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Tips on car traveling with 9 month old.

We will be driving from KY to TX for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time we have traveled longer than an hour and half one way, since our baby was born. It has taken us about 15 hours when it was the two of us. Thanks, Cindy

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Gellhaus

Asked by Gellhaus at 6:48 PM on Nov. 1, 2008 in Travel

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  • Leave a couple of hours before baby's bedtime and drive all night. That's what I did.
    Babylove76

    Answer by Babylove76 at 6:52 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • Plan for more than 15 hours. You're gonna have to stop at rest areas, feed, change let baby stretch his legs. Sit in the back with him if you can so he doesn't go crazy staring at the seat. I think if you can drive at night that would help too. Good Luck!
    amyofthejungle

    Answer by amyofthejungle at 7:07 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • drive at night.....you'll get most of your driving done then and it's easy no crying baby no need to stop for feeding and changing etc except for when you normally do it
    bigtrucksgirl

    Answer by bigtrucksgirl at 8:11 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • Any way you can stop somewhere and spend the night? I know my 8 month old DS reaches his limit after about 8 hours in the car seat. If you can't stop, ditto the others about driving mostly at night while he is asleep. Plan on stopping every 3 or so hours for a good break to get him out of the car seat. We googled places where we could all stretch our legs and take a mental break, like cheesy museums and historic sites. If the weather permits, try places where you can picnic. Have a safe trip!
    crazydogchick

    Answer by crazydogchick at 11:58 PM on Nov. 1, 2008

  • I agree with all answers. Why not start out mid afternoon so your baby can enjoy some scenery with you; and then stay at a smaller inexpensive hotel. Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson's and Best Western all have "kids stay free" programs, so you can make an advance reservation. You can also request milk and cookies to be in the room when you arrive so your LO feels special. Then you can all get a good night's sleep, and get up early in the a.m. to complete the drive. No sense stressing yourself trying to get to a holiday family gathering. Take the extra time and enjoy it, if you can. Have a wonderful trip!
    ChefMom94

    Answer by ChefMom94 at 5:57 PM on Nov. 2, 2008

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