Whether you’re traveling to from the gym or taking frequent trips out of town, inevitably you’re going to have to bring your baby along for the ride.
That being said, you can’t expect to have a safe and happy journey with your child unless your car is fully baby-proof. Unfortunately, many parents make the mistake of ignoring the smalls details of their vehicles which can result in minor inconveniences and major headaches alike.
“Keeping your baby safe
and sound while traveling
should be a top priority.”
If you’re constantly traveling with your baby on board, consider the following seven tips and investments for making sure you enjoy safe, happy travels every time.
Take Care of Your Car Seat
Your baby’s car seat ensures the comfort and safety of your bundle of joy, both crucial when you’re on the road and away from home. Although no two moms are like in terms of what they want for their child, some essential tips for buying a baby car seat include… (Image source:)
- Paying close attention to brand choice, including manufacturer history and recall notices
- Taking special care if you’re purchasing a used car seat which may not be in compliance with modern regulations
- Whether or not the seat can realistically fit in your vehicle: smaller cars require more space-efficient seats, for example
Although you can’t realistically keep a constant eye on your baby, having a baby mirror attached to your car seat can help you double-check on your child at a moment’s notice. While you obviously need to pay attention to the road, such mirrors can help clue you in on whether or not your child needs your immediate attention. (Image source:)
Lock Up the Essentials
This piece of advice is a two-way street: make sure to keep any potentially sharp and dangerous materials or items out of reach of your children. Ideally, you can keep items such as medicines or sharp emergency tools such as scissors stowed away in your glove box. Secondly, never let yourself lock your keys in your car and put yourself in a situation where you can’t reach your baby.
Emergency Supplies are a Must
Create an emergency travel kit with items such as baby wipes, extra formula and food, all of which can a lifesaver if you’re stuck in traffic or are in a situation where pulling over simply isn’t an option. Make sure to keep an eye on the expiration dates on these items and restock them accordingly. (Image source:)
Choose Toys Carefully
You might be surprised at how much smoother your travels go when you allow your baby the opportunity to entertain themselves. That being said, you need to be especially careful in terms of what toys you allow in the car. Anything with small parts or pieces is a no-no; meanwhile, soft, larger stuffed animals with no strings are fair game. (Image source:)
Keep Your Car Clean
While this might seem like obvious advice, consider how leftover trash could be a potential choking hazard for your baby. Try to make a habit of removing a few pieces of trash from your car every time you exit, which will ultimately keep you from having to clean out your vehicle every few weeks. In short, decluttering your car is a win-win situation for both you and your baby.
Double-Check Between Drivers
Finally, if you aren’t the sole driver of your vehicle, double-check to make everything is in place before you leave the driveway with your child. While your spouse or partner may not intentionally screw up your babyproofing precautions, it never hurts to look to take a “safety first” approach before hitting the road.
“You can’t expect to have a safe
and happy journey with your child
unless your car is fully baby-proof.”
Keeping your baby safe and sound while traveling should be a top priority. These small steps can result in peace of mind for mom and child alike as you travel from Point A to Point B.
What are you favorite tips for babyproofing your vehicle?
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