How to Plan a Road Trip With a Baby
My husband and I just survived our first official road trip with our baby. As a couple, we did most of our vacations as road trips, so keeping to our vacation norm, we picked a vacation spot within reasonable driving distance for our 11 month old.
Our drive would take us around 3 ½ hours straight through, which with an 11 month old was highly unlikely, so a considerable amount of strategy and planning went into how to go about our car time. In the end, it all worked out. Our timing was good, the items we packed were mostly used and best of all, we only had a crying baby for 40 minutes out of the over seven hour round trip… I consider that a win.
Here’s what worked for us on our first road trip as a family of three:
Tips for a Successful Road Trip With a Baby
- Choose travel time around your baby’s sleep times. We picked drive times around Cab’s schedule, not our own. This meant for us we did the drive after dinnertime (going) and nap time (coming home), so Cab could sleep the majority of the ride.
- Make sure baby’s space is comfortable. To help drown out my husband and me talking in the front, we used a stuffed bear that plays lullabies and classical music and placed it within our reach on the back seat next to Cab. We also gave him a light blanket to snuggle with.
- Get creative with car toys. As to not lose toys on the road and have to pull over in a desperate attempt to find the book jammed under the front seat (every parent’s nightmare), we used those plastic kiddie “chain links” and hooked the toy to the car head rest. Works amazing when they chuck the toy and lo and behold, it only goes so far. Definite parent win!
- Pack snacks. These two words pretty much sums it up, but really we picked treats we knew he loved, liked applesauce, and really right now anything in a pouch in which he can self-feed from is a huge hit. Packing a small cooler also was a life saver, as we could travel with snacks that needed to be refrigerated and didn’t have to hunt for milk on the road.
In the same token, don’t forget about your driving companion and yourself. Make sure you have good tunes, comfy clothes on, and things for you to munch on, too.
I am Aili, a first-time mom and lover of cloth diapers and cute baby fashion. As an avid bargain shopper who will stand in line to snag the right deal, if I’m not searching out an outfit for my little man, you can find me in the home décor. I am excited to share with you all my mishaps and successes as I navigate this thing called parenting.