- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
How soon can we travel with our newborn?
Wait until your baby is two months old before flying, advises Dr. Paul Horowitz, MD, a pediatrician in Portland, Oregon. By then, your baby's immune system will be developed enough to deal with germs in the plane's re-circulated air.
If you're traveling by car, you get the green light. "Lengthy car rides are fine for a newborn as long as everyone else in the car is well," says Dr. Horowitz. Plan to make stops every 30 to 60 minutes to check on your baby.