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Car Travel With an Infant

Don't Forget the Adults

If you are traveling alone or this is your first trip with the whole family, things are likely to be a bit hectic to start off. You want to keep everyone happy and comfortable, but in doing so, you might forget to take care of yourself and your spouse. Bring a few things for the two of you to munch and sip on. The last thing you need is a dehydration or hunger headache.

The Drive Itself

If possible, take turns driving and entertaining your baby. Mixing it up a bit will keep everyone happier. Sometimes the best toy you could remember to bring is another person! Anyone with a baby knows that the longer the length of time a baby has a toy, the less fun it gets. Remember rule #1 -- be flexible.
Here are a few tips to help survive the drive:
  • Play music for your baby -- this is soothing and relaxing, and may help the time go by quicker.
  • If your infant is on the younger side, don't feed him or her while in the car seat. While it may be convenient, you run a larger risk of choking at a younger age, when they are still tilted back in their car seat.
  • If you have access to a portable DVD player for the car, play a few episodes of your baby's favorite show.
  • Make plenty of stops; find a park to stop at, to walk around, or go on the swing. Burning energy is always a great way to get little ones to fall back to sleep when you're back on the road!
Any way you look at it, you are most likely traveling willingly and are hoping to have a good time. Remember this during the drive and focus on the fact that this is supposed to be fun!
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