YESSSS!!! You heard it right… We did dare to road trip with baby when he was two month old and know what? It was amazing!
It all began with a conversation about how life changes after kids and how we missed travelling. Both of us, have been avid couple travellers but were so intimidated by the thought of travelling with an infant. What if something goes wrong? Can we really manage a road trip with baby? What if we need help?
While these were big questions, our love for travel was even bigger. We listed down all our fears and all scenarios that could go wrong in our mind. We created a giant list of what we would need to tackle each situation. And that was when we started feeling hopeful that we might just make it.
Survival guide for your first road trip with baby
1Divide the whole trip into parts
If you are planning a long trip, split the trip into parts with limited driving time. Stop overnights and sleep in proper beds rather than driving through the night. Try looking for accommodation in places which are well frequented and have access to petrol pumps, basic shops and health clinics.
Ensure you plan to halt every now and then. Take your baby out for a quick view around and if possible lay down a mat and let them stretch and crawl around. Check for diaper changes and feed the baby. The exercise will also help you to refresh and stay alert.
3Feeding Times & Healthy snacks
Maintain the usual feeding schedule while travelling. If you are breastfeeding the baby, remember to carry car window shades and shawls to cover while you are feeding the baby in the car. If your baby has started on formula milk or solid foods, ensure you pack some healthy snacks that are familiar. To store milk, you can use a cooler or get shelf stable milk boxes. If you are planning to buy milk on the way, do your research to locate a reputable grocery shop or retail store.
4Sit with the baby
Our baby loves company and the best way to keep him occupied in his car seat was to talk to him and play with him. If you are driving solo with the baby, we suggest you carry some toys to keep the baby happy in the back seat. Else your partner can sit with the baby in the backseat and give company.
Remember to pack some new toys and books to keep the baby engrossed. You can buy colourful soft toys, rattles etc to interest the baby through the journey. Do not give everything all at once but keep giving toys one by one so that the baby stays engaged longer.
6Pack your car beforehand
This has been the most important tip for me as I always forget things at the last minute. Do create a checklist of things that you would need on the road trip and prepare and pack your car beforehand. While packing, divide your things into “easy to reach” and “car trunk” category. Remember for your first trip, there is nothing called over packing. If you feel something may help, just pack it.
So with all this in mind, we set out for our adventure next and lived to tell the story. Want to know how it went? Next blog coming up….
Do you have some amazing kid friendly road trip hacks? We would love to hear them.