Going on a road trip with your newborn is stressful if you lack a good plan. You need to stop for bathroom breaks and change diapers to allow the baby to feel more comfortable.
It doesn’t matter if you are on vacation or visiting your family. Consider the following things to ensure your baby remains calm, comfortable, happy, and relaxed throughout the journey.
Pack enough baby clothes
Baby soil themselves more often than adults, which explains why you need to pack enough clothes.
If you are traveling with an infant or newborn, you need newborn baby clothes to change when they soil themselves. It ensures your baby remains comfortable and prevents irritating their skin.
Drive at night
Babies sleep well at night, which gives you the peace of mind you need to drive safely. Besides, the baby’s screams can be exhausting and stressful. Make sure you feed the baby and change their clothes before they sleep.
Driving at night allows you to keep your schedule. You can drive for longer stretches before taking a break which maximizes your driving time. Go through the bedtime routine like pajamas, bath, bedtime song, and other night rituals you do with the baby before putting them down to sleep.
Switch drivers and stay caffeinated. Get enough rest to ensure you are not driving while drowsy.
Schedule regular breaks
The baby needs frequent bathroom breaks and diaper changes. Take regular breaks to give you time to change baby clothes and feed them. Schedule planned 3-hour stops during the day and between 3-6 hours if driving at night.
Use the time to stretch your legs, buy essential supplies, eat and feed your baby. Change those sweaty clothes and make a checklist of things to get and do during regular break stops.
Pick a route with access to essential supplies and restrooms
It ensures you can refuel your car, buy food, use restrooms, and other service areas. If you pick a scenic route, ensure it has reprieve and service areas for convenience.
Plot break stops in advance, including hotels where you can pull over to get some sleep.
Keep supplies nearby
Pack survival traveling essentials for the road trip with your baby. Keep them within reach of your seatbelt for quick retrieval. Keep critical necessities nearby in a tote bag or backpack.
These include wipes, newborn baby clothes, infant painkiller syrup, versatile toys, portable changing pad with 2-3 diapers, feeding bottle, baby forehead thermometer, an extra blanket, and a portable sound machine.
Also, pack ready-to-eat snacks, sleep masks, small pillows, earplugs, or mobile chargers to make the road trip more comfortable.
Learn basic baby relaxation techniques
Babies get stiff and restless during long road trips because they sit for long hours. Learn how to gently massage their feet and legs to keep them calm or relaxed.
Sing baby songs to calm them and put them to sleep because singing songs work better than radio. Sing sweet songs when they are bored to entertain them. Pick songs with simple melodies, improvise the verses to add rhymes and invent new lyrics to break the monotony.
Travel with a spare tire
Safety precautions help you prevent getting stuck in a sparsely populated area with no help. Ensure you have a car jack, spare tire, and gasoline can. It helps you travel miles until you reach a service station for mechanical help.