You want to make sure that your baby, other passengers, and you stay safe and sane when traveling. Since your little one will be traveling in the back of your vehicle in an approved car seat for many years, you will need to have plenty of tips and tricks up your sleeve to ensure they are comfortable and content in the car. A happy baby is a quiet baby.
Let’s take a look at some valuable ideas that will help everyone in your car have an enjoyable trip when you have your baby on board.
Car window shades are well worth every cent you pay for them. One turn around a corner where the sun comes into the baby’s window can wake a sleeping baby or turn a happy baby into a fussy one. This, in turn, will be distracting to you.
A shade on the window nearest the baby is a must. A shade on the opposite window can prove to be beneficial as well.
Any age baby will appreciate having some toys along for the ride.
If you have a teething infant, you can keep a few teething toys cool in an ice chest. Should your baby become fussy, you simply pull over, when and where it’s safe, and give them a nice cold toy to chew on.
Make sure the toys you bring are soft. You never know when your little one might want to test out their throwing arm and toss their toy. Hard toys in a car can be dangerous.
If you have a toddler that is capable of taking toys out of a bag or basket, consider hanging one from the window or seat back in front of them if they can reach. Mesh or cloth bags work well and are safe.
Age appropriate snacks come in handy when on a drive with your baby. Make sure you pack snacks that are not messy. You don’t want to end up with gooey foodstuff on the baby’s seat or your car.
A portable DVD player and some of your baby’s favorite movies or shows are a great distraction, especially for toddlers.
Interact with Your Baby
You may not be able to see your child in the back seat, but you sure can hear each other. What’s more comforting than Mommy or Daddy’s voice? Talk to your baby, sing to them, have fun communicating while you drive.
Bring the Blankie
Does your child have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal? Do everyone a favor and don’t leave home without it.
Dress for Inside Temperatures
If it’s winter and you have your baby all bundled up to go from the house to the car, but will have the heat on while driving, be sure to unbundle when putting them in the car. The same goes for summer; if it’s hot out but you are going to have the air conditioning on in the car you may want to put a light sweater or blanket on the baby.
If you are going to be traveling for a while, you may want to take your child’s shoes off. Many little ones seem to prefer traveling without shoes on. This is proven by the number of children that kick their shoes off while in their car seats. Why not do them a favor and remove the shoes for them. It will also save you from having to look all around and under seats to find them when you need them again.
Wipes for All
Baby wipes are a must have when traveling with your baby on board. They will probably come in handy for you and other passengers too. Babies love to share their messes.
These are few tips that have proven to be helpful for many parents. Being prepared can make your car trip quite enjoyable.
Wishing you safe and happy travels!
- the Lil' Baby on Board team