Baby Road Trip
May 4, 2006 10:40 AM Subscribe
I'm driving across the US with my 3-month-old baby. Am I nuts?
posted by libraryhead to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hubby, baby, and I live in California, and hubby just got a great job offer, so we're moving back home to New England. The company is moving our stuff, and we have time (3 weeks) for a nice leisurely road trip. We're visiting family along the way and want to do some camping and light hiking in national parks. Under normal circumstances, all this would be no problem, but, did I mention, 3-month-old baby? And, my husband doesn't drive (he's partially blind), so I'll be behind the wheel the whole way.
We're breastfeeding, so we'll have to stop every 2-3 hours at minimum. The baby's not on a regular napping or feeding schedule yet, so I figure we'll have to keep it loose and just roll with the punches. But I'm worried about her spending so much time in her carseat. Will she be bored to tears back there? How much stimulation does a 3-month-old really need?
How about camping? She co-sleeps in our bed part of the time, so I figure we can just tuck her in our zipped-together sleeping bags to keep warm. What am I not thinking of? Aside from the usual diaper bag paraphanalia, what do we need to bring? How can we make sure this is a great adventure rather than a disaster in the making?
Finally, recommendations of the best places to hike and camp in Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/South Dakota/Minnesota/Eastern Canada are welcome!