which was a daytime trip). i cant help you on the breastfeeding part, sorry. i also kept the seat beside my baby empty so i could hop in the back w/him during the trip.

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