(Closed) Travel (non-airplane) with newborn?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How would you travel to this event?
    Get chauffeured by Mom : (31 votes)
    74 %
    Take the ferry : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Do the train + shorter drive : (0 votes)
    Don't even think about going; it's unsafe for baby/you won't feel up to it : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @stillme:  I don’t want to say what other people should do/will feel like, but I can tell you that I would not have wanted to go anywhere 3 weeks post partum. Just going to the grocery store was a minor triumph, and also panic-attack-inducing. On the other hand, I see the appeal of being around family, for sure. I would want to travel by car, though, not deal with public transit of any kind. 

    I would have struggled traveling at that time with my little guy. If it’s worth it to you, though, I don’t want to discourage you. 

    Know that you, too, will probably not feel great, and you may be struggling with feeding/sleeping issues as well. I would make a plan to go, in case you feel up to it, but also don’t get your heart set on it and be willing to be flexible if it doesn’t work out. 

    Post # 5
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Assuming you feel good and baby is healthy I’d say hitching a ride with mom is your best option.  Then you can just sit in the back with baby and attend to their needs and readjust your sitting position as necessary. 

    Post # 6
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    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Go with your mom, just in case the baby is super fussy and/or you feel yucky.  

    As far as whether to go at all, obviously it varies by mom and baby… but my friends had a baby this summer and did a 2 week road trip when she was 3 weeks old, visiting a bunch of family.  They said she mostly just slept in the car and it was awesome!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    I would want 100% freedom to get out and move around and stop for food or feedings or whatever when I need to. The thought of being stuck on a train or a ferry for several hours with a newborn just seems like I’d be asking for it.

    Post # 8
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    1549 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’d go with mom. Normally I’d feel bad inconveniencing her, but you want the option of being able to have your own timetable (not depending on train or ferry) and you’ll want another person there.

    Post # 9
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    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Just my two cents is that it’s very possible that you will be up to two weeks late, and a lot of times your doctor will not want yo uto take a newborn baby that is that new (even 3 weeks if you are on time) into a large crowd and be around many different people. You may want to prepare yourself for the possibility of not being able to go. If you DO get to go, I would do the car ride with your mom.

    Post # 11
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    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @stillme:  Yeah. Darling Husband doesn’t get a vote this time 😉 Make the call that will make you and baby most comfortable.

    Post # 13
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    1549 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Hm I didn’t realize your husband would be going too. That helps. Something else to consider- my daughter woke up every 2 hours all day long and had to be rocked back to sleep. If she was stuck in a carseat for 5 hours, she’d be screaming her head off. You could hold her on a train right? Something else to think about. It might just be a game time decision based on your baby’s temperament. i thought you’d be traveling alone with baby when I originally posted.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @stillme:  I didn’t realize your husband was comin as well. I was thinking “public transit alone with a three week old. Absolutely nuts”. But if you have a second set of hands it seems less crazy. Not like you’d have to be carrying a baby and a weeks worth of luggage On your own. 

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Going with your mom is a good option since you can feel free to ask for rests, feeding breaks etc. However train or ferry gives you the option to walk around if you want especially if the baby is fussy and likes to move. 

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