Some intrepid moms and dads think nothing of strapping baby in her car seat and hitting the open road. Others see road tripping with an infant as a necessary evil to get from point A to point B. No matter what your reason for packing up the minivan, traveling with your baby requires special considerations. Here’s how to make your drive a smooth one.
Too Young to travel? Is your baby too young to handle a road trip? Probably not! While you may be nervous about traveling with a newborn, the truth is, the littlest passengers often make the best road-trip companions. “The younger they are, the easier it is to do long drives, since newborns and infants sleep so many hours of the day,” says Shelly Rivoli, author of the Travels with Baby guidebooks.
A better question to ask, says mommy blogger and veteran traveler Emily Bond, is how soon is too soon for you? Whether you had a vaginal or c-section delivery, be sure you’ve fully recovered from giving birth, or seatbelts and sitting in one position will turn a long drive into an excruciating one.