Hey there mums! We know how hectic the past two years have been due to lock-down and pregnancy, and tons of restrictions. Despite all the odds, you stood up firm and went through it all with that courage. However, time flies, and here we are again, all set to travel and explore new places. So now, if you are planning your first road trip with your baby, then it can be a bit arduous if you don't plan appropriately.
First things first, there's no specific strategy to travel with a baby. All you can do is plan perfectly but be ready for anything that comes through. So, to add ease in your schedule, we've enlisted a few things you can consider before planning the first road trip with your baby.
Things to consider before planning your first road trip with your infant
Plan a short trip
As it is the very first road trip for your little one, ensure to consider a short trip instead of driving too far because it can be tiresome for you and your kid. Therefore, decide a destination that isn't too far, check how many hours it requires reaching there, and plan accordingly. Keep the GPS on to avoid wrong or long routes. It is vital to take breaks so that you and your baby both get some air, stretch and relaxation.
Wisely choose the departure time
The infant age group is from 0-1 year. Hence, if you've figured out your baby's sleep cycle as per their age, it is recommended to plan your leaving time according to their sleep cycle. Plan to leave when the baby is sleeping so that you can get more time for peaceful driving. Create a dark and cozy environment in the car as it helps to keep the baby asleep. Pick the right time to leave, and you've already reached half away!
It is a well-known fact that babies literally require everything, no matter if you're traveling or at home. A baby's checklist comprises unending essentials, including their diapers, food, water, toys, clothes, travel crib, wet wipes, feeding bottles, baby wash, baby lotion, diaper cream, first-aid kit, and a lot more. Make sure not to over pack or miss out on your infant's essentials. Plan and pack strategically, and double-check before you depart.
Organizing stuff before kick-starting a road trip with a baby helps maintain your sanity. It cuts off a lot of clutter and chaos if you pack your stuff before 24 hours of leaving and place them in your car. Smartly organize the bags by placing baby's stuff at arm's reach and other bags at the backside as per your requirement. Organize the bags aptly so that there can be some free space in the car and you don't have to go and forth to search for everything.
Keep the baby entertained
Babies aren't habitual of car or road trips as we are, so it can be a task to keep them going throughout the journey. Babies become active and all charged up after their nap, and all they need is entertainment. Therefore, carry age-appropriate toys for your munchkin to play with, create a playlist of songs so you and your baby can enjoy the music with beautiful scenarios on your way. The motive is to keep the kid entertained before they become fussy.
Try not to miss their routine
We aren't supposed to miss or mess up our infant's routine in any corner of the world. It is completely fine to make your car home for the day because you will have to make your baby eat, sleep, play, poop and repeat all in the car. In case if there's any change in their routine, then it can be tough to handle them.
The first road trip with your baby can be a roller coaster ride and a pleasant experience altogether. Hence, you need to have patience and gear up for everything and anything that comes your way.
Wish traveling with the baby could be as easy as shown in those images but hold on mums, because you'll do it anyway.