5 Tips for Road tripping with Babies
*This post contains affiliate links, however, the raving opinions of our car seat are all my own. *I decided to update this post and bring it out of the archives to benefit any summer trips planned this year. Enjoy!
Hello from Alabama! I have to apologize in advance if I'm slightly more absent from blogging this week. We've got a fun and full vacation ahead of us. This is the view from our condo:
I wanted to tell you about how the trip down went, because it was outrageous. You're going to think we're crazy, but we decided to drive the fourteen hours to get here....with a one year old! I bet you're thinking we probably had a miserable ride. Well, you're wrong. Jordan was absolutely perfect.
Here are my 5 tips for road tripping with babies:
1. Have a good Car Seat
A few months ago we bought an Evenflo Symphony LX Car Seat through Amazon using the credit from trading in our text books (this is an awesome program if you have old textbooks).
If you've ever tried to buy a car seat before, you'll know that there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on which is the best. We did our research mostly through the Baby Bargains book as it gives an unbiased and parent guided assessment of the products. The key features of this one are ease of installation (you just click in the two side straps), the versatility as it grows and changes to suit your babies growth, and cup holders :) We are very pleased with it, especially after giving it a fourteen hour test run. The straps are extremely easy to adjust and clip to get him in and out of it and Jordan was definitely comfortable enough to sleep the majority of the ride. I will say, that while installation was easy, it takes a lot of muscle to pull the strap tight enough. That's my only complaint, though. The quality of this chair is so worth it.
2. Drive through the night
I can't imagine trying to keep Jordan entertained all day long in the car. By driving through the night, he was tired enough to sleep for almost the entire trip.
We made sure to do all we could to facilitate sleep by bringing his favorite blanket, giving him a bath before we left, and keeping the radio noise down. Once he was out, there was no waking him. Coming right off of the busy holidays may have helped a little.
3. Bring yummy snacks
I tried to bring food that he likes such as graham crackers and apples. I usually try to keep his meals healthy, but for this long car ride, I allowed him to eat more snack type foods than veggies. It's not going to hurt him, and was enjoyable.
4. Think comfort
I sort of already touched on this, but I think it's really important. Since we give Jordan a bath before going to bed, he knows that means it's time to relax. We gave him a nice warm bath right before leaving. We also dressed him in a soft footie pajama and brought along some cuddly stuffed animals. In the car, whenever I saw him beginning to rub his eyes or yawn, I'd give him his blanket and animals and he dozed off snuggling with them. If your baby takes pacifiers, give him those. Jordan quit using them, so I didn't bring any.
5. Take him out when you can
We stopped for gas and food three times and I took him out to stretch two of the three (he was sleeping for one of them). I know I can't sit for that long without stretching, so I wouldn't expect him to. It was so funny to see him reach his hands up in full extension with a look of total satisfaction. I also took every opportunity to change his diaper.
Now, I realize, we have been blessed with a really great baby. He is so easy going that we can pull stuff off like this, but I do believe that these are some things anyone can do to help their road trips go better. Just think about using quality equipment like the Evenflo Symphony LX Car Seat, maximizing comfort so your baby can sleep through the night, and bring yummy snacks.
Happy travels and thanks for stopping by! Comment below if you have some good traveling with children tips or stories.