Traveling with little ones… Aaah so relaxing. Obviously kidding. I don’t know about you, but for us, traveling with tiny people is pretty stressful! Luckily I’ve found a few little tips and tricks that help make it manageable:
1. Play a movie
Fortunately, we have a built in DVD player in our minivan, so we play a movie for our toddler which keeps him pretty happy!
You can never have too many snacks. I make sure to have a sippy cup with iced water for Jayce and take several bowls with a variety of snacks and load up his cup holder with them! For Eli, I make sure I have a bowl of cheerios and baby puffs.
3. Make sure everyone is tired, dry, and fed
This is how we prepare for any car trip with our little guys. Right before we leave the house we do diaper changes, make sure they have both been fed and we try to time leaving to fall right at the start of when they should take a nap. Because lets face it, sleeping kids equals a quiet and happy car ride. 😉
4. Pack the car the night before
Not only does this make traveling day way less stressful, but it also means you’re less likely to forget something important. (like diapers… not that I’ve done that or anything)
5. Pacifier clip
You definitely need a pacifier clip for the baby! Ours was such a huge help. Instead of Eli throwing his pacifier or losing it somewhere in his car seat, he always was able to access it which helped him fall asleep and stay asleep the whole ride.
6. Nursing cover
This is a personal decision, but for me, I was much more comfortable nursing Eli in the front seat of our van in the gas station parking lot covered. Not only that, but it was perfect for keeping the sun out of his eyes and off of his sensitive skin. (Covered Goods is the best)
7. Bring the Dockatot!
Probably my biggest tip! If you follow me on social media, you know how much I love my Dockatot. This thing is the best for traveling. Not only does it give us a place to change Eli’s diapers in the car (I refuse to use icky public bathrooms), but it gives him a comfortable and familiar place to sleep and play wherever we are going. Bonus: It comes with a plastic carrying case with handles and takes up way less space than a pack n play or bassinet! If you have a baby under 8 months, get the Deluxe version. Eli is 8.5 so we have the Grand. They also have lots of cute patterns, we got the chevron one. It’s 100% cotton so it’s hypoallergenic and so comfy, plus it’s very breathable.
A big thank you to Dockatot for partnering with me on this post, all opinions are my own.