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Traveling Tips with Your New Baby on Board

Traveling Tips with Your New Baby on Board

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.

Window Shades

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.

DVD Player

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.

Shoes Off

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


Oct 24, 2016 • Posted by Cheyenne H.

These tips are the best I have read thus far. I am a new mommy and other than putting a baby on board sticker on my car and using a car seat, I was clueless. I would not have thought to take his shoes off or bring a blanket. I tried the blanket today and he normally fusses in the car and didn’t make a peep! Going to share this on my Facebook wall. Thanks a lot!

Oct 22, 2016 • Posted by Chloe

I found that always having snacks is a great thing! I keep simple snacks and even chilled snacks when i know I have to be running around. I will bring a small cooler with cold teethers and fruit bits. It has been a life saver! Great tips and advice though none the less.

Oct 20, 2016 • Posted by Vanessa Greenwood

I loved this list! I do a lot of what is on it now but I will be fine tuning it. I never though to take the shoes off but since my girl’s feet aren’t on the ground, why not!? I did notice that once I put my car sticker, the baby on board one, on my car… I worry less. People tend to drive more cautiously when they see it. The hospital gave me a large brightly colored one. Now that I am more relaxed and I can interact with her without worry.

Oct 18, 2016 • Posted by Stan

I recently had a device installed in my car that allows my baby to see who is in the front seat and for us to be able to see him. It works like a charm and he loves it! We can always still watch him and have him watch a movie or something. Wonderful advice though I am going to e-mail this to my wife so she can read it in the morning.

Oct 16, 2016 • Posted by Debbie

I never thought much on this other then slapping on a baby on board car sticker! LOL I know there is way more to it than this now. Mine baby girl is 6 months old and she is so fussy in the car but I have to drive her around a lot to get her to sleep. I will definitely be keeping more in the car for her. I still got the new mom jitters here!

Oct 14, 2016 • Posted by Jasmine Peters

No one ever tells you about the wipes! I am so glad to see you posted it! With my first child, I was always digging around for napkins, klenex, you name it! Just to wipe up messes! I kept the diaper bag in the back so I couldn’t dig in the bag while on the go. I finally thought to just keep a thing of wipes under the front passenger seat and it is SO WORTH IT!

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