TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH A BABY BY CAR
Travelling with a baby is hard, but NOT so hard.
Travelling on holiday by road, make sure your baby is safe and secure in a properly-installed car seat. Article in BUSINESSTECH "Getting your child’s car seat just right for their age and height - 9 March 2021" is worth reading regarding your child's car seat.
You’ll have to make more stops now that you travel with a baby. These stops must be included in your route planning. Spend some time finding a route that has plenty of rest stops and roadside attractions.
Remember that babies and toddlers don’t have the patience that you do (or that you might hope!). With this in mind, don’t expect to drive straight to your destination without stopping…multiple times (changing nappies, feeding your baby, make your baby comfortable again, etc.)
Babies tend to spend car rides asleep in their car seats. (But keep a close eye on your backseat passenger).
If you are traveling with another adult, then it helps if one parent/adult can ride in the backseat for at least a portion of the trip.
If your little one is still nursing, then you’ll need to schedule stops for mealtime, because babies need to be safely buckled in their car seats, at all times, during your journey. Read more about "car seats saves lives" in the following article by BabyYumYum: https://babyyumyum.co.za/car-seats-save-lives/
The following strategies may help solve your car seat crying dilemma: Article by: Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care
More tips for the road
Always keep supplies nearby so that you do not need to dig through your weekend suitcase for nappies or clean clothes. A bag within easy reach so you don’t have to unbuckle your seat belt to retrieve any critical items (refill items in this bag at your next stop).
- A changing pad/blanket with a few diapers.
- A packet of wipes.
- Pre-portioned bottles of formula or breast milk in a small cooler bag.
- Two or three small but versatile toys.
- Infant medicine.
- A baby thermometer.
- Extra sets of clothes.
NOT SURE WHICH CAR SEAT TO BUY FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Read more about everything you need to know when buying a car seat for your child: