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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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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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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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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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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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Is it okay to send 5 year old to grandparents in foreign country that don't speak her language for 2 months?

If a parent is going with her, yes it's fine. My own daughter traveled from China to Canada with me when she was three, and after a few days to get accustomed to everything she had a ball. [Edited] ...
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Is a long car ride unhealthy for a newborn?

First of all, most babies love to travel. They sleep well in a baby carseat (assuming you have a safe and comfy one). It is recommended not to have your baby in a car seat for more than two hours a ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Because of the cultural differences and subsequent (very strong) opinions about traveling without a car seat, As I warned you in a comment, you'll not receive an answer that states it's safe. Knowing ...
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Is a 6 hours in 1 day roadtrip too much for a toddler?

If you want to make such a trip I would try to use 'sleep' as the main occupation for your toddler. Being awake and active for 2 or 3 hours while being restricted to a car is very boring for a toddler ...
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Toddler's head falling back in car seat

The first thing to check is if the seat straps are truly tight. Obviously, you don't want to totally squash him in there; however, if your whole hand fits between his body and the straps, they need to ...
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Will a road trip (travel) make an infant weaker and more prone to illness?

This is from a recent experience, not a pediatrician advice. I have a 8.5 month old daughter, underweight. She had a slight cold at the time but she's usually pretty though (my wife caught a minor ...
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How to deal with a pre-travel conflict with my mother about overpacking?

In short, grow up, act like an adult and face the concequenses or let your mother dictate your traveling habits as long as you travel with her. You have two basic options, take what you want and no ...
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At what age will a child understand a map?

There's no clear age for this, each child is different. 2 or 3 year olds may understand a basic route map but to understand a detailed map, they would have to be older. At your son's age, he may not ...
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How do I get my parents to let me vacation by myself?

I had to have this same talk with my daughter not too long ago,, otherwise I'd be suggesting that this belongs in interpersonal SE. Even though, the question was posed by an adult child, it is a ...
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How to take a vacation from kids when it's not possible to actually leave them?

You have my sympathy. Both parenting and working on your research/degree is stressful; doing both while under time-pressure and in your situation sounds incredibly difficult. I'm not sure it's a help, ...
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Homeschool during traveling

This isn't a full answer, but it doesn't fit into a comment. I remember reading a book called "Moi, Jacob, 13 ans, globetrotter" telling about a family travelling the world, and I've watched a few ...
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