How to Travel with a Baby by Road and Make it Fun and Easy!
Want to go on a road trip with your little baby? Why not!
A lot of new parents are hesitant about being cooped up inside a car with a baby for a long time. It is surely intimidating to imagine an unhappy, crying baby while on the road.
But it really doesn’t have to be that way at all. With the right preparations, a road trip with baby is doable and can even be super fun!
Planning Ahead Goes a Long Way
There’s really no question about how important planning trips in advance is.
So right from preparing a list of stuff you’ll need, to what to pack and getting your shopping done in good time, organizing yourself beforehand will be your best ally.
Important Stuff Should be Kept Out of the Trunk
This is a smart tip from a family that went out on a road trip with a toddler. Keep things that you will need more regularly accessible in the car and not stashed in the trunk. Think nappies, milk formula, snacks, favorite toy and a change of clothes even.
Pack Fun for Yourself Too
Don’t leave without your music! Baby tunes included naturally. Even if you spend a good part of the journey singing along to “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, it’ll often be a welcome distraction and will make for some good memories
Consider Breaking down the Travel Time
Probably one of the best tricks that too many parents often overlook when planning their road trip is getting the travel time broken down instead of stretched out for a long time.
Getting to your destination as fast as you can means having your baby spend more time strapped and cooped up in the car seat. A happier infant though will be one that has had opportunity to get out, get some fresh air, have a comfortable nappy change and a relaxed feed before carrying on with the rest of the journey.
Also, knowing a trick or two on how to deal with a fussy baby at the backseat will help too
Think Safety Always
Always make sure that baby is in the car seat and properly strapped. If you ever need to feed her, pull over. Never make the mistake of feeding her in the backseat while the vehicle is moving. You are only putting yourself in the danger of slamming into your baby if the car stops abruptly.
Also, stop whenever you need to. If you have a crying baby with you being distracted behind the wheel, stop and take the time to calm him down.
Now, to make sure that you have all grounds covered, here is a checklist for you.
Truth is, travelling with a baby might seem like a challenge till you discover how hardy the little creatures are and what fun it can be making special memories with them.