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Old 27th August 2014, 20:20   #46
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I don't leave my dog as he is a part of my family and he goes where we go.. He enjoyed his stay at Amet Haveli in udaipur last time we were on the road.
2 months is a time when the infant really needs a peaceful time, slowly developing bit by bit. Even us adults get irritated with the sun peering in even at full A/C. I really do not know if too much rocking is a good idea at 2 months. But 4 months is definitely better than 2 months, though in my opinion, 6 months is when the infant matures out to face more of the world and I found my baby too enjoying rides around that time.

If at all you have to travel this long, please leave the A/C in non-recirculating mode most of the time. A closed space-sharing with a dog is not a good idea considering the enormous known and unknown bacteria present on a dog, however pampered he/she is. Too much of vehicle pollutants is also not good when you are inside a city, so keep alternating between modes.

It is also risky, however well you know the road and drive on it, there are morons out on the road who could bump on to us. A small bump on to the car would not hurt us in any way, but imagine the shock wave the baby's delicate vertebra have to absorb. And what about brake downs including that of the A/C? Stranded in the middle of nowhere is such a risk. By the way, which car will you be using?

P.S: No, I'm not discouraging anyone, I just have a 1 year old and I could relate. And, I'm really finicky with the safety of babies ever since I have one. Please try tatkal booking on train and keep road as the last option. There are capable booking agents who can almost assure you seats.
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I'll be driving down in a Skoda rapid.
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I don't leave my dog as he is a part of my family and he goes where we go.. He enjoyed his stay at Amet Haveli in udaipur last time we were on the road.
Looks like you've got a travel friendly dog there, sorts out a lot of concern right away. Your car also seems to be relatively new, so shouldn't give you major trouble hopefully.

There will be some amount of stress in any mode of travel, be it a car or train or even a flight. Don't be too worried, babies only look fragile. In reality they are quite tough and can usually withstand journeys pretty well. We've been doing jeep safaris in the jungles with my daughter since she was 2 months.

Enjoy the drive!
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...my only concern is the baby and the section from Abohar to pathankot....
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.....But 2 months is simply too young.
Any baby not on solids is IMHO too young......
Rahul - Absolutely not to worry to travel with a 2-monther.
Parag and Amol have given the best advices. Simply follow them and you would be at peace with the drive.
I have driven about 400kms (up+down) when my kid was a 6 monther, and then recently when he is 1.2yrs.
Lot of difference in my experience.

Infants, untill 6 month or so are very peaceful.
They have their fixed pattern / routine. Sleep - Feed - Burp - Little Play - Sleep.
Most important is, their motor skills would not have developed, so they are mostly confined to someone's lap (not in a car) or a car seat (while travelling in a car).

Follow the infant's pattern and it would be fine.

I recently did a 220 (up+down) trip with my 1.2 yrs kid and it is turning out to be difficult.
- He slept for less time. At this age, kids get distracted very easily with little sounds of music, conversations, mobile ringtiones, etc.
- He gets unconfortable as soon as he poops, so I had to stop immediately when I smelled poop.
- He is slowly getting difficult with feeding (solids). Have to play with him while feeding (solids).
- He is now more active and doesn't like being confined in his car seat.

bblost - I think 2 months is a very peaceful age to travel for a kid. Get a car seat and keep feeding at regular intervals. That's about it (apart from diaper change, etc).

EDIT: Two things:
1. I travelled with my 24 day old son in a Train, 2AC, 1500Kms, 2 Days. Absolutely no problem.
2. I forgot that you are travelling with a dog. I have never owned a dog and wouldn't be able able to advise you on how to maintain it on a trip.

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Are you planning to cage the dog and secure it to the seat with a belt?
You may want to take precaution against allergy by your two month old due to dog hair.
Roll down the windows and take frequent breaks.
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Some very good advice here...

One point: for such a long trip, you may have to stop multiple times, even stay overnight once or twice. Please make sure you identify pet-friendly hotels. Most hotels in my experience do not allow pets and it will be disastrous for you to have to look for a hotel in the middle of the night with an infant in tow.
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Another question - how tall is your kid/will be at the time of travel? That really determines the extent of how safe the car seat really is.

We used a car seat for daksh since the day he was born, but he was frankly fairly tiny for the car seat- only at 3-4 months did he fill up his car seat well, as you can see in this 4.5 month photo here:



Almost every one of our relatives who saw the photo of a 1 day old Daksh in the car seat said, oh he's not safe in there, its too big for him.

Just a thought to ponder.
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Another question - how tall is your kid/will be at the time of travel? That really determines the extent of how safe the car seat really is.....
IMO, car seat is not safe for two month old baby (Experts, please correct). During my trips, I made a bed in rear seat for my baby with quilt and pillows and both mom and baby were seated in rear. She was comfortable throughout the journey and slept most of the time.
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IMO, car seat is not safe for two month old baby (Experts, please correct).
If you buy a specialized infant car seat (like my Maxi Cosy rear-facing only infant seat ("Child Seat" for Babies & Kids)) there will be a "newborn attachment" that you can use for the first couple of months. After that your child will outgrow the attachment so just take it out.

Even with the newborn attachment your baby's head may loll around a bit. In which case please use rolled up blankets to pad the space around the neck. Look up Youtube- there are some helpful videos there.

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During my trips, I made a bed in rear seat for my baby with quilt and pillows and both mom and baby were seated in rear. She was comfortable throughout the journey and slept most of the time.
Jugaad solution but completely useless in case of an accident. Certainly not advisable for an ultra-long drive as planned by OP.
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I did a round trip, overnighter with my boy when he was just under 2 months old.

1. Trip is going to take almost double the usual time, what with stoppages for fresh air, and slower driving traversing bumps that you would not have even seen when driving alone.
2. Car seats - Yes they're available for children this age, will be the carry-in curl-up types, with the baby facing rearwards, as he should be.
3. Sitting alone for such a duration upfront will get tiresome in a hurry, and mentally exhausting too, after accidentally hitting bumps, and asking "all ok back there?".
4. Car seat again. babies tend to be alright for shortish durations in them, but being so small, he may or may not start getting cranky, cos the back does start hurting. My little boy needed to be taken out every hour or so, just because he started crying.
5. The LONG distance you're planning. Mind you, the first trip I did with him was plain sailing, literally. Noida to Agra on the Eway. It still took me 5 hours end to end, very taxing, and this is WITHOUT bad roads, traffic, and associated miseries.
6. Car seat again. You will have to be feeling bone chilled for the baby to be comfortable. The padding and the platics, apart from the blankets, they need a lot of effort from the AC for the baby. Dont be surprised if you find his bottom and back sweating.

However, hope is in sight not too far along, if you can put it off till then. At 3 months, he went to neemrana, then last month, at about 5 months old, to Lansdowne, and became more angelic during each iteration.
So, if you can wait........

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My first trip with my son was when he was 3 months. Car seat was great because it let the mom take rest. One thing- car seat should be back facing obviously, but when you are driving up a slope, especially around hair pin bends when you might have to break and pull quickly , make sure your wife is holding the babys head. Otherwise the babys head tends to fall in front. Also never place the baby without the belts on.
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First of all travelling should be avoided if you are planning with a baby which is just 2 month old and its mother as it could lead serious problems for both Mother and kid in future. Baby has just come to earth a couple of months back please give him/her some time to get adjusted to the climate and environment. If you have already made the decision to go to Jammu from Pune then take some airways or train but not car. This is what gynacologist suggested me when I was planning to drive from Sagar to Bangalore with 3 month old baby. In my case the distance was only about 380 Kms, and you are speaking about 2000+ Kms. If you take my suggestion do not drive just think about the baby and take him/her in a flight or train.
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