Toretto in Fast and Furious says: “I live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not the team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less…. I’m free “, because you don’t have kids my dear Vin Diesel, that’s why you feel free. I want to see you with two or three children in your car.
Sometimes traveling by car with children can turn into a real nightmare, but let’s try to adopt some survival strategies.
First of all, safety: newborns on special seats that must be placed in the rear seat, exclusively in the opposite direction to the direction of travel. The front seat is less secure and the seat can only be placed if the airbag can be deactivated.
For all others, correct child seats must be used in the direction of travel, but always in the rear seat. Watch out for the belts because they could take them off if they are not properly placed. We do not compromise on these points, no whim is allowed, we are talking about security.
The sun blinds are indispensable: https://www.amazon.com/Avantina-Pieces-Window-Universal-Protect/dp/B07JGDHTJG/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=2OMLAWP8JLPET&keywords=sun+blind+for+car+window+baby&qid=1558269025&s=gateway&sprefix=sun+blin%2Caps%2C300&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
The rear-view mirrors to see better the newborns, you can find them in children’s shops or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Mirror-Car-Backseat-Shatterproof/dp/B01N78OSWP/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=baby+rear+view+mirror&qid=1558269115&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
Seat organizers can be useful: https://www.amazon.com/KNGUVTH-Backseat-Organizer-Protectors-Accessories/dp/B07GZP1FMN/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=1E219GM4HZ94O&keywords=seat+organizer&qid=1558269149&s=gateway&sprefix=seat+org%2Caps%2C689&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1
Rule applies to car transfers: progressivity. Do not start with one too long, get used to it and learn to stay in the car together, perhaps with Sunday trips to nearby cities or to other places of your choice.
Long transfers can be tiring, but the car to many people (perhaps because it is the means of transport that we use most, perhaps because it is possible to manage the timing), scares less. Certainly the baggage problem no longer exists, because there is no weight limit like on the planes and there is no difficulty in carrying a lot of suitcases like train or other means. The advantageous side is that of being able to “bring the house with you”.
Plan departures intelligently avoiding the “red dot” dates and download real-time traffic apps.
If you are traveling with a baby from the “THE WORMS” group, remember to plan a stop every two to three hours to pick him up or feed him. Always remember that it is not the babies who have to adapt to our rhythms, it is the opposite.
If you are breast-feeding with artificial milk, a baby bottle warmer can be useful (I attach a design one but you can find it in any price range):
For the whole 0-3 age group it is better to avoid early departures, interrupting the sleep of the children makes them really nervous and you risk compromising the whole day.
Moving at night can be useful because the traffic is poor, best temperatures in summer and the children will probably sleep, but make this choice only if you are at least two in driving, so you can alternate. It is mandatory to have breaks for a coffee. Stop at the first sign of fatigue.
If you travel by day, before leaving, check carefully the itinerary and plan stops, maybe not in motorway restaurants, but a few km from the tollgates there could be interesting villages, parks or other attractions. Time is wasted, but children need some pauses along the way and a nice place can be nicer for everyone than an anonymous roadside restaurant. You can plan a lunch in some greedy little place or a nice picnic, you will see that you will all be more loaded when leaving.
Organize a “carry-on bag” in which you put all the things that can be useful during the journey (changes of clothes, food, snacks, drapes, garbage bags, etc.) and arrange entertainment.
Also in this case you can reward the deserving with a diploma: “Best co-pilot, child navigator of the year, etc.”
In case of car sickness it is preferable to face the journey on a full stomach in order to reduce the feeling of nausea. Small snack before departure and during the journey helps, offer small but frequent meals of breadsticks, bread and crackers. Keeping the window half-open helps alleviate symptoms. In particularly strong cases talk to the pediatrician there are various medicines for this problem.
Do you travel a lot with the car, do you want to be super practical and do you like design? Doona 2 in 1, suitable for children from 1.8 kg to 13 kg, is the first car seat in the world that becomes a stroller. Two products at once.
At this point you just need to prepare a beautiful soundtrack to listen to and prepare for the start.
Have a good trip.