Road Trip Tips for Young Families
On the Road
- Dress everyone in layers. Car seats, especially ones with the head rest ring, tend to be a little hotter than the rest of the car, so continually check on your baby’s comfort.
- Don’t have a car with air conditioning? Consider renting one for long trips during the summer.
- Use suntan lotion or sunblock, because sun shades in cars don’t protect you or your child from every angle. (Children under six months should not use sunscreen.)
- Lock your doors. That way no one can get in and–if you’ve turned the child safety lock feature on–no one in the back seat can get out.
- If you breastfeed, purchase a lighter adapter for the breast pump, and pump in the car. That way, you won’t have to stop every few hours. Plan burping and diaper changing rest stops.
- Don’t let your baby sleep the entire way, unless you’re traveling at night just for that reason. Keep your child on the regular schedule, from naps to feeding.
- To keep your baby awake, play peek-a-boo, point out the sights, sing silly songs, and read books together.
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