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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Zero distance in someone’s lap. In an accident baby will become a missile and escape the grip... If the baby is in a properly installed, rated car seat then fine, otherwise how would many parents get ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

As mentioned, a baby should never travel in the car by anything but a child seat that is properly installed (preferably rear-facing). Do not take them out of the seat for any reason while driving: Not ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Travelling with newborns is not the safest option, but it can be done: Carrying the baby in your wife's (or anybody else's) lap should be avoided at all costs. If you e.g. brake just a bit harder ...
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Experience with travelling long hours in a car with a 10-week-old baby?

We did a 9 hour haul from Germany to Denmark with a 6 weeks old and a one year old. No issues or problems. A few things to consider Two adults makes this A LOT easier. You can take turns driving, ...
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Is a 6 hours in 1 day roadtrip too much for a toddler?

This might be highly dependent on the child itself. We've done a few really long drives (>8 hours) with ours, even before they were a year old, and never had a problem, so we usually don't even ...
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Moving across the country is it better to fly baby or drive?

Anecdotally, our experience of flying with a three month old infant (which we've tried twice; or one round-trip) has been very smooth. Yes, crowded airports may be a concern. We tried to find calm ...
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How do we convince parents that we can't all be there within one week of the holiday every year?

I don't fault your parents for wanting everyone to come visit. Once kids get older and move out it becomes harder and harder to get everyone together, to have one more moment together as a family. ...
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Does "Crying it Out" with a 9 month old make sense when in a hotel for a few days?

I think you're right in your concerns about confusing your baby. It's a good idea to wait until you get back from your trip to start sleep training unless you are going the "Extinction with parental ...
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CISV: should I trust?

I have been a part of CISV for over 15 years and involved with many programmes, unfortunately not interchange but I do know several people who have participated in interchange and found it very ...
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Experience with travelling long hours in a car with a 10-week-old baby?

As an experienced "road tripper", I believe an 8 hour driving day with a 10 week old will be very challenging, I would split that day into two days. With a child at that age I would be prepared to ...
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Is it a good idea to go on an overseas holiday with a 6 month old baby?

Babies are pretty adaptable, and lets face it largely blissfully unaware of anything beyond their immediate surroundings and physical needs as they exist in the moment. So will your baby get any ...
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What factors should I consider when deciding to let children fly unaccompanied?

First off check that it is possible, I know some airplanes have rules about minimum ages for unaccompanied minors, so you may want to check. Also, don't assume you can take them to and pick them up ...
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Flight travel during pregnancy

If your pregnancy is healthy (uterus size is on target with dates, no bleeding or placental abnormalities on ultrasound, a singleton pregnancy, etc), you should be fine until starting to get close to ...
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Is plane flight safe for a newborn?

@anongoodnurse's answer is great, but I want to add some things from personal observation: I have flown with a baby as young as 4 months, and it was not an issue. The younger the baby is the easier, ...
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Is plane flight safe for a newborn?

Please note that some airlines will not let you breastfeed on a flight, regardless of what is said when you purchase a ticket. For the first few weeks of a newborn's life, usually the baby's doctor ...
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CISV: should I trust?

(I am a CISV volunteer, but will be objective in my response) As mentioned by the others, CISV is a non-sectarian UNESCO partner non-profit organisation. I personally only joined as an adult ...
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Toddler's head falling back in car seat

Without seeing it's hard to say anything for sure, but based on how every car seat I have encountered is constructed I am inclined to ask whether your boy's belt straps are sufficiently tight. For ...
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Is a four hour long drive too much for a 9.5 month old?

We asked both our doctor and our midwife about this when our daughter was 3 months old for a 6 hour ride. They both told us we should regularly take her out to stretch but other than that, it should ...
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Homeschool during traveling

What a great opportunity for your family! Is it possible? Absolutely. Will it be easy or pleasant? Most likely, much of the time it will be an encumbrance. There are trade offs. At 5, a hoomschooled ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Definitely not ok in someone's lap. That is incredibly risky. Even in a proper car seat, if you can borrow or hire one, a journey of 6 hours may damage the baby's back. Make sure you take regular ...
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Is a 6 hours in 1 day roadtrip too much for a toddler?

If you make the drive once a month, how is the car ride for your child then? Could you make the same car ride alone with just your child? Given that you drive there regularly, I'd suggest to use one ...
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Preparing toddlers to sleep in a hotel room

We had the same worries about our kids. Turns out that most of it was unfounded. The exhaustion from the traveling, the new-situation effect, and the extra scrutiny from the parents being right ...
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Going hiking with an infant - how to prepare?

I took my 12 month old on a short (but uneven / rocky) hike near Tahoe last year. If I were to do any sort of hiking again, I would definitely recommend the following: Wearable Baby Carrier with some ...
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How can I assuage my pre-teen's fear of flying

Has she ever flown before (post-toddler years)? If not, then that's the first step: fly. I probably fell into the category she falls into for years; I flew only twice as a child that I can remember, ...
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What is the method to change a diaper without any tables or chairs?

Back in the day we had a changing bag that included a thin folding mat, and if necessary we just put that on the ground out of doors and worked there.
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When the length of a commute can be recognized as not acceptable for a kindergartner?

Geography has a lot to do with it - rural areas require longer commutes. Children in West Texas have 100+ mile commutes to school and so do many other children across the US. You cite Massachusetts ...
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Is a long car ride unhealthy for a newborn?

Am I being an overly anxious new parent or would I be justified in telling the new grandparents they need to come to us for the Holidays this year or just not see us this year? I'm a new dad to a ...
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Is a long car ride unhealthy for a newborn?

I have a new motto for you. "Does (baby) care?" Should I stay late at work so my boss likes me better? No. Because baby doesn't care. You now make every decision with this motto. What's easier? ...
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Car seats at the front

The AA says: Extreme hazard warning You must not use a rear-facing child seat on a passenger seat where an active passenger airbag is fitted. The child's head will be too close to the airbag and ...
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