Preparing For Road Trips With Your Infant

Traveling with a young child can be difficult.  This is especially true when that child is under one year old.  Utilizing proper forethought and planning a long road trip with infants can have their issues minimized.  Of course, while this is a general guide, you know how your baby handles drives better than anyone else.  Therefore, it will be important for you to modify this list to suit you and your child’s needs.

Depending upon your vehicle, you have several built-in tools at your disposal.  While your infant is not big enough to enjoy the possibly built-in DVD player, that doesn’t mean that the radio cannot be a source of soothing.  Bringing music along that is either baby friendly, or your baby has positively responded to prior may be a method to soothe a fussy baby.  Also, find some toys that haven’t been used in a little while or get some new ones to provide a little extra play time during the trip.

Making sure that the environment inside of the vehicle is friendly for the baby can reduce some of the fussiness.   Having window shades to block out bright sunlight on both sides of the rear passenger windows will block bright light that could potentially blind your child.  Also, placing a mirror made to fit on the headrest of your child’s seat will allow you to see each other.  This can help alleviate some of the anxiety of both the infant and the parents.

Depending upon the age and progress of the infant, keeping a supply of food and drinks is essential for easy soothing.  Keeping a cooler so you can keep bottles, juices, and drinks for the parents cold is important so everything is easily accessible.  Bottle warmers that were made for automobiles are a great way to heat the bottle on the go when there is no place near to heat a bottle.

The most important step is to make sure that your infant’s car seat is properly installed.  It is recommended that you visit a professional to have them double check how secure you have placed the seat.  These checks are often offered for free at your local firehouse, police station, or dealers such as Chrysler of Culpeper.  Dealers are often a great source for these checks as they know the safety features of their vehicles.

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