Tips for your next road trip with a newborn
Driving with a newborn can be less complicated and stressful in the early days. Babies can ride in the car days after they are born with a safe carseat and you dont have to worry about the chaos of going through security or worry about if your baby will have a tantrum on the plane. If your baby cries, you are the only one who has deal with it, you aren’t getting looks from 100 other passengers through the entire 5 hour flight.
Don’t confuse driving with a newborn to be easy. You have to plan in extra time to accomodate feedings and diaper changes and can make for a very long trip.
Here are our top tips for your next roadtrip with a newborn
Drive during naptime
If your baby goes down for naps on schedule, make sure to be on the road during these times so they can sleep in their carseat. Start your trip right after your baby finishes eating so you can miximize the time you are driving without stopping.
Use music to soothe
If your baby does get fussy in the backseat use music to soothe them. Sometimes they just need some noise to help calm them down.
Just like you need to stretch your legs and clear your head, so does your baby. During meal times make sure to get your baby out of their car seat and let them move around a bit to get the wiggles out.
Dont have time for a break?
If you aren’t driving ladies, it is possible to pump while you are in your seat and feed your baby a bottle while the car is still in motion. It takes practice, but can save you a lot of time if you can’t pull over.
Get a big changing pad
The normal ones that come with diaper bags tend to be smaller, I like to have one that the baby’s full body fits on. This comes in handy especially if you stop at questionable rest stops with not always the cleanest changing areas.
What to pack for a roadtrip with a baby
- Food: breast milk, formula or juice
- Change of clothes (multiple)
- Plastic bag or wet bag for diaper disposal
- Burp cloth
What are your best tips for a Roadtrip with a newborn? \