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Stress-free Holiday Travel with an Infant

Stress-free Holiday Travel with an Infant

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough, but when you have an infant, there is an added level of anxiety. As any parent will tell you, road trips with children of any age are challenging. But infants require extra attention and a little extra preparation. With some careful planning those long drives to visit family and friends can be relatively easy and without worry.

1: Travel while they sleep: Infants sleep an average of 17 hours a day, so that gives you plenty of time to drive, while your baby is in a peaceful slumber. Plan your trip around naptimes or hit the road when you know your baby will be ready for a longer sleep.  

2: Frequent breaks: Infants nurse or bottle feed every few hours, so during a long road trip, plan for frequent stops. During those brief breaks, you can feed your baby safely, change diapers, and give your little one a break from the car seat.

3: Provide entertainment: There will likely be times during a long drive that your infant is awake. Just like older kids, babies get bored, too. But a little entertainment can keep your little one occupied and fuss-free in the car. Invest in a few stimulating toys like the Giddy Up Gal Rattle and electronic musical Pony friend by Yookidoo. They are full of textures, sliding beads and sound surprises that will promote your baby’s tactile, visual, and auditory development. MSRP: $14.40 Available at: www.Amazon.com

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4: Use a portable baby monitor: Keep an eye on your rear-facing infant from the front seat with the zooby Car and Home video baby monitor by infanttech. This portable monitor is a must-have for traveling parents. The wireless monitor includes night vision so even if you’re driving at night, you can watch your little one as they sleep. The zooby comes in a variety of plush styles that babies and toddler will love. MSRP:: $199.00 Available at www.babiesrus.com

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5: Bring a security item: A small security item like the Security Blanket by Miracleware can make your little one feel comfortable even on a long car ride or in an unfamiliar place. Its small size, and soft, breathable fabric make it the perfect blanket for rear-facing infants to cuddle while they sleep. MSRP: $12.95 for a two pack. Available at www.Babiesrus.com

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13 Comments

  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Great tips!! I always prayed for sleeping lol!! That travel monitor is super cool!! I have never seen one before!! Frequent stops are important for adults too so I am all for those 😉

    December 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply marlene harris

    very good ideas

    December 5, 2016 at 4:15 am
  • Reply Jessie Ross

    We are flying to Arizona for the Holidays and I always get so anxious, these are awesome tips, thanks!

    December 5, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Gabrielly

    Great tips. Thank you for sharing.

    December 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply deanna

    These are such great tips. Also bring lots of patience!

    December 6, 2016 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Wendy Sebastian

    I never thought to use a baby monitor in the car. Great tip!

    December 6, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Laura Layman

    Great tips. Every time we have to travel alot we drive at night while all the kids are asleep.

    December 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah Overstreet

    We just traveled this last weekend with our twins. It was the first time we’be gone out of town since they’be been walking. Boy, it was stressful! Thank you so much for this article!

    December 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Somers

    We made a 12 hour trip when my daughter was 8 months old. It was terrible. I think it’s going to be a while yet before we try anymore road trips.

    December 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Christina McKenzie

    Great tips. I used all these tips on my long road trip I took earlier this year. It was easier than I thought it would be

    December 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply June S.

    (STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY TRAVEL WITH AN INFANT) These are all some great items to purchase for for anyone that has an infant for the holidays.

    December 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Amy Howard

    LOTS of great tips. However we just had baby number six last week. Traveling sounds like a bit of a nightmare right now! Lol

    December 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Richard Hicks

    Some really good ideas. Patience is a virtue when it comes to infants

    December 7, 2016 at 11:47 pm
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