Road trips are the perfect time to bond with the family – but it might be a little intimidating to think about hitting the road with a little one. Spending the entire trip with your screaming baby in the backseat can bring your stress to an ultimate high. Luckily, though, there are ways to go about your trip wisely… wisely enough that it might not be as bad as you are afraid of.
If you are looking for a key way to keep your baby happy during a road trip – frequent stops are exactly what you need. Let your baby stretch their legs and give them a chance to get some of their built-up energy out. Make sure to play with them during these pit stops, because the more tired out they get – the easier the next part of the road trip will be.
Pick kid-friendly music
I know, it is almost painful to think about hours and hours of listening to Elmo sing about crayons… but compare that to hours of an upset baby and it sounds a little less awful. It doesn’t have to be something you hate, though – find kid-friendly music that both you and your little one can enjoy. If there is no such thing, try to listening to your baby’s favorites for at least a little while here and there.
Don’t rush it
Try to take your time and plan a few days for your trip rather than hope to make it in as little time as possible. Having a time crunch to stress over on top of keeping your baby happy can be incredibly frustrating, so it’s for the best to take it slow.
Toys. Toys. Toys.
As if you hadn’t already planned on bringing everything that could possibly entertain your youngen, consider using the “surprise toy” option for your road trip. This involves filling a bag with a variety of toys and books or whatever else you want to add and giving one or two at a time for your baby to play with. This way there is the surprise factor along with avoiding a bored baby.
Time it wisely
Try to plan your trip around your baby’s sleep schedule. Maybe start at night before they go to bed or maybe the afternoon before nap time – either way, the goal is to hit a time when your baby normally sleeps so that (hopefully) they’ll pass right out. This might not work 100% of the time, but it is definitely worth a shot.
Hopefully these tips will help make your road trip one to remember (in the best way possible!). After all, it’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey. Good luck!