Earliest trip with infant

posted 4 months ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I wouldn’t commit or plan anything until after baby is here. Mine is formula fed so we haven’t taken her anywhere yet (5.5 months) because I absolutely dread lugging all that formula and bottles around. She did really well with hour/two hour drives (And still does) when she was younger though so I don’t see the train being any different.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

We started traveling on planes when my baby was four months. Would have done it sooner but it was the height of flu season and I was paranoid about that. I remember being a nervous wreck before the first flight cause I was flying alone with her, and just the unknown of it all, but it was actually fine!

I’d say 2-3 months is the perfect time to travel with a new baby (assuming you aren’t dealing with colic or other health issues)! Figuring out logistics like a pack n play, car seat, etc is always annoying but the actual experience of traveling with a young baby is pretty simple, or was for me. It has only gotten more challenging as she got older lol.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We traveled 5 hours by car with my car seat hating son when he was 12 weeks old. It took us 7 hours because we had to make A LOT of stops and it was very stressful, but we did it! It is absolutely possible, my recommendation would be to take sanitizing wipes and wipe everything down everywhere to avoid germs (especially in flu season), but otherwise go for it. This was also my ped’s recommendation. My son is now 19 months and we have flown with him about 7 times.

 

Are you nursing? That also makes it much easier. anonbee3584 :  

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - City, State

anonbee3584 :  My mother and my aunt flew me home (South Dakota to California, so not a short flight) when I was 6 days old and all went well.  I think it’s feasible, I think you just need to be prepared for baby being unhappy and how you’re going to handle that. 🙂

Post # 21
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Helper bee

I actually drove a total of almost 4 hours (2 1/2 hours to get to in laws and another 1 1/2 to get the spot) to go tent camping in the woods when my son was only 2 weeks old and it was fine.  We did lots of 2-3 hour trips driving back and forth to my in laws before he was even three months and it was so easy! He’d usually sleep the whole trip (and to this day usually falls asleep in the car if we drive more than an hour. He’s now 6 1/2). I think it will be fine as long as you’re prepared. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

At 3 months my husband and I took my son on an overnight ferry followed by about 10 hours of driving. It was generally fine, though we did split the drive across two days on the trip back. We stopped driving roughly every 2 hours for a feed and change, otherwise he mostly slept. A 2 hour train trip on your own sounds quite doable, and easier than driving if you are on your own.

Having said that, my son is breastfed and a fairly calm little guy. I’m sure it could be stressful if they’re unwell etc.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Yes! For sure. We waited under she was at least 8 weeks to travel via plane for vaccine purposes. We flew from Michigan to Florida to visit my SIL when my LO was 9 weeks old and it went great! 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Regardless of, but definitely for, the trip I would invest in a decent carrier that will allow you to wear your baby and still have your hands free for luggage/getting on and off the trains. 

 

With our eldest we did 4 hours to my home town at around 2 months. Took an age due to stops but it was fine. With our son (4 weeks) we aren’t properly travelling until 6 months but it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t…it’s just harder with two and my husband only has finite time off. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I did a 13 hour road trip with my baby at 3 weeks 5 days old to Italy. We split it into 2 days because it was like 22 hours with stops but it was pretty easy. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

I moved 15 hours away when my kiddo was 2.5 months old. She slept like the entire time. I was worried of course but it was more relaxing than expected. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper

So jealous of all these posts lol. LO was/is not an easily transportable baby. I’ll keep him, though.

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Congrats!! How exciting. 

I found 3 months to be absolutely the best time to travel with my baby. Not completely newborn, had first vaccines, still mostly sleeping and can fall asleep anywhere (home, restaurant, bar, wherever). 

Our baby was both breast and formula fed (mostly formula). When we were at home or somewhere with a microwave, she got warm formula. Otherwise she got cold/lukewarm formula. I found formula super easy for travel. Bring a small portion of formula, have a few bottles with ready portioned formula and then just some water. 

Sometimes these things can be as hard or as easy as you think it is – provided no special concerns with your baby. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

I haven’t a personal experience as a parent but I was the baby who traveled oversees as a 3 month old :D. Plane and then about 8 hour bus ride. I turned out just fine ehhe. 

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