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Car travel can be hard on everyone, and long car rides with a baby can be even harder. It’s difficult to sit for hours as an adult, so for a baby strapped into a car seat, it must feel like punishment. When you first start taking trips with your baby, it might seem stressful, but here are four tips to help keep everyone comfortable and happy.
You know your baby best, so you know what’s going to keep them entertained. Some children find music relaxing, while others need toys with lots of noise and movement. Familiarity is important, so a long car ride isn’t the time to try out a new toy or a new kind of game. What works at home will often work on the road. Bring along toys for playing, and comfort toys to keep your infant calm.
As mentioned earlier, car seats can make a child feel very cramped, so stop frequently to prevent your baby from getting too anxious. If your child is under two years old, they should still be in a rear-facing car seat, which means they’ll probably see very little and lose interest in their surroundings quickly. One way to keep them stimulated is to get out of the car and walk around as much as possible. More stops means a longer car ride, but it also means time in the car is spent more comfortably.
For some babies, happiness is just not possible if they’re alone in the backseat. If you’re travelling with another adult or an older child, having someone sit in the backseat with your baby can make for an easier car ride. This way, your child’s mood can be monitored, and they can be entertained whenever necessary.
If a car seat is constricting, imagine riding in a car seat with clothing that bunches or causes overheating. Comfortable clothing is just one more step in keeping your baby happy. It’s also important to bring a couple clothing changes. Accidents can always happen and sitting for hours in soiled clothing isn’t fun for anybody. Along with clothing, you can keep your baby comfortable by simply being prepared. Bring lots of fresh diapers, wipes, and milk (if you’re not breastfeeding along the way). Remember that your baby just wants to be comfortable. Bring along their favourite toys, and be prepared for accidents to happen. A car ride can be confusing and scary for a baby, so keep things familiar. Have a great trip!
Thomas is an author of the blog Hertz voiture occasion