My family and I just got back last week from taking our first road trip with our 6-month-old (and my little niece who is 2 years old). We headed from Miami to Destin, Florida (about a 10 hour drive). As a new mom, I was really nervous about the drive. But luckily for us, our little man did amazing. He wasn’t fussy one bit and even slept like a baby for most of the drive.
With summer in full swing, will you be taking any road trips? If so, check out these tips that I picked up along the way to make your trip smooth sailing.
Pack the Day Before 1 of 6
It's easy to forget things when you're packing (especially if you're a new mom) so try to pack as much as you can the day before. One thing I find really helps is making a list and scratching things off as you go.
Get a Car with Plenty of Space! 2 of 6
One thing I learned quickly about traveling with an infant is that they require a lot of space. I mean, between his feeding chair and toys, there's no way we would have been able to fit all that in a regular car. If you don't have a big car, perhaps you can rent one or install a roof rack or hitch for the extra cargo. Luckily, this Cadillac Escalade was extra spacious and we were able to fit all 7 passengers and his stuff just fine.
Travel During Nap Times 3 of 6
Try to travel during nap times. This will help shorten up the trip for your little one. Also plan on making several stops so he can stretch out.
Split Up the Travel 4 of 6
One thing that really helped us was splitting up the travel time. Since Destin, Florida, is 10 hours away from Miami, we decided to travel 5 hours one day and 5 hours the next day. We picked a place halfway (Gainesville) and spent the night at a hotel. This gave our baby a chance to refresh, instead of trying to do the full 10 hour stretch.
photo: RocknRollr via Flickr
Have a Bag of Tricks 5 of 6
Take along a goody bag full of toys for the ride. These will be helpful to keep him entertained during the ride. Our little guy loves this felt cards. Just make sure you have easy access to it.
Plan your Feedings 6 of 6
Right now I'm currently giving my baby pumped breast milk, so for our road trip I planned out how many bottles he would need for the ride and kept them in an iced cooler inside the car. When it was time to feed, I simply warmed it up in a portable bottle warmer. If you are breastfeeding, make sure to plan rest stops and take a portable breast pump with you. I used my Medela pump (which uses batteries) to pump inside the car.
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