Traveling with a baby

@sunup13 (420)
Canada
April 18, 2007 5:05pm CST
I am going to be going on a trip to another province next month. My grandparents, my (then six month old) daughter and I are going to Ontario to visit my great grandmother who is turning 90. We will be away for roughly three weeks. Brooklyn is very good in the car, her other set of grandparents live an hour and a half away and my dad and step mom live three hours away. She has travelled both quite a few times since she was born. We are driving by the way and it will take 3 days to get there. We will be stopping for breaks, gas, lunch, etc and stop at 6pm to sleep in a motel. My question is what should I be prepared for traveling with her? Also, what should I pack? Thanks for the help in advance!
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8 responses
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
Hello my friend! I was going to say a lot of this and that. But as I have read your discussion. There is lot to pack already. (^^,LOL) Well, just make sure you won't forget anything before you leave. Make a check list, it's more easy. And aside from packing for Brooke, don't forget to pack your important things too. It's hard to travel far, take care of a baby and have something you forget to do or bring that will bother you. Anyway, I wish you a happy and safe trip. Enjoy! Take care! (^^,)
@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
Thank you, I am a list type girl, can't do anything without them! I can't wait to go, what an adventure.
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Have a safe trip!! (^^,)
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I've made an 18 hour trip with my son 3 times. The first time he was 4.5 months, the next time 6.5 and the last time 11. My husband was with us on all of those, and just me and the baby are doing it again in June. The baby will be 16 months old then. My son was always pretty good in the car, too. We brought LOTS of clothes and an extra car seat cover, and it's a good thing, because he did have an accident in his seat that would have been terrible if we didn't havea clean cover for him! I think we changed his clothes four or five times both days of the trip each way every time. I'm not sure why, diapers just seem to leak worse in the carseat. Another thing, don't forget to change her often. You will have to stop more often for her. Take bottled water. Your tap water will work fine, too. But it's hard for some babies to adjust to the difference and they get sick from it. My son is 14 months old now, and is just now getting to where he can drink water from 20 miles away without getting sick. I wrote an article about what we learned from our car trips if you want to check it out. Here's the link.... http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/165751/how_to_take_a_car_trip_with_baby.html
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Thanks for the info about the extra car seat cover. I didn't even think about that and how terrible would it be to have an accident and nothing to change it with! Also, for the bottled water suggestion. I didn't even think about different water making my baby sick. Thank you, very helpful!
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@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I agree, I never would have either. I do pre-made bottles of water at home and then just mix the formula. It takes less time and I don't have to get out of bed! I loved the article, thanks, wonderful suggestions from everyone!
@Netmoney (144)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Everyone has suggested great things! Anything to pacify the baby will certainly be of us since she will cry at some point during those 3 days. One thing I found helpful with warming bottles is stopping at convenience stores to use their microwave to heat water for bottles or the bottles themselves. BE SURE NOT TO HEAT FOR LONG and test it before you give it to baby. In the meantime, investing in a bottle warmer may save you a few extra stops. Good luck with your trip!
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@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
Good tip, luckily she's used to unheated bottles since her father isn't a fan of microwaves.
@astromama (1226)
• United States
19 Apr 07
You've gotten lots of great suggestions so far... I would think you might want to bring along some of her favorite music or books as well, to keep her entertained. Maybe she'll sleep a lot in the car... I know I always do on long road trips! It's a good thing your grandparents are coming along as they can help keep her occupied. Be sure to bring a variety of toys she can play with in her seat as well so you can switch them out when she gets bored with one or the other. Good luck and let us know what worked for you... I need tips!
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@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I sure will! I can't believe all the stuff we'll need but a lot can be bought along the way or at our destination as well.
• India
19 Apr 07
Really its difficult to take baby for a long drive unless or otherwise u r prepared for that. one of my friends son is almost 1 and half years old but then too she prepares herself with all stuffs while she takes him out for even a dinner, You have to have a separate bag for ur baby and pre-plan all those food stuffs, napkins, dyphers etc.. what my friend used to take is bottle food like oatmeal, crushed apples etc... Most important thing is change dress...which is very vital for the baby. Feeding bottle, warm water, towels, milk powder... hmm its really good to have baby, i dont have one... pls keep your baby safe, may god bless you and your baby... Have a great and happy journey.
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@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
Thanks so much for the well wishes. My daughter is so much fun, she'll probably entertain herself the whole way up!
@delenep (212)
• United States
18 Apr 07
It would be easier and less stressful to fly, but since ur driving, I would recommend her fav toys, having someone sit with her, bottles (get her used to cold formula now so u just have to carry water in the bottles and premeasured formula, diapers, 2 sets of extra clothes for in the car and clothes for when ur there. Keep wipes EVERYWHERE, in teh diaper bag, ur handbag, and in the car as well as hand sanitiser and something like chlorox spray disinfectant in case she drops her pacifier or bottle and u can't rinse it off. Carry bottled water so u can and in case of emergencies. motrin, neosporin, band aids, thermometer, etc. Think abotu what u would need in an emergency and what ur daughter loves to have w her. Hope that helps some.
@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I never even thought of a first aid kit, I'm so glad you mentioned it!
@delenep (212)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I forgot, try and put items in little colour coded containers (esp food items) so they are easy to find. She's prolly teething, so make sure to take her teething toys and meds as well as burp cloths. Keep 2 in teh diaper bag and 2 in the car, one in your purse and disposable bibs (pampers makes them). Try and take and take non-messy, easy to feed snacks (like gerber puffs) and try to save her feeds for when u do make a stop.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
I will say good luck to you! lol I traveled at xmas time with my 5 month old, but i went on a plane. she wasn't a happy camper at all. and she doesnt' even like to ride in the car for 30 minutes! so that wouldn't be an idea situation for us.. but maybe she will surprise you and she will be good for you the entire way :) Good luck again :)
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