Post # 1
Does anyone have any experience travelling with a newborn, specifically a one-month old? I just found out I’m pregnant and due on May 25th, right around the time my best friend in the world is getting married, in a city a five-hour drive from mine. She’s looking to push the wedding to June 27th, in the off chance that I can make it (she hasn’t booked anything yet).
Does anyone have experience with travelling with such a small baby? I plan on breastfeeding, and driving to the wedding with my husband (instead of flying). Is it too soon? I’m thinking I’ll just tell my friend that I won’t know until closer to the date… But just wondering what other people’s experiences have been.
Post # 2
My maid of honor had a 1 month old at our wedding. She was breastfeeding and drove ~2 hours for the wedding. It didn’t seem to phaze her in the slightest. Another bridesmaid (also breastfeeding) had a 2.5 month old and she drove for 7 hours! They just planned on the drive taking a little longer with breaks. And the husbands helped watch the babies while they were getting ready. They had a place they could go to breastfeed during the reception. Wasn’t a problem, at all.
Post # 3
MsGolightly: It is possible, but I would wait until closer to the date to make your decision. We flew to visit my parents when my son was 4 weeks old.
Newborns pretty much just sleep and eat , and they will sleep anywhere so travelling is not hard on them. You are the one who may not be ready. If you are breastfeeding, it often takes at least the first month or more unti you are competent and comfortable. Throw travelling, change of schedules, accomodation etc into the mix and it can set you back, especially if this is your first.
Post # 4
JenGirl: That’s really great to hear. Thanks for that. It’s reassuring to know that it can be done relatively easily.
I also forgot that my mom would probably be attending as well, so that’s an extra set of hands. Plus, looks like the wedding will be taking place at a hotel, so we’d have easy access to our room when needed…
Post # 5
julies1949: All good points. I think I will end up just making my decision closer to the date. She has been totally understanding and excited for me, and I would just LOVE to be able to be there for her.
Am wondering if it would be better to fly there, so that we get there quicker. Or is it ‘safer’ to drive so we have more control?
Post # 6
As long as everything does smoothly and there’s no issues, you should be fine. I’d probably just play it by ear and let her know a little closer. I would definitely want to drive though. At 1 month they’d hopeful just sleep most of the way, but with pressure changes, lights, some much going on, it could be harder that just sleeping in a cozy carseat.
Post # 7
MsGolightly: Even better. We invited the parents of both the girls I mentioned. My MOH’s mom couldn’t make it, but my bridesmaid’s parents came and ended up taking the baby up to ther room towards the end of the night so my bridemaid and her husband could party. See how things are going closer to time, but it’s definitely possible!
Post # 8
MsGolightly: I took an hour flight (solo) with my 6 week old. Shes an easy baby and it was no problem traveling with her. She’s 7 months and we have flown about 12 times since. I would rather a quick flight then a 5 hour drive!
Post # 9
Dirty Delete has dairy intolerance and acid reflux- both started around the 1 month mark (although it took significantly longer to diagnoise and treat). At that time she was screaming for 14 hours a day. We definitely would not have been able to travel. However I think our situation is a bit out of the norm!
Post # 10
We were discharged from the hospital during an ice storm to a home with no electricity so we spent the first three nights in a hotel. The hotel and the driving shouldn’t be an issue although you’ll be shocked by how much stuff you will need to take along for the baby. Your baby won’t be vaccinated at one month and your pediatrician may advise you to limit your newborns exposure to crowds so you may have to adjust your expectations of how much your baby can participate in events/meet people. As long as you plan to take breaks along the drive, you should be fine. Hope that helps, best wishes!