Tips to better organize long car journeys with a newborn, from what to keep in the car to tricks to calm the baby if he cries
Tips for long car journeys with a baby
Long trips by car with a newborn: Yes or no? Sooner or later it happens to all new parents to ask themselves this question. Obviously the answer is yes, but by organizing the travel itinerary in the best possible way and preparing everything necessary to make the journey by car with infants safe, easy, pleasant for everyone.
During a long journey, in fact, it is necessary that the newborn is placed in maximum safety, it is important to have a bottle, pacifier and toys at hand to entertain or calm him if necessary. And it is essential to have the possibility, during the itinerary, to make stops to change the diaper, give food, break the journey with the smallest of the family.
In this guide Pianetamamma gives you all the tips for planning long journeys by car with babies in the best possible way.
Newborn in the car, carrycot or carrycot?
First of all, it is essential never to hold the child in your arms during car journeys, whether it is short or long journeys. It is essential that the newborn is put in safety in the car from the first weeks of life.
There are two safe devices allowed by the highway code: carrycot and baby car seat. Both can be used in the car, even for long journeys, as long as they are properly fixed to the seat inside the passenger compartment.
The spacecraft, for example, it must be fixed using a special kit, which is supplied when the carrycot is purchased or which, alternatively, must be purchased separately. The carrycot kits include specific hooks to prevent the baby from being tossed around once in motion. The carrycot, however, will be positioned parallel to the rear seats and will be fine for carrying children up to 10 kg.
The number 2 alternative for safe travel with the little ones is the egg. The latter can be fixed to the car in various ways, most of the time it has a base that is fixed to the seat through the isofix system and allows you to conveniently attach, with a simple click, the car seat every time you get into the car.
The car seat can also be placed on the passenger seat, but only if the airbags are deactivated.
For the first weeks of life, a reducer must be applied to the egg that allows the newborn to assume a correct and non-dangerous position.
Destinations for travel with babies by car
What trips can be organized with babies? The restrictions are not many, it takes common sense, of course, and to choose fairly quiet destinations, which can respond well to all the needs of children. It is usually suggested to do not leave in the first 10 days of life of the baby, this is because it is a very delicate phase, in which weight loss could occur, jaundice could appear, it is the phase in which breastfeeding is starting, therefore, only in particular cases, first consulting the pediatrician, you can start in this very early stage of life.
For the rest there are no ideal destinations. A newborn can be carried at the sea how in the mountains, although the countryside is perhaps the ideal place for mild temperatures and average altitude. In fact, it is not recommended to expose newborns to the sun, and to take them to places where temperatures are too high, just as it is not recommended to take children under 12 months over 1500 meters in height.
A nice trip to the countryside or to the hills of our Italy, between Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, for example, could be an excellent idea.
How to organize the car for a long trip with babies
Once the destination has been chosen and the best device to secure the baby during the trip has been identified, all that remains is to organize the car, inserting everything you need inside it.
Let’s start with a thorough one car cleaning: Before traveling with a small child, it is advisable to have the car washed inside and out.
What should not be forgotten: certainly the necessary to change the baby, from diapers to the necessary changes to keep the baby always clean and dry. Very useful are the soaked wipes, bibs (also disposable), sanitizing detergents to be able to sanitize bottles, pacifiers and other baby items. A cover (or more than one) to cover it from cold or air conditioning.
Never forget the pacifier, the doll with which he sleeps or all those accessories that are a safety for the newborn at the time of the lullaby and beyond.
What to do if she starts crying and wants to be in her arms?
It may happen that in the middle of the journey, perhaps after sleeping for a while, the baby wakes up, starts complaining and to cry. What to do?
First of all, a mother always knows why her baby is crying: is it hungry? Then better approach and breastfeed him in a service area. It has the dirty or wet diaper and does it bother him? Also in this case it is good to stop at the first rest area and change the diaper to help the little one find peace of mind.
Does he cry because he is bored, tired of sitting in the egg or lying in the carrycot? He cries because would like to come in her arms? In this case it is good to pull the ace out of the sleeve: the pacifier if babies are used to taking it, or alternatively that doll, that piece of fabric that has the magical power to reassure the little ones.
If, despite all this, the baby does not calm down, you can try a music cd: prepare at home, before departure, a cd with relaxing music, lullabies, songs that you usually sing to the newborn to make him fall asleep.
Last option may be to download an app that reproduces the so-called “white noise”. The “white noise” is none other than the noise of the hairdryer, the microwave, the waves of the sea. A continuous and constant noise that has the power of babies. It is so called by analogy to white light, which is the sum of all the colors of the iris: white noise is the sum of all audible frequencies.
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