Thoughts on traveling with an infant?

Thoughts on taking a 2 month old along on a road trip. Total of 19 hours. Of course we are making plenty stops! We are planning on leaving around 7 pm so baby can sleep all night! She usually wakes up for feeding every 3 hours and wakes up at 7 am. But has anyone ever experience this ? I’m still debating. It is of course to spend holidays with family . But I am very I’m decisive now that the day is very close.

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Oh god I wouldn’t at that age because the damage it can do to baby being in a car seat for that length of time is just scary!! If baby isnt in a carseat and in a camper van/rsv then sure why not

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Not worth disrupting what little routine she has.

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Babies that young are not meant to be in a car seat for extended periods at a time. There is an increased risk for suffocation due to them not having full function of head and neck movement…therefore they can create a dangerous position for themselves that can block their airway. I’m a mom of three and a maternal child nurse. Ultimately if you want to take that risk it is up to you but I personally would really not reccomend it.

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What state are you going to? Need to check the weather going there. Need to check for road conditions. Make sure you have extra everything. Honestly it’s easy traveling with babies that young. I traveled with a 14 month old on a 29 hour flight. I dont recommend doing that…be safe pay attention to the weather n possible road conditions

If you keep on a routine that you already have and take her out to stretch I don’t see why not, but is people on here are not doctors. So ask your pediatrician about it instead of strangers

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It is advised by child experts any baby should not be in a car seat longer than two hours.There are the obvious risks of suffocation (I know you’ll be there so that’s not a big worry)but lesser known is the damage to babies spines from no support…Is there any way of doing the trip via train or plane?At 2 months travelling is great as they just sleep so much it’s just the physical side of it I’m afraid.I hope you get something sorted,even travelling over 2 days rather than one could help x

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They have preemies do a car seat test at the hospital that has them in a car seat for 90-120 minutes. My kiddo spent plenty of time traveling and he is just fine.

I’ve traveled all over the world with both of my children, road trips across country, flights from us to europe, trains, all of it. They did fine. You’ll be fine. She’ll most likely sleep the majority of the time and let you know when it’s feeding time. Honestly she’ll probably sleep longer than usual in the car. It’s way easier when they are young than it is when they hit toddler years!

I took my 3 week old on a trip for 7 days in the car. He slept all day instead of night because we drove in the day. We were moving and had no choice. It wasn’t fun. He also nursed every 2-3 hours so alot of stopping. Be prepared for the worst. But hope for the best!

How many other children will be there? I’d be worried about colds and the flu.

Not to mention if family is sick. With crazy weather patterns. I’d say no

Took mine from Texas to West Virginia when he was young like that for the holidays he’s now 10 no problems from riding in a car seat for that long id say if you wanna go load up and go

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If your concerned ask your baby’s pediatrician. He/she will advice you on what’s safe for baby at that age as far as travel and staying in car seat for extended period of time.

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I don’t see a problem going on your trip. We traveled from New York to illinois back in the 80’s with a 8 week old and we never had any problems. Actually, both my daughters went on long trips. As long as you stop every few hours you will all be fine. People make such big issues out of things these days. So much drama !!!

I think the baby is too young to be travelling, the most the baby should be exposed to is an early morning walk out…

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Do so after clearing the child in good health. Take a good number of breaks and it’s fine.

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Is it not feasible for the family members to come to you? I think that would be the better option so as to not disrupt her schedule, the healing you’re still doing, etc., not to mention all the exposure to illnesses from all those stops in rest areas and gas stations.

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I traveled from Ohio to Washington state solo with my infant son. We did fine. It’s YOUR child - do what you want and the baby will be good :heart:

It is a great idea. Make sure you have diapes, wipes and formula. Not a problem at all. We did it from Ontario to Nova Scotia. That took longer than 19 hours. Babies love car rides. You will be fine. She will be spoiled once you get to your destination. Might be a problem if she was a toddler then you have to entertain them while they are strapped in a car seat for 19 hours.