Hi guys! welcome to the blog! I know this blog post is a tad bit late- reason being I was in NYC yesterday. We've taken a few trips since parenthood and thought I'd share our tips for road tripping with a baby. Tons of lessons learned from trial and error as well.
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1. Learn more about your destination
If you are not familiar with the area e.g search for available stores, family friendly restaurants etc.
2. Check your route, length of travel, and of course the weather at the time of your departure.
3. Be realistic, give yourself ample time of travel
Traveling with a baby is quite tricky so depending on how long the trip is, give yourself a few more extra hours on top of the travel time. e.g if it takes 4hrs to drive from Boston to NYC, give yourself an extra 30 minutes worth of stops to feed and/or change diapers( traffic aside)
4. If you are traveling more than 1hr, I'd suggest there are two people in the car, babies get bored so easily and with two people, one person can sit in the back and feed, entertain the baby etc. and the driver can put their full attention on the road.
5. Make the car environment relaxing for baby
Bring window shades to help block sun from baby's face, bring lots of toys, baby's favorite CD's, a cooler for milk, yogurt and other foods, milk warmer/warm water in a flask, rear baby mirror if traveling alone or if your husband/wife wants to see the baby and books to read to your baby.
6. Prepare your car
How you prepare your car will determine your stress level on your trip. Under prepare and expect a whole lot of stress, the contrary in the other hand isn't too bad ;) lol Tape toys or bright colored drawings/toys around your baby-this helps prevent boredom.
7. Car checklist
8. Be flexible when traveling with a baby. You can lay your plans but they might not go that way. Always keep this in mind. Events such as poop explosion happen so prepare!
9. Stop/ Take breaks when you need to- especially if you are traveling alone with the baby. Babies get easily bored and can get really fussy. To avoid distractions from focusing on the road, travel with some else with you to help. It's only safe.
10. Put safety first! Get your car serviced, use appropriate and sturdy car seats, stroller and baby carriers etc.
11. Carry extra supplies- diapers, wipes, clothes.
12. Always carry warm clothes and blankets! Even in the summer- You just never know.
13. NEVER EVER leave your baby alone in the car. NEVER EVER!
14. Lock up your car at stops...even gas stations
15. DO NOT pick up hitch-hikers!
16. DO NOT over speed
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