Tips to ensure safe travel with a baby in the car

Whether you’re going on a short drive to the mall or a weekend road trip with the whole family, ensuring your baby’s safety during car travel is of the utmost importance.

Safe travel: Keep your baby safe every time you travel by car

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You don’t need to be stressed out when traveling or going on a long road trip with your precious one. Keeping your baby safe and sound in your vehicle is simple. The first step you need to take is to make sure he or she fits his safety infant car seat or convertible car seat correctly, and that you buckle them up accurately.

Aside from the baby essentials you need to take with on your road trip, you also need to consider a few safety concerns. You can prevent common pitfalls by planning everything carefully, making your trip as worry-free as possible.

Safety First: Infant Car Seats

Safety should always be number one in your priority list. Purchasing an infant safety car seat is that’s suitable for your child’s size and age is highly crucial. Car seats come in the following models:

  • Rear-face infant car seat for children up to 35 lbs.
  • Convertible car seat which you can use as a front-face seat for kids up to 45 lbs.
  • Booster seat for kids who are not old enough to fit your vehicle’s seat belt.

Make sure to choose the appropriate safety seat for your adorable baby. Also, you may want to consider purchasing an infant car seat before giving birth. You will need it from the time you step out of the hospital to bring your bundle of joy of home. It is also crucial to read expert reviews to ensure you will purchase the best possible safety seat for your child. Check on bestcarseathub.com for the Best Convertible and All-in-One Car Seats of 2018.

Furthermore, you need to install the seat accurately in your vehicle’s back seat. The safest position for infants is rear-face. Read the manual carefully and double check everything and ensure that you have secured all latches and belts. It is also important to familiarize yourself with state laws on car seats as they vary from state to state. 

Car Preparation

If you’re planning a long distance drive, get your car inspected by a professional first. Let them check if there are problems that need to be addressed right away before embarking on your trip. Also, make sure that your car’s tank is full. Change its oil if necessary and check the pressure of the tires. You don’t want to run into any sort of sudden car trouble in the middle of your travel with your infant.

Consider purchasing sunshades so that your baby is not staring directly into sunlight. Remove any sharp object in the infant car seat’s vicinity.   Another thing you need to ensure is that the heat and air conditioning system is working well. It is essential that your vehicle’s temperature is comfortable for your little one.

Packing Baby Supplies Wisely

You may want to consider packing your baby’s stuff into one giant bag for convenience. Aside from the usual baby essentials such as plenty of feeding supplies, wipes, and diapers, you also need to pack his favorite toys, blanket, clothes, and anything to make your infant comfortable throughout the drive.

Keeping a kit with a few necessities within your reach is also recommended so that you don’t have to unbuckle everytime you or your baby needs something. You can refill during stops if necessary.

Here’s a list of what your kit should include:

  • Baby wipes packet.
  • Portable changing pad.
  • At least three diapers.
  • A couple of his favorite toys.
  • Infant forehead thermometer.
  • A cooler bag with bottles of breast milk or pre-portioned formula.
  • Emergency baby medicine like ibuprofen or any medicine that he needs to take.

Things you Need to Remember During the Drive

You can make travel with your baby as safe and worry-free as possible by keeping the following things in mind:

  • Keep your infant happy with a little entertainment. Bring his favorite books or toys. If he gets bored with a toy, replace it with another one. Do not give them all at once.
  • Make frequent pit stops and carefully plan them. You can stop every two hours or schedule during your child’s feeding time.
  • Never drive if you don’t have enough sleep. Sleep deprivation has the same effect as driving while intoxicated with alcohol. You have concentration lapses, impaired decision making, and delayed reaction times.
  • You may also consider leaving at a time when your infant frequently takes his sleep. According to some parents, their car travel is smoother if they go during naptime or at night.   

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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