Top Tips For Travelling With Your Baby.
Posted by: Sue Atkins
Think about seating arrangements
Plan around your child’s routine
Stop at regular intervals
Split driving and entertainment duties
Pack lots of snacks
Take Regular Pit stops
Prevent backseat meltdowns
Before you start out make sure your baby’s car seat is the right size and that it’s properly installed. Only 80 percent of child safety seats are installed correctly – so don’t take chances with your baby’s safety.
In the car, your baby should always ride in the back seat, in a rear-facing car seat – never in a front seat with (or without) a passenger air bag. If your car’s equipped with top and bottom anchors for your child’s safety seat, the middle of the car’s back seat is the safest place to install it.
Be prepared to keep your baby happy by packing all the food you might possibly need, an assortment of toys, books, and any other items your baby is attached to. Bring your baby’s favourite music or a CD of nursery rhymes particularly if you’re travelling alone.
Drive when it’s most likely that your baby will sleep for a most of the trip, if possible.
It’s a good idea to pack soft toys as anything in a car becomes a weapon during an accident because of the high speed of travel. So don’t give your baby heavy objects in car rides such as clunky toys or toys with sharp edges.
It’s a great idea to buy an additional rearview mirror that lets you see your baby in the back seat, so you can read their body signals and you can respond proactively to them easily.
Apart from plenty of nappies toys, and snacks, you should pack a first aid kit customised especially for a baby’s needs. Make sure that you include basic instruments and supplies. Ask your chemist or health visitor if you’re not sure. It’s also a good idea to pop a post – it note of your doctor’s phone number into the bag or into your phone.
Fill out an emergency sheet with your child’s health information or save it on your phone. Include the contact names and numbers of healthcare providers and a list of any allergies your child has or medications they take. That way, everything is in one place if you need it.
Bring a hat to shade your baby from the sun in warm weather or to keep them warm in cool weather.
Get removable shade screens for the car’s side windows to shield your baby’s eyes from the sun and keep your baby from getting too hot. Peel-and-stick shades are more secure, and therefore safer, than those that attach with suction cups.
Try to avoid feeding your baby in the car seat while you’re on the road. Babies can choke so easily even when they are sucking from a bottle or out of a cup. So it’s a good idea to pull over when your baby needs food or a drink.
Make sure you are relaxed, know where you are going, and take regular breaks, as your baby instinctively will pick up on any tension in the car and it quickly turns into baby stress and distress.
Enjoy your journey !