As we approach the Summer holidays, it’s inevitable we are all going to be travelling with kids in the car, may that be babies, toddlers or older children. It could be just a trip to the beach or around town, but it could also be a much longer trip like going abroad or driving to the other end of the country.
Wherever you are going, you need to be prepared for all eventualities, especially if you are travelling with toddlers!
Last year you may recall my post on Travelling up the motorway with a baby,baby girl was 5 months old and exclusively breast-fed. I don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public so it did lead to a few difficulties, nevertheless we all survived.
This time around when we go up to Derbyshire in a couple of months we will have an 18 month old who never stops still!!!
So to begin with my top tips I want to start with safety. Please make sure you have the correct car seat for the age of your child. Make sure the straps are adjusted correctly. This Joie Elevate Group 1/2/3 is suitable from 9-36 kg. From 9 kg to 18 kg with harness, and as high back booster from 15 to 36 kg/12 years.
Baby girl – always inquisitive!
- Over at Kiddies Kingdom they have a huge range of products to help travelling with kids easier. Obviously they have car seats like the Joie Elevate, but also helpful items such as sunshades for the car, toys and seat organisers.
- Snacks, water are a must to have to hand. Plan your stops. Toddler and younger children get fidgety after a couple of hours.
- To make the journey much more fun, get them to help pack a little travel bag for the journey. Include a drink and healthy snack, easy games to play. For older children give them a map and pen to mark off the journey, or give them a couple of i-Spy books for the road. See what they can spot! This game is great for everyone young and old!
- Pack lightweight blankets to keep their legs warm and while they sleep.
- Don’t forget the wet wipes!
- Get the kids enthusiastic about the destination. Tell them what they can do there.
- Most important thing of all – MAKE THE JOURNEY FUN!
For an extension range of safe and recommended car seats for kids, you may wish to read this guide from MyKid NeedsThat.com
Do you have any top tips for surviving a car journey with kids?
As always I love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by today.
*We were kindly sent this car seat to help out with this post.