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If you are not ready to take a plane, no worries. I’m sharing my experience of road trip essentials for kids under one. Especially the Coronavirus going around, but you have to do what you have to do. Being a mom to a winter baby has so many challenges, especially since I live in the northeast. You can also use these tips for long road trips.
The winters can be something else. So learning how to layer, keep him bundled, and move quickly in and out of the cold has become a new sport to me. I’m not overly anxious, but I try to make sure that our son is comfortable. He is very vocal and lets you know what it is and what it isn’t.
Even when it comes to putting him in the car seat, I try to make sure I can dress him based on the weather and if it will fit within the newborn insert. Until you go to the doctor’s appointment, you really can’t gauge how big or how much your baby weighs.
These tips for long road trips over four hours are extremely important. You are basing it on if they can fit in the car seat the way it is or if you have to take them out of the newborn insert. Here are some tips I’ve used when traveling with a newborn.
This post is about road trip essentials for kids under one.
Tips for long road trips
Always Dress the Baby in Layers
Dressing babies in layers, especially in the winter, is the best thing to help with stress, and you can better regulate the baby’s temperature by adding or taking away clothes. If the baby is in-between appointments and you’re not sure about weight dressing him doing, the following method helps. I currently do this since our car seat has a max weight of 11lbs for the infant insert:
- Button-down shirt
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Feed The Baby Before You Leave
If you are taking any trip, ALWAYS feed your baby before you leave so that while you are traveling, they are full and will most likely be sleeping. Now I want to preference this by saying that I have only gone with my son by car, but I’m sure it will work for trains and planes as well.
Also, every time we rest at a rest stop, we would feed the baby. By doing so, it lets us know when he fed last and keeps us on a semi-regular schedule for feedings, and keeps the hoopin’ and hollerin’ (crying) down.
You also want to make sure that you have enough diapers for road trips. Make sure to check that before leaving so that you can plan ahead. Feedings and diapers should be the top priority when traveling with small children.
Have a Person With the Baby in the Back
I know sometimes it’s hard, but if you can have a parent, relative, or someone you are traveling with being near the baby, that helps as well. Babies are always learning and want to look at everything and feel secure, and since everything is new to them, they can get nervous and scared, so if you’re going to keep them calm, cool, and collected, being near them is the best.
My husband and I won’t be traveling with our son by air for a while. Regarding the train, he will be a little older before doing that, so, for now, the car works for us and allows us control of what we need to make sure our trips with him are smooth sailing. What are some other tips for traveling with a newborn/infant?
Let us know in the comment section below so that we can share tips. Don’t worry, Crew, we’ll get through this because, with this thing called parenthood, we are in this, together! XOXO – April