Parenting tips to Make a better car trip with your baby
Here we go through a long trip of whole hours in the car
Parenting tips to make your trip
enjoyable with a sweet baby.Here we go on a long trip of whole hours in the car!
have a baby on board,
a car trip takes a good amount of planning and
But it can be done! and yes, it can even be awesome!
How should I plan
As you are
generally in quite a hurry to leave, it can be easy to let things happen,
instead of make things happen.Contemplating these questions, and coming
up with the right answers, can help make your trip more successful:
your baby sleep well in the car? If yes, plan your travel time to coincide with
a nap or bedtime so your baby can sleep through part of the journey. If not,
leave immediately after a nap or upon waking in the morning. Don’t cheat
yourself into thinking your baby will behave differently than usual in the car
just because it’s a special occasion.
necessary to make the trip all at once, or can you break it up with stops along
the way? The longer your baby is strapped in the carseat, the more likely he’ll
become restless. A good parenting tip.Planning a few breaks can keep everyone in a better mood.
estimating an arrival time, have you considered extra time for unplanned
surprises? A diaper explosion that requires a complete change of clothes or a
baby who is
inconsolable crying requires an unexpected 20-minute stop....these are just two of the
things that can easily happen.
How should I prepare my
plenty of time to get the car ready for your trip. If you are more than
two adults travelling, arrange for one person to sit in the backseat next
to the baby. If you are travelling alone with your little one, you’ll need to be
more creative in setting up the car, and you’ll
need to plan for more
frequent stops along the way.
Here are a
few tips for making the car a travelling entertainment center for your baby if
you are alone or accompanied:
Use ribbon or string to hang toys from the clothes hooks in the
back seat. Bring along an assortment of new toys that can be exchanged when you
stop the car for a rest. Just be sure to use small toys and keep them out of the
driver’s line of view.
brightly coloured pictures of toys on the back of the seat that your baby will
a bag containing a few of your baby's favourite toys, plus a couple of new ones. Possibilities include anything shiny,
babyproof mirrors, rattles, musical toys, soft animals, pop-up toys, plastic
keys or teething rings.
If you plan to have somebody sitting next to
your baby,the parenting tip is to provide that person with
a box of toys with which to entertain the little one. Distraction
works wonders to keep a baby happy in the car. One of the best activities for
long car rides is book reading.
Bring along snack foods appropriate for the age of
your baby.Also bring snack foods for
yourself and for older children in case your baby decides to sleep through scheduled
dinner stops and you decide to make time rather than stop and wake the baby up.
Always keep cold water in a Thermos and bring disposable
Bring books on
tape or quiet music for the adults for times when your baby is sleeping. The
voice on tape may help keep your baby relaxed, and it will be something you can
along a battery-operated nightlight or
flashlight, If you are travelling during
During the journey
are already on the road in the car it is important for you to...
When traveling with a baby, even the best-laid plans can be disrupted. Try to
stay relaxed, accept changes.
Stop when you need to. Trying
to push “just a little farther” with a crying baby in the car can be dangerous,
as you’re distracted and nervous. Take the time to stop and calm your baby.
Put safety first. Make sure that you keep your baby in his carseat. Many nursing
mothers breastfeed their babies during trips. This can be dangerous in a moving
car, even if you are both securely belted: You can’t foresee an accident.
Instead, pull over and give your baby the bottle while it’s still in its
carseat.That is if you don´t breastfeed your baby,
if not stop the car.
Remember: Never, ever leave
your baby alone in the car
not even for a minute.
You may be
so relieved that you overcame your trip that you sort of forgot the other one
ahead of you: the trip back home. You’ll need to organize the trip home as well
as you did the trip out. A few days in advance, make certain that all your
supplies are refilled and ready to go.
Think about the best time to leave, and plan
addition, think about what you learned on the trip to your destination that
might make the trip home even easier.