(Closed) Parents: travelling with a newborn

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you have felt up to going?



  • Post # 18
    1434 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    My daughter will be almost six weeks this coming weekend, and we’re taking her on a 4.5 hour trip, and we have no illusions. We will likely stop once, and that’s fine. We’ll be staying with my uncle, but seeing my husband’s family for a birthday party. Because she’s so little, my uncle will babysit while we go to the party. breastfeeding is well established, and I pump as well- so the babysitting and feeding part isn’t an issue. 


    She was more than a week overdue. I wouldn’t have considered traveling at three weeks…maybe at four. You should play it by ear, though. You may have unforseen challenges. 


    Good luck!

    eta… I had an unplanned csection… I feel fine now. Again, though, at three weeks, no way would I have gone.


    Post # 19
    5229 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Honestly, better then than later. When babies are that young, they usually sleep great in the car and can usually sleep through just about anything. My baby would’ve handled this like a champ.

    When she was 3 months old, we drove from Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale (about 5.5-6 hours) to stay with family for almost a week. DD was great. Now at a year, 3 hours in the car is pushing it.

    Post # 20
    5995 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Hemnes:  I think I could have managed it at 6 weeks. By that stage my body had mainly recovered (from a C-section each time). I never travelled that far at the stage but I suspect I could have, and I have a friend who did an even longer road trip with a 4 week old. Since you’ll have your own room, that takes care of concerns about privacy and breastfeeding.

    That said, it’s understandable if you stay home. It’s a long way to go just for a baptism.

    Post # 21
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    It will depend on so many factors. I can tell you that with DS the answer would have been hell no. But a few girlfriends have had babies who were excellent sleepers from the get go and they all had a much easier time of it than I did. Also, I would not want to expose my LO to that many people’s germs.

    Post # 22
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    @Hemnes:  personally I wouldn’t want my newborn in a house with that many people. Chances are someone will be sick- esp w that many kids. Nope. 

    Post # 22
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I’m not a mum yet, so I can’t say if I would have felt up for it. However, Fiance want to give birth in the UK (where I’m from) wheneber we have children. But we’ll probably still be living here in Nicaragua, or at least the US. Which means a transatlantic flight with a baby that’s around a month old, depending on how long it takes to get their passport. I expect that will be fun!

    Post # 23
    2184 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    Hemnes:  For future ref I guess (just noticed this is an old thread) I think the trip itself would be managable BUT…. your baby is still going to be trying to get on a sleep pattern and be up all hours for feedings (possibly waking every else up if they’re a cryer) which for the adults is fine… but if theres going to be other children staying there and THEY get woke up?? well that may make for a very very very cranky household lol…… you will also not be able to control the noise in the house (again mainly with the kids) so if your babe is trying to take a nap/your trying to get them to sleep for the night and the other kids arnt in bed yet….your kinda S.O.L! Im not sure I’d want to stay with them mainly because of that….. (I can just picture a scenario where my baby having not slept for god knows how long because they’re overtired (with all the hectic-ness of being in a full house)……then when I finally get them down and a bunch of playing loud kids or adults come in the house and wake them up?…. I’d probably snap)

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