(Closed) Two and a half hour road trip with newborn?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

No experience but i believe my mom did road trips with my sister when she was a newborn < 3 months and did fine.  If both you and your husband are going i would think he could drive and you could be in the back seat if she got fussy or vice versa. Good Luck! Sorry im not more help.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We just had friends come visit with their 2 month old, they live 4 1/2 hours away. They said the trip was fine, he just slept the whole way.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My LO is one month old and next week I’m driving him about 3 1/2 hours away for a trip to see grandparents/great-grandparents.  I’m going to time the drive there and back around his afternoon nap.  It’ll just be me and LO so if he gets hungry I’ll just pull over somewhere and nurse and then continue on.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I’m not an expert whatsoever, but I think it would be much easier to get through a roadtrip with a newborn versus a baby a year or so old. They sleep quite a lot and as long as you know you can safely make stops when needed (so you don’t end up in the middle of nowhere if you happen to need something), I think you’ll be fine.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I made a 10 hour car trip with my daughter at 4 weeks and she slept the entire time, only waking up to eat and be changed. It is MUCH harder traveling with her now that she’s toddler.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We plan to start taking trips to my parents when our baby will be 3 weeks old. We’re then flying with him to FL for my sister’s wedding at 5-6 weeks old. Driving, I think it’s just a matter of being prepared to pull over if need be, to feed or change the baby.

I don’t think traveling with an infant is anything to be scared of. They don’t need a lot, don’t need to be entertained like older babies/toddlers do, and they sleep a lot.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I bet the baby would sleep for the whole 2.5 hour car trip!  I agree with the PPs that travelling with a newborn is way easier than travelling with an older baby/toddler.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Seems like it would be fine unless you have a colicky baby or she doesn’t do well in the car. I’d imagine she’d probably end up sleeping most of the time.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Yeah, she’ll probably sleep most of the way. Like a PP said, if you’re sharing the driving, one of you can sit in the back if need be if she gets fussy.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We drove two hours to pick up my in-laws from the airport when Addie was about 3 weeks; it was pretty easy.  If you can load the car and have everything ready to go about 30 minutes before your departure; spend the last 30 minutes changing and then feeding the baby again.  They’ll probably just sleep the whole way, but you might to change and feed again immediately upon arriving, so be ready for that.  Otherwise, enjoy your time showing her off!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have a 2 year old.  I must say, it was so much easier driving to visit family when she was a newborn.  She slept the whole way. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We took our baby to meet her great grandmother at about 3.5 weeks.  It’s about a 3-hour drive and it was fine.  You may want to plan for a little extra time in case you need to feed the baby.  We’re going to do about a 2.5 hour trip (and back) tomorrow with the now 8-week-old.  I imagine she’ll still be fine.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Newborns are easy to travel with.

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