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My DH and I are traveling from Chicago to Virginia the beginning of April with our 4 and a half month old DS, and I am sooooo nervous. He is a semi-fussy baby (much better now that we have figured out he has acid reflux problems and is on Axid and I have cut out dairy and soy). I am breastfeeding and we cloth diaper. Does anyone have any tips or advice on how to make this a smooth trip?<br><br>
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Honestly, I would probably drive over night. Are you going to be meeting people there so you could get a nap once you were there?
 

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That is a long drive! We did that with my 2 girls, at the time they were 2.5 yrs and 9 months. It was tough but we drove through the night straight through from CT to SC. They slept the whole way- but honestly, it SUCKED!!! Dh slept most of the trip and when he drove, I couldn't sleep because I was worried he would fall asleep. I was still nursing my youngest and they were terrific, but ti was brutal on me.<br>
I find the younger the baby, the easier it is for long trips. You babe is probably sleeping mostly during the day, so I would think about starting after a good nursing at any time and when you and dh are alert. Perhaps getting a hotel 1/2 way there and overnighting. That would be best for everyone I think. (I wish we had done that)<br>
Don't expect to make it there i nrecord time either. You're nursing every 2-3 hrs, so plan on making many stops and taking your time - stretch, get a good feeding in, change the dipers etc.<br>
Oh, we CD too, and kept a separate trash bag in the trunk for the soils. It stunk, but what can you do? We were staying with family, so I only brought a couple of days worth and washed them frequently.<br>
You'll do fine, I'm sure, just be patient.<br>
All my best!
 

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We get up really early in the morning and start. We have found the kids usually get lulled off to sleep which is strange for my kids as they are live wires.<br><br>
Some new toys is always a plus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We drive 14 hours when we go visit dh family. We drive straight through.<br><br><br>
We dont stop if the kids are asleep, we make miles while kids sleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Have fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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sit in the back with the baby and try nursing her while driving...don't take baby out of seat...you lean over her in her carseat...good luck<br><br>
also, we don't stop unless a child has to go to the bathroom...one time my dh peed in a water bottle while driving ,,,,
 

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We did a (usually) 14 hour trip with our girl when she was 4 months. It took us 24 hours, what with having to stop every two or three hours for nursing and changes. Toys didn't help much for our girl, as she was too young still to care about toys at that point.<br><br>
So, we took our time, was the main thing. We brought a sealable pail liner (from Snap-EZ) to put the dirty dipes in, and it worked beautifully.<br><br>
Good luck- it sucked, and I swore never to do it again.<br><br>
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We drove across the country when our DD was that age. We found that 6 hours of actual driving was the most we could realistically hope for in one day. (And getting in those 6 hours took us the whole day.) If you absolutely have to do the whole trip without stopping overnight, the idea of doing the driving overnight might be the best. We never tried that, but I thought about it.
 

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Seriously, you can lean over the carseat and nurse?? I am trying to figure out how you do that for ten minutes!
 

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Did you drive during the day? Also, thanks for the tip on the Snap-Ez sealable pail liner, I was wondering how to contain the diaper odors!
 

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Please, don't lean over the seat to nurse while driving. If you were to have an accident while doing that, your body will collide with baby and interfere w/ the way a rearfacing seat absorbs crash forces. And really, IMHO, baby needs to get out of the seat once in a while too, to stretch and move around. So, plan on stopping at least every 2 or 3 hours, long enough to change, nurse, cuddle a bit.
 

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We drove during the day, but we have a pretty easy-going babe. She napped and played with the adult in the back or just looked out the window- but she was only good for it for two or three hours at a time before she needed a break. I don't think that driving nights would have worked for us, though- she seemed to really dislike it when it got dark out. I think it made it hard for her to look at things out of the window.<br><br>
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i agree with one of the PP... please don't lean over the carseat to nurse.<br>
stop, take the baby out or bring along a manual pump and pump while driving (not while YOU are driving!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and give baby EBM in a bottle if you can.<br>
You should never take your seatbelt off when in a moving car... what good is it for baby to be perfectly strapped in safely when Mama (and possible Daddy, too) are in the trauma unit? (I work in one, seen it WAY too many times!!)<br>
We never drove quite so far, my family lives 500miles away, but long car trips with a little one do suck!<br>
good luck Mama! be safe!
 

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I never had to take my seatbelt off to nurse. and also, I agree baby needs to get out oand stretch, etc...but lots of cue-fed babies need to nurse more than every 2 hours...
 
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