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June 18, 2020
They may be little, but they sure do need a lot of stuff! Watching your little one experience new things is an exciting time but can also feel overwhelming. Your house is most likely filled with all kinds of baby items, so how do you know which ones to take and ones to leave behind?
No matter where and when you go, its best to be prepared. Here are some tips along with a checklist of items that make traveling with a baby easier.
Get baby ready
With everyone being quarantined at home from the coronavirus, you probably haven't spent a lot of time outside of your neighborhood. Aside from being prepared with things to pack, it’s important that your baby has spent some time in their car seat before you attempt a long road trip. After you have your car seat safely installed and checked, get some drive time in. You can start with short drives and work your way up to longer stretches. This gives baby a chance to get used to sleeping sitting up-right in a car seat and being strapped into a harness.
A full baby (and mom) is a happy one. Make sure you are stocked with enough bottles, sippy cups, and snacks to keep everyone in the car content. The last thing you need is adding stops to change baby’s clothes. Keep baby dry and avoid extra outfit changes by containing drool and feeding drops with a bib. If your baby is teething, have them wear a bib with a teether!
The Bazzle Baby Bandana Bib with Teether keeps baby dry and offers a BPA-free bacteria resistant teether for natural pain relief that will be within arm’s reach!
While it’s fun to let your little one try new foods, a road trip might not be the best time to do it. Stick to foods you know won’t upset their belly, that’s the last thing you’ll want to add to your trip.
Keep diaper changing equipment handy
Road trips don’t always offer the most ideal spots for changing a baby, especially if you are concerned about germs and dirty surfaces. Having a changing pad kit handy to change baby on and keep them off dirty surfaces is an easy way to make diaper changes easy during a quick pit stop.
A comfortable baby is a happy baby
You want to keep baby comfortable (and asleep) for as long as possible. A sunshade is a great way to keep the sun out of their eyes and avoid potential sun burns which can happen through car windows. You will also want to keep your little one cozy and warm with a travel blanket.
The Bazzle Baby GoBlanket Travel Blanket is super soft and just the right size to fit any stroller or carseat with integrated clips to attach it, you will never have to worry about it becoming lost or dirty due to drops. Designed with a cotton designed front and a fuzzy fleece back to provide warmth and comfort for baby.
It is all about timing
Keeping track of your baby’s nap times and schedule will help you plan the best time to leave and times to stop. If your little one is like mine, the mornings are the best and meltdowns are more likely later in the day. If your baby is better in the morning and takes long naps earlier in the day, then that is probably the ideal time to start your trip. You will also want to factor in traffic. You’ll likely want to keep your sanity by avoiding rush hour and being trapped in standstill traffic with a crying baby.
Finally, make a checklist and check it twice! Here is a checklist to get you started:
The most important thing to keep in mind? It might not go as planned and that’s ok. The only people dealing with the breakdowns, smells and chaos are the ones in your car. So do your best and you’ll get through it!
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