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Long road trip with an 8 month old

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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We will be making a trip to Newfoundland from Ontario that is around 22 hours, plus a ferry ride. We will be traveling with a fifth wheel trailer and making stops along the way to camp. Any suggestions for the long car ride and does anyone have good tips for traveling with a baby with a trailer?

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by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Does your baby sleep well in the car? If yes, plan your travel time to coincide with a nap or bedtime so your baby can sleep through part of the journey. If not, plan to leave immediately after a nap or upon waking in the morning. Don’t fool yourself into thinking your baby will behave differently than usual in the car just because it’s a special occasion.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Is it necessary to make the trip all at once, or can you break it up with stops along the way? The longer your baby is strapped in the carseat, the more likely he’ll become fussy. Planning a few breaks can keep everyone in a better frame of mind.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

When estimating an arrival time, have you factored in plenty of extra time for unplanned surprises? A diaper explosion that requires a complete change of clothes or a baby whose inconsolable crying requires an unexpected 20-minute stop are just two of the things that can easily happen.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Do you have everything you need to make the trip pleasant? Items like: -Window shades to protect your baby from the sun and create a darker, nap-inducing atmosphere. -A cooler for cold drinks; a bottle warmer if needed. -Plenty of toys that are new or forgotten favorites saved just for the trip. -Baby-friendly music on tape or CD. -A rear-view baby mirror to keep on eye on baby (unless a second person will be sitting with your little one) -Books to read to your baby.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Take plenty of time to get the car ready for your trip. If two adults are traveling, consider yourself lucky and arrange for one person to sit in the backseat next to the baby. If you are traveling alone with your little one, you’ll need to be more creative in setting up the car, and you’ll need to plan for more frequent stops along the way.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Use ribbon or yarn and safety pins or tape to hang an array of lightweight toys from the ceiling of the car to hang over your baby. An alternative is to string a line from one side of the car to the other with an array of toys attached by ribbons. Bring along an assortment of new toys that can be exchanged when you stop the car for a rest. Just be sure to use small toys and keep them out of the driver’s line of view.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Tape brightly colored pictures of toys on the back of the seat that your baby will be facing.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

You might also shop around for a baby activity center that attaches directly to the carseat.

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

If you plan to have someone sitting next to baby, then provide that person with a gigantic box of toys with which to entertain the little one - distraction works wonders to keep a baby happy in the car. One of the best activities for long car rides is book reading so maybe pick up some board books?

abra
by Abra on Apr. 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Bring books on tape or quiet music for the adults for times when your baby is sleeping. The voice on tape may help keep your baby relaxed, and it will be something you can enjoy.

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