Road trips can be stressful for parents and babies. For an experience that’s fun for everyone, take this advice before hitting the road:
1. Keep the baby comfortable. Long road trips can be hard for adults, so it’s extra important to make sure that little ones are comfortable for the ride. Make sure they are strapped into car seats correctly – always in the back seat – and protect them from sun and heat by using window shades.
2. Pack for the expected and unexpected. You’ll need your usual diaper bag staples, like diapers, baby wipes, etc., but you should also pack snacks, extra clothes, anything that helps the baby sleep better (a special blanket, toys) and a trash bag for garbage and dirty diapers. You’ll also want to bring a first aid kit for emergencies.
3. Prep the car. Having your car travel ready is important for everyone’s safety. There is nothing scarier than having a flat tire or break down in the middle of the night with your child in the car. Have the tires checked, fill the tank with gas and change oil if necessary.
4. Bring entertainment. A happy baby means a happy road trip! To avoid a baby meltdown, pack favorite toys, books and games to keep her entertained. The trick? Only bring out one toy at a time. Children get bored quickly and you don’t want to be caught without anything.
5. Plan your breaks and rest stops. Traveling with a baby means you’ll have to stop more often than you would normally. Try scheduling breaks around the baby’s feeding times. These breaks will be good for time out of the car seat and for adults to stretch their legs.