Some babies naturally enjoy car rides. Their lucky parents can easily plop them in the car and take off on trips, run errands, and even use the ride for soothing. Some are not so lucky and have a rough time taking car trips with baby. While E typically enjoyed car rides as an infant, We once traveled for over an hour with NON STOP screaming! The entire trip will forever be etched in our memory as the worst car ride of our lives! Each extended car ride from that point forward has been carefully planned to be sure the wee one is well entertained. Take a look at our discoveries and what we learned:
I. Inspect Your Car Seat.
Beyond making sure your car seat is properly installed, you should also be sure your seat is comfortable for your baby. If your child frequently screams in their seat, regardless of the duration of the ride, your child might not be comfortable in their car seat. Several convertible car seats are safe to use with young infants and you may want to consider the switch.
II. Do you see what I see?
What does your little one see from their seat? Anything entertaining? Being alone with nothing to look at does not make for a good car ride. Try arranging mirrors so your child can see you and rotate any hanging toys that have been in your car for too long.
Car toys are often an after-thought when you begin roaming the toy isle of your favorite store. Setting aside a little bit of your budget for them will save your sanity! Look for remote control toys, such as, mirrors and shades that play music and have flashing lights.
Keep a toy bag behind the driver seat so the passenger in your car can access them easily. If you are driving solo, change the toys out after each rest stop or errand to prevent boredom.
IV. Follow Your Baby’s Schedule
Keeping your baby on schedule will help you to maintain once you arrive at your destination. Traveling at night or during your baby’s longest nap of the day will allow you to maintain your schedule and take advantage of a sleeping baby.
If you are nursing, without using any bottle for feeding, you should plan your rest stops during your regularly scheduled feeding times. Be sure to keep a WubbaNub handy. Even babies who have no desire for a pacifier will give them a shot in the car for a few moments if you are trying to prolong feeding.
Formula feeders may want to consider a ready to feed kit for their trip. These bottles require no warming and can be tossed, nipple and all, once you are done. This will reduce the amount of bottles that will need to be washed upon arrival at your destination.
V. When All Else Fails
When nothing else will work for your child, have one parent sit next to the child in the car. A few minutes of peek-a-boo and realizing they are not alone may sooth your little one better than any toy.
If you are traveling alone, you may need to stop more frequently. Plan for your trip to take twice as long as initially anticipated when factoring in your extra stops.
In what ways do you survive car trips with your baby?
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