Carefree Car Ownership
Tips for safe and enjoyable travels with your infant
If you've recently had a baby, then you know how precious and delicate infants are - they are completely reliant on their parents for just about everything. While driving in your car, you want to take particular care to make sure your baby is safe and secure - that "Baby on Board" sticker won't be enough. Here are some car safety tips for safe and enjoyable travels with your infant.
While anyone can tell you that babies require a car seat when on-the-go, this alone isn't enough to keep your child secure. Infants should be buckled into a rear-facing car seat for maximum protection, according to Autos.com. Also, make sure that the car seat is positioned in the center of a bucket seat in the back row of your car.
Infants tend to cry a lot, and the stress of traveling usually doesn't make this any easier. To avoid frustration when driving with your little one, try to plan your trips around his or her naptime. Ideally, as soon as you buckle your child into the car seat, he or she will drift right off to sleep, according to WhatToExpect.com.
Constantly paying attention to your child's every need can wear on even the most resilient parent, so try to alternate duties when on a long road trip, recommends WhatToExpect.com. One parent can drive for a couple of hours while the other tends to the baby's needs, and vice-versa.