Posted by: mom | 2004/11/08



How safe is it to travel with a seven month old baby by car for about twelve hours

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Travelling by car is always dangerous, but the risk is minimized if you drive carefully and keep the baby is strapped in at all times.

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Posted by: MOM | 2004/11/10

Thanks for all your feedback it helps a lot!

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/09

I will certainly remember the rotation people idea for trips as my family grows and as the children get older. Must cut down on a lot of "mom, so and so is touching me" shouts.

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Posted by: Nuffing | 2004/11/09

I did a Cape Town to Durban and back trip with a 6-month old and then JHB to Cape Town when he was 12 months.

We recently did 4000km in a week, Cape Town to Kruger Park and back with 4 children ages 2.5 to 4.5! We were in a minibus, and were on the road for 6-10 hours every day for 7 days and the kids managed just fine.

We had lots of fun snacks (not too sugary though!), toys, work books to cut and paste, draw and colour in, reading books etc.

I was NOT looking forward to the trip but it was really fun in the end. I think one of the secrets here was rotating the kids and adulats at each stop so there was always someone new to interact with...

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/09

I did a two day car journey with my baby at 5 months old, so I feel for you.

Hubby and I stopped every two hours for a quick stretch for us and baby. I expressed milk in the back seat for feeding to him by bottle (he could hold his own bottle at that stage, so I let him have it in his car seat, eventhough I believe in cuddling while feeding, safety does come first). whenever possible, we stopped at a garage and hubby got us snacks while I breast fed in the car. We changed his nappy at every stop, either on the back seat, or in the garage loos.

I bought two new toys he'd never seen before to keep his interest (he was already recognising old toys that had been hidden for a week or so at that age), and for a few weeks before hand, I'd hidden some of his other toys which I then produced one at a time to stave off boredom.

As Nuffing said, thankfully, babies sleep a lot in cars. My son spent most of the time sleeping, but definitely woke up for feeds and sometimes for entertainment and no doubt discomfort.

I also sat in the back with baby for the trip, whereas at home, I usually sit in front with hubby.

My baby doesn't usually take a dummy, as I let him comfot suckle on me. He was happy to suck on a dummy in his car seat though.

In the hotels we stopped at overnight, I made sure we did lots of play time on the floor and tummy time for exercise. He loved lap standing at that stage, so we did lots of that during any times we stopped and in the hotels.

He usually slept in his own cot at that stage, but because of the reduced cuddle time, I put him in the hotel bed with us, and we all had a sound nights sleep. He went back into his own cot as usual and without fuss when we were home again.

Good luck, it will be fine.

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Posted by: Nuffing | 2004/11/08

It will be fine, just be prepared to have to stop fairly often, and be sure to keep baby in a proper stapped in car seat. You may need to travel in the back with him/her, and have plenty of amusing things on hand to keep him/her amused.

You may find baby sleeps most of the way anyway.

Obviously drive carefully too!

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