Question to the Parents of STW- Drive abroad with a
We did the eurocamp holidays on france / franco swiss border when our kids were young. It was hard work, but we enjoyed it. Sat Nav would have helped when we got lost in Paris and my 6 month old daughter filled up her car seat with dihorrea (had to carry her through motorway services dripping poo all over the floor!), but other than that, it was hard work and great fun.Posted 8 years ago
6 months old babies love car journeys and the gentle movement soothes them to a blissfull state for up to 16 hours at a time.
Not all do! Ours certainly didn't… Two hours was fine. Much more pretty awful but then admittedly he's never been the type of baby to sit still for more than a few minutes…
As I said, it depends on the baby.Posted 8 years agoowenfackrellMember
Done it to the south of france and it does depend on the baby but ours were easy. A quick word of warning if yo find that yours can only tollerate one type of wipe then take 3 times as many as you think you will nedd as you may not be able to find them. This goes for other stuff to hence why you end up with so much crap when going on holiday with a small baby.Posted 8 years agovinnyehSubscriber
You'll be fine, we spent 3 months travelling with our oldest-she was 4 month olds when we left. They'll spend a lot of time asleep in the car, if you're lucky, but be prepared for regular stops, when they want. Half an hour of baby screaming while you're motorway driving and looking for a place to stop can be hell though.
If they're on formula milk, best to take it with you if they're fussy, taste and availability can vary country to country. One of the modern travel cots, that look like a little tent are good, it gives them continuity of their nighttime sleeping environment. A blender for food, if they're starting to eat. Loads of clothes- there will be carsickness!
Oh, and baby's first passport is quite cool- the photo will bear no resemblance to them in 6 months time.
When's it due Hora?Posted 8 years ago
Clearly I was being sarcastic we could all have joined in and he would have booked it.
At 6 mths ours were still breast feeding every 3-4 hours and then needed a nappy change so it once took us 7 hours to do 200 miles as we had to stop 3 times for over an hour each.
I would not even consider it with a 6 mth old personally but as Hora has no children we could have tricked him….What did you think I was doing STW?Posted 8 years agovalleydaddySubscriber
done it loads, but our 2 girls used to long trips in car, as rellees in Scotland.
Think about a lie down car seat, like a Jane MAtrix type as not good for little 'uns to sit up for long periods seemingly.
Second window blinds or tints (sometimes dodgy abroad) blinds a safer bet.
Aircon is a must too to keep you all sane
Samsonite baby pod tent is what we used, packed really small and looker really comfy too
Good luck HoraPosted 8 years agomugsys_m8Subscriber
2nd Valley daddy:
Car bed all the way. Otherwise theoretically you'll have to stop every 2 hrs due to the weight on their spine.
Done it several times Sheffield to Lyon and vice versa. No problems. And other similarly long journeys. AC would really help and sun blinds essential.Posted 8 years agoMister PMember
A baby on a plane is interesting. Ours was only 3 months old and she screamed her head off in Portugal when we were waiting for take off to come home. It was about 27 degrees on the plane which was far too hot for her. As soon as the air con came on she was fine. It was the accusing looks from the other passengers I liked 😆Posted 8 years ago
We took MasterG and MissG on a plane (to Sardinia) when they were about 3years and 18months old respectively. MasterG absolutely loved the take off – but asked to get off after 5 minutes. MissG was great – slept the whole way.
As for attempting a car journey to Germany with them (now aged 4 and 2.5)? Not without an overnight stop and plenty of breaks on the way.Posted 8 years ago
hora – Member
Me and flying really don't mix.
Let the pilot do it then? 😉
… seriously, that's a bummer. A couple friends of ours have the same problem. She has to basically tranquillise her husband to get him on a plane. They don't bother any more and go to Cornwall every year instead. 😐Posted 8 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
If you follow current guidelines* on length of time they should be in car seats then you shouldn't try it (recommendation is 2 hours max). Of course many people have done it without ill effects on their children, but it is all to do with keeping them laid flat as much as possible so spines develop properly.
*Not necessarily correctPosted 8 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Honestly Hora – you're going to have no idea what hits you in a few weeks time. And its not how you'll cope, its what spending hours upon hours stuck in a car seat will do for the little un. Its reccomended they don't spend more than 2 hours at a time in a car seat with a good rest inbetween so theoretically, its possible but in reality, it'll probably take you a week to get there and week to get back!Posted 8 years ago
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