Travelling with a baby can be a daunting prospect but as long as you are well prepared, it will go as easy as clockwork. The ideal is obviously having someone sitting in the back seat with baby, to pick up the continuously dropped toys and to just ‘be there’. However, this is not always possible and Mum or Dad will often have to travel with their offspring on their own. The following 5 items will make the journey carefree and enjoyable.
1. Kid Transit Mirror
Many countries, including the UK, are insisting (it’s the law) that babies under 15 months travel in rear facing car seats in the back of the vehicle. This obviously causes problems as neither the driver or passenger can see baby. This is easily solved by fitting a Kid Transit Mirror. It attaches, via two straps, to a rear headrest and will fit any car. It stays firmly in place ensuring you can keep a watch on your baby without distracting you from your driving.
This mirror is safe, shatterproof and very light. It’s made from acrylic rather than glass. This large mirror gives the driver an excellent view of baby and baby will slowly learn that looking at the mirror will reward her/him with a view of Mum or Dad.
2. Sun Shades
Using sun shades for the car windows not only saves baby’s eyes and skin from sun damage, they also ensure that the bright sunlight doesn’t interfere with that essential nap. The one that gives Mum and Dad and little breather while driving.
There are many to choose from. They usually have suction pads for easy installation and come in various designs to entertain your baby. There are static blinds and retractable blinds to choose from. The retractable blinds can stay on the window, to be pulled down when necessary. They can also be used on various sized windows.
3. Car Bottle Warmer
There is nothing more distracting when driving than a crying baby. Car journeys frequently don’t go as planned – there may be road works, an accident or just sheer volume of traffic which makes your journey much, much longer than you thought. Take a bottle of milk (breast or formula – your choice) and, if your baby is already on solids, a jar of food so, should you be delayed, you will be able to feed your hungry, crying baby.
Many car bottle warmers will not only heat bottles but jars as well. Simply place the bottle or jar into the warmer, plug it into the cigarette lighter slot and wait for the required number of minutes. Several of the car bottle warmers come with lit up displays for easy use at night.
4. Bag of Toys
Pack baby toys such as teething rings, plastic keys, rattles, soft toys. If possible attach them to the car seat, so you don’t have to stop every two minutes to pick up the favourite toy that has just gone on the floor for the tenth time in the last 30 minutes.
5. Car Organiser
Car organisers simply slip over the front seat and keep all baby’s essentials in one place. Nappies, wipes, bottles, cups, toys and at hand. When you arrive at your destination, you can simply remove the organiser and clip it onto a pram or pushchair.
Happy driving 🙂
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