Tips on Road Tripping With a Baby

Just because you’ve recently become a parent, doesn’t mean that you can’t keep on traveling. Granted, it’s not as easy as it once was, but where there is a will, there is a way. Plus, traveling when your child is small may actually be much easier than attempting to travel with them as toddlers. From seeking vehicle alternatives, such as traveling in an RV rental to investing in baby items, there are many things you can do for a more relaxed experience.

To help you plan a trip with your baby in an RV rental, we have compiled what we believe to be some of the best tips for going on a road trip with an infant. As challenging as it may seem, it’s possible to have a fun and enjoyable experience with your little one in tow.

Check our tips for road tripping with the latest addition to your family:
  • Maintain your baby’s nap schedule. There is no doubt that a fussy baby can make it hard for you when you’re traveling. Avoid this type of drama by maintaining your baby’s nap schedule. It may take plenty of planning but you’ll have a more happier baby and this is exactly what you want for your road trip.
  • Bring plenty of baby entertainment, from videos to toys. Babies can get bored just as much as you can. While you may be able to entertain yourself looking out the window, talking to your partner, or listening to your favorite jam, your baby may not be so interested in your intellectual conversation. Pack plenty of toys, children’s music, children’s videos, and all of their favorite entertainment. You’ll be happy you did.
  • Take breaks to get out of the vehicle. You may feel like you can wait to stretch your legs but your baby is going to want to spend time outside of the moving vehicle. Yes, it may take time off of your driving time but it will mean a calmer baby. You can take advantage of these breaks by timing them for when you calculate you’ll be in a beautiful area. From being able to stop and see the sites in unique locations to everybody being able to get some air, it’s actually beneficial for you and your little one.
  • If the baby is old enough to eat solids, bring plenty of baby snacks for them. The great thing about driving in an RV is that you have a fridge where you can keep food, whether perishable or not. This will help you to be able to pack all of baby’s favorite snacks, so you can make sure that they never go hungry. A hungry baby is not a happy baby. Remember, your goal for the road trip is a happy baby.
  • If they are still in the newborn stage, make sure to pack formula and bottles. Even if you breast feed your baby, it’s a wise decision to pack formula and bottles. You never know how your body may respond to travel and you want to make sure that you can always feed your baby, no matter what.
  • Stock up on the baby necessities, from diapers to wet wipes. This way, you don’t have to worry about stopping for diapers in every city that you drive through. It’s the best way to keep baby happy and clean and your RV smelling good.
  • Bring baby medication and a first aid kit. Baby fevers happen and while they are not always cause for concern, you still want to help your little one feel better. Pack your baby Tylenol or other things that baby may need on the road trip. If they’re teething, make sure to bring some teething toys and medication.
  • Be aware of hospital and clinics in the destinations on your trip. You will hopefully never need to make a hospital visit on your trip but being aware about where they may be on the different stops on your road trip can help you to get there faster should a situation arise where you need to go.
  • Make sure that you can reach your pediatrician when needed. It’s a good idea to check with your pediatrician if you have a doubt about your baby’s behavior on the trip. This can help you to get a professional opinion should your little one get sick, without you having to rush to the hospital unless absolutely needed.
In Conclusion

Traveling with a baby does take more planning than traveling alone or with another adult. That being said, as long as you are prepared, you should expect to have a marvelous time. Babies are much more relaxed than toddlers, so take advantage of this.

Pack up your RV rental with all of the essentials, pay attention to your baby’s needs, and expect to have a great time with your family!

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