This post was sponsored by CYBEX as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received the CYBEX Balios Stroller and Aton Q Infant Car Seat to facilitate my review.
I know the first thing a mom thinks of when she thinks about road tripping with a baby – STRESS. How will we feed the baby while traveling? Who will hold our sweet baby? What if he cries the whole time? Explodes a diaper? Not to mention the trip in general – where will the baby sleep? How many diapers do we need to pack? What toys should we bring? Well road tripping doesn’t have to be stressful. We are going to talk about some tips for road tripping with a baby and I’ll share about how our trip is going so far!I’ve had two babies that handle cars very differently. Maddie Grace actually seemed to like the car, or at least was content in it, and slept great on car trips. Whereas Tripp hates it and doesn’t sleep as well. We’ve also done different length trips with each kid. With Tripp the longest trip we’ve done is around 6 hours and that was right when he turned 3 months old. With Maddie Grace we did a 10 hour trip when she was only 2 months old! And what tips have we learned?
-Pack up baby in the safest car seat possible, and one that they are comfortable and happy in. A happy baby means an easier ride for mom and dad. Plus it makes me feel better to have Tripp in the safest car seat around for these long trips since I have a fear of car wrecks on highways and interstates. That’s why we always use the Cybex Aton Q – which has the highest ratings for both safety and comfort. Plus the giant UVF 50+ canopy is great when you don’t want the sun hitting on your baby from the window. And it fits great into the Cybex Balios stroller which folds up small making it perfect for traveling.
-Even babies like iPads. I totally get and respect why a lot of parents don’t want screen time for their young babies. I don’t want Tripp watching TV yet either. Except on long trips. We learned quickly with Tripp that he totally chills out when the iPad is playing something in front of him, and now we are all about having one iPad for him and another for Maddie Grace (our toddler) on long trips.
-Stroller toys are your friend. Tripp loves his friend Freddie the Firefly – he likes to squeeze the crinkly fabric and chew on the teething ring!
-Take a car that you can climb in between the kids in if at all possible. My car has captains seats in the second row, meaning I can’t safely sit in between the kids for long trips. Because of this we’ve started taking my husbands car, in which I can squeeze myself in between both carseats and still buckle up. It’s not comfortable, but it’s better than listening to two kids scream the whole time.
Road tripping with a baby is difficult – but so worth while. And now for some pictures from our Father’s Day and trip so far:
Okay I’m just a little obsessed with the shoes Tripp was wearing for his dedication. Total swoon. We are having a great time in Savannah with my family! We drove down Saturday morning, and had Tripp’s church dedication on Sunday morning with a little party afterwards. Tom flew off for a work trip for a few days so I’m trying to survive being out of town with both kids by myself! I hope everyone out there had an family filled Father’s day weekend!
Thanks for the tips! We are about to embark on a 10 day road trip with three kids. Wish us luck! 🙂
Lee Anne says
Looks like you are a pro at road tripping with the little ones! That car seat looks amazing!
Those photos are so sweet! Road trips can be so stressful with a little one I agree! With the right attitude, planning and time they can be totally manageable though!