how old should a baby be before travelling

Kylie - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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im due to have a baby in september and me and my partners family live in another state, how old does the baby have to be before travelling in a car for a long distance?

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Tonya - posted on 06/21/2009

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if you are going to be traveling out of state you may want to have a list of pediatricians in the area you will be traveling in just in case something were to happen. Motherhood is no picnic but there is no greater joy on earth than to be a mom.

Tonya - posted on 06/21/2009

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I have 4 lil ones and we have traveled by car after about the first week or two with all of them. They did fine. As long as you feel comfortable and the baby has no health problems such as sleep apnea or trouble breathing while sitting in a carseat. You should be fine. Follow your instincts and go with your gut. If you feel safe and comfortable traveling with your baby and have a clean bill of health go for it. Best Wishes on your new little one!

Anna - posted on 06/21/2009

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I've never heard of the ear drum thing but maybe wait until your 2 week appointment atleast then ask your babies Dr. after she's had her check-up. I agree that the younger they are the easier bc they sleep more! When we travel we take a break every hour or sooner to get out, feed them, change them, etc... good luck!

Jen - posted on 06/21/2009

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my daughter was 2 weeks old when she had her first car trip. It's 4 and a half hours to my parents house and the younger they are the longer they sleep lol :)

Meira - posted on 06/21/2009

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If you're really worried about the eardrum thing, sucking on something (breast, bottle, binky, finger) will relieve the pressure. You will know if it's bothering her, just pull over or a minute and let her suck.

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Melody - posted on 06/23/2009

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My doctor told me that they really need their 6 week shots before they travel outside of your local area at all.

Kylie - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thankyou i will ask the doctor. all the information you all have provided has been helpful. thankyou heaps

Brittany - posted on 06/21/2009

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I traveled 12 hours by plane when my son was 6weeks old and by car from Phoenix Arizona to North Idaho when 3 months. I think after just a few weeks and you're fine. Yes you'll have to stop every few hours for feeding and diaper changing but they'll sleep pretty much the rest of it.

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Amanda - posted on 06/21/2009

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if you start when they are really young the better cause then when you even put them in the car they will relax and just be good! unlike my kids they are ok when we are just going to the store but if we are in the car more than an hour they scream cause i never really took them on road trips

Jen - posted on 06/21/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

it takes about 6 hours to get there and we wanted to go about two weeks after i have bub, but i was told that you have to wait until they are 6 weeks old or something like that because their ear drums can bust because of the change in the altitude but i am so confused. And your little girl slept most of the way did she?


Yep we've traveled that same distance with her since then and she's 18 months old now and she'll usually sleep almost half way. I always try to leave right before a nap time and after she's already eaten or at a time that will get us to our halfway point for a meal. I never had trouble with her getting cranky until she was probably 9 months old and she didn't want to be in her seat for a long time. I think 2 hours is a good stopping point because they just get crankier afterwards. With a newborn just make sure you have plenty of bottles or you know some good places to stop if you're nursing. Ear popping is probably only a problem if you're flying or will be in the mountains. The only way to combat it with young children is to have them suck on something. Good luck.

Kylie - posted on 06/21/2009

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Heya, i had my daughter in a different town to the one we live in, and its a 3 hour drive, and we went straight from the hospital to home when she was only 4 days old. And we didnt have any worries at all, being so young she slept 99% of the way. But as the other mums have said, if your really worried talk to your doctor. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 06/21/2009

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I have never heard of the altitude thing as far as car traveling, I don't know when is safe to take them in planes, but our little one was traveling 3 hours once a month to a special doctor in another state starting at 3 weeks old. He slept most of the way, and at the last 30-45 minutes of the trip he wanted to stop to eat maybe, be changed or just stretch for a minute. Occasionally we would feed him in his car seat. ( I did not like doing it that way at all, but sometimes it was the only option, I breast fed so pumped before and gave a bottle.) and if he was just fussy I would climb in the back seat and sooth him, he always did great.

Stevie - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son was born nov 12th and we had him in a different state than we live and the drive was about a 2 hour drive back home from the hospital and then christmas we traveled i think it was 9 or 10 hours to my father in laws house threw mountains in missouri lol so i think as long as your up to it and your husband is up to it then as far as you want im not sure about flying so you might ask your doc about that but i think you can do that too congrats on the soon to be new little one

Tashia Ann - posted on 06/21/2009

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i had my daughter at the beach at 2 weeks you just have to stop alot more... it was a four hour drive

Bridget - posted on 06/21/2009

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You just have to be comfortable with it and make sure you stop and take breaks from the car seat. I would also ask the babies pediatrician before you go. They may what you to do something special or give you some guidelines.. have fun!

Sabrina - posted on 06/21/2009

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My daughter was a week old when we took her to grandma's it was about a two hour drive. but like some of the other moms said the younger the better since they sleep alot. I think th eear drum thing would be if you were flying. The youngest my kids wer for a long car trip was my son he was 7 months when we went to texas it was a two day drive.

Kylie - posted on 06/21/2009

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it takes about 6 hours to get there and we wanted to go about two weeks after i have bub, but i was told that you have to wait until they are 6 weeks old or something like that because their ear drums can bust because of the change in the altitude but i am so confused. And your little girl slept most of the way did she?

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