Just three weeks ago we took our first mini-vacay as a family of seven to Busch Gardens. This was Grayson’s first overnight stay away from home which included a 4 hour drive and bathroom breaks along the way. He usually always does pretty well in the car but sometimes, he is NOT a fan. He easily gets very overheated and is always hotter in a car. Grayson also doesn’t like looking at the back of the seat and because he still is a rear-facer, he doesn’t like being able to see everything that is going on. That said, I was nervous to see how our long road trip was going to be. Especially with a mini-van packed liked sardines. Literally.
Being prepared is always the best way to go when traveling with baby. Try not to worry about the “what ifs” by preparing for them with a few easy tips for a stress-free car trip with baby that I’ve learned over the years.
Stress-Free Car Trip? Yes, Please! 1 of 9
Click-through 8 tips to have a stress-free car trip with baby in no time!
Keep Things Close 2 of 9
Make sure you keep all of the essentials close within reach. The extra clothes for baby in case you have a diaper explosion or throw-up debacle, diapers, wipes, blankets - everything you may need during the car ride. Don't pack it in the trunk!
Pre-Make Bottles 3 of 9
I formula fed so I made sure I pre-make all of the bottles and prepared the baby food that I would need for a trip. I made sure to have enough formula as well since it's a special type of formula, I didn't want to risk the chance of not being able to find it out of state. Make sure you have your bibs, baby spoons and everything you would need for feeding in one place so you can easily grab it to feed baby. Don't forget the bottle brush! Most hotels don't have a dishwasher for the bottles.
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Easy-On, Easy-Off 4 of 9
Make sure you dress baby is something you can easily take on and off when traveling. For example a one-piece romper for easy-on, easy-off pajamas.
My favorite one-piece romper from Tea Collection you can buy for $22.50
Pack Extra Diapers 5 of 9
While you can pretty much find a place to buy diapers anywhere, why waste time looking for the next stop. Pack extra! There is no such things as too many diapers or over packing when it comes to diapers and wipes. I just grab my regular drawers they are organized in and place them in the middle console area of our car.
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Ways to Save Time 6 of 9
If baby isn't the only one traveling and you have other siblings who are able to use a portable small potty, bring it. During our road trip having our portable potty from home truly saved us so much time for our recently potty trained 3 year old. This will help with wait times and the hussle inside rest stops. While one is changing the baby's diaper the other one can help younger siblings on the potty.
Download A Bathroom App 7 of 9
There's an app for that! I just learned that you can download a bathroom app to stray away from those gross truck stop bathrooms where you want to hurl from the smell. Stay away from germs by downloading quite a few cellphone apps so you can track where clean bathrooms and finding the nice family-style changing areas. Don't forget the changing pad!
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Pack Snacks 8 of 9
If you are breastfeeding, pack snacks for you and tons of liquid. You don't want to get dehydrated during your car ride especially if it's a long trip.
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Portable Crib 9 of 9
While some day pack light and don't bring heavy items, I am the opposite! Here's why. Bringing a portable crib will save you time when you check-in to the hotel late at night. Or if you decided to stop mid-trip over night along the way. Besides, hotel cribs are far from germ free.
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