Once you have welcomed your little bundle of joy, there are millions of things that you need to take care of. From preparing the formula for the feeding, changing diapers, to being constantly present for your baby's needs. Anyhow, taking care of a baby or a toddler is a non-stop job that requires your full attention and special care, especially if you are planning to take a road trip. However, a road trip doesn't have to be a nightmare, on the contrary, if planed thoroughly, it can be fun and exciting. Here are the main things you need to prepare in advance to have a great trip with your little bundle.
Wherever you decide to go, you would need to feed your baby, obviously. If you are breastfeeding or feeding your baby on the bottle, this action requires patience and diligence. If you are breastfeeding you won’t need to stop every time your baby gets hungry or tired, but a mum only needs to sit at the backseat and breastfeed. However, if you are on a highway then you had better not do that because you might get finned. Some highway regulations don't allow you to pick your toddler up from a moving car due to traffic and motion. Then stop at next gas station or car park. If you are bottle-feeding the baby, this is also a better option, because it is more comfortable and, above all, safer.
Once you have selected your traveling destination, you had better start packing the bag for your little one. You would need to have one bag always by your side in the car. You should put all the necessary things your baby will use. That includes diapers, wet wipes, a rash cream, a bottle of water, extra clothes, a pacifier, and of course some toys. Make sure that you also pack burping cloths, cloth diapers, a suncream, and a few bibs. You need to have all those things for "just in case" situation. If you are going on a long trip, and you know that you will be traveling at night, then you should also pack an extra blanket as well.
Before you head of to your long-awaited road trip, safety must be your top priority. Having a comfortable and quality car seat is a must. It is also vital to purchase an infant car seat that is designed to fit your child’s age and size, and then place it correctly. Once you have installed the car seat properly according to the manual, you can continue with other things. Inspect your car thoroughly. Check the tire and water pressure, change the oil if needed, make sure that the car is insured, and fill up the tank with gas.
Even if your baby and toddler don't require many things, mainly your care and attention, you still have to bear in mind that you will be far from your home so you had better pack some medical items. It is always better safe than sorry. So, there are a few essentials that you should always have by your side on the road trip. Pack band-aids for those inevitable scratched knees, a baby forehead or an ear thermometer, infant Tylenol or ibuprofen, a nose spray, and scissors. You never know what kind of situation would you get entangled, so packing a few medical essentials is a vital thing to do.
Going on a road trip should be a fun and lively thing to do with your kid. Sometimes it can get boring or nerve-wracking because toddlers can get nervous and agitated rather fast if something is not as they wish. In order to avoid a fussy infant situation, there are a few things to do. Firstly, bring some toys for play, or get in the backseat and play with your child. If you have an infant, you can play peek-a-boo, or try simulating the baby with toys, they will be sleeping much better later on. If you have a toddler, then you can play various roadtrip games, like "Guess the color" or some counting game or simply play music and sing. You can also bring a portable DVD player for your toddler to watch his/her favorite cartoons.
Going on a long road trip might be a peace a cake for you, but your child might not be able to go 4 hours without going to the bathroom. If you have an infant, then you can change the wet diaper along the way, but for a toddler that might be a problem. That is why you should take frequent bathroom breaks. Not only for that, but you will need to stretch your legs, breath in fresh air, change sweaty clothes, and just do something different.
A family road trip should be a fun experience. Whether with your baby or toddler, if you follow these tips you will have an unforgettable journey together.