It’s your child’s first outing and I’m certain you would prefer not to recollect it as an awful memory. Every memory children have in their childhood influences them in all aspects and enhances them mentally, emotionally and personally.
Acquainting kids with things for the first time is a new experience for both the parents and the baby. Traveling with your tiny toddlers can be truly hard and in the meantime it can be fun as well.
What’s more, everything relies upon them. This might be your first and a new experience, which makes you prone to making mistakes regarding this. In any case, we as parents must assure them a comfortable and enjoyable first trip.
Here is a quick guide on the most proficient method to do it:
Let’s start with packing
I’m sure; every one of us has done this before as well however it was distinctive then. We could have managed passing up a thing or two yet with children, that too on their first road trip, it is no alternative by any means.
In this way, take sufficient time to do the packing. Missing out anything important might irritate the baby and it would ultimately spoil your trip.
So, carefully make a list of all the things that are extremely essential and keep them handy. You may pack tandem strollers; garments and other things of less need however keep sorts of stuff like bottles, toys, pacifiers, Sippy glasses, snacks, and nappies and so forth convenient as you may require them at any time all through your journey.
Prepare your car well
For your trip with ‘Baby On Board’, you will likewise need to prepare your car appropriately. You will require good window screens or sunshades as your younger ones would not be familiar with the intemperate daylight and they might start yelling.
You might also consider accommodating an enormous box loaded with new toys to keep your infant occupied. Keep a bottle warmer and cooler as you may need them as well. If you are travelling at night, make sure that there is sufficient lighting inside the car to help your kid tackle the fear of darkness.
Also try different tricks and ideas to indulge your baby in a good mood. You should keep snacks for yourself convenient too as you may feel hungry as well and ceasing when your child is resting may not be a smart thought. Do not overload your car with unnecessary stuff, it may make your baby feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable and then you may have a hard time dealing with it as you can not, by any means, unload it in a mid way.
During your first road trip with baby
Despite the fact that you may require beginning your travel at any time of the day, yet it is best if it is the time when your baby is sleeping. While you are travelling it is constantly prescribed to take a break after every one and a half to two hours.
It is great if you are travelling as a couple, for one may drive and other may keep an eye on the baby, sitting at the back seat. Avoid travelling solo on your baby’s first road trip; it is better if you ask one of your friends to accompany you.
Also make sure, the friend you choose to accompany you has enough patience and love to deal with kids. You may also consider hiring a babysitter who can efficiently take care of your baby’s needs throughout your journey.
If you fail to arrange one then you may make arrangements like pointing the rear view at the baby so that you can keep a check on his/her activity without having your back turned.
Do take breaks
I am again underscoring on the fact that you should take a couple of breaks when you are travelling with the baby. Never ever leave your baby alone in the car.
Take your baby out of the car amid that break, allow some allow some movement for the baby this will keep their mood fresh. You may likewise take some time to stretch and unwind a bit.
Unquestionably, you would be diverted by your crying child, don’t set out to drag your car any further in a jiffy as it is extremely dangerous. Your child is new to travelling and it is totally ordinary for them to shout out a ton. End by and make them agreeable. Halt by and make them comfortable.
It is okay even if you are delayed by a couple of hours. When with baby, you should be flexible to alter your plans according to them.
Way back home
Congratulations! You overcame one hurdle, but the journey doesn’t end here. The other part of the journey is still left and luckily, you are not that new to it. You know it this time all the things you should do and the things you should avoid doing.
Your kid would already be tired after an enjoyable road trip. Hence, they would be sleeping almost the whole time during the return journey. Make sure you provide enough comfort so they can have a sound sleep.
Stock all the things that are necessary during the journey. You may consider avoiding loud music inside the car as that might distort the sleep of the baby, but you can consider playing some soft-music or any baby-friendly playlist.
Make sure you have everything at your fingertips. Abide by all the measures you took last time. And this time you can relax a bit and enjoy your journey.
These tips are efficient and effective for anyone who wants to travel with their kids. Keeping these tips in mind, will not only help you in your first road trip with them but for the subsequent road trips too.
I hope all these tips came to you as a great help. Being a parent, takes a lot of responsibilities and commitments towards your kids. Kids add fun to your journey, just makes sure you add comfort to theirs.
Nancy Shaw is the founder of HiFiveBaby where she writes about common problems encountered by parents and how to deal with them, motherhood in general and FAQs about babies, toddlers and kids. She provides scientific and medical basis and also her personal experience as a mom to a wonderful toddler. Now you can explore the joy of parenthood with ease! You can also find her on Twitter.