Now, I know this isn’t exactly art related. I had planned on writing about doing art on the road. However, my partner and I decided to drive our own cars since we would be out of town for such an extended period of time. So, I am going to simply give you my tips on traveling with a baby by yourself.
- Be Positive: Mentally prepare yourself for traveling with a baby. Know that, yes, there are moments where you are out of your comfort zone. But try to paint a positive picture in your mind of your baby being content, playing with whatever toy is at reach, looking out the window, enjoying the sounds and rocking of the car. And them easily falling asleep for normal periods of nap time.
- Be Patient: Your going to have moments where you’re just gonna have to pull over AGAIN. Maybe you tried to feed them but they wouldn’t eat. Then, two minutes down the road they are screaming. They might have a wet diaper. They might be uncomfortable. They might just be sick of being in their car seat. Just know that your trip is going to take you longer than it would if you didn’t have a baby. Just give in and maybe walk around the rest area for twenty minutes. Have patience and know that you’re going to get there eventually.
- Listen to what they like: I am fortunate with my little gal, she always seemed super relaxed when I listen to audio books. But you might have to put on lullabies (make sure you get some coffee) or maybe even try some white noise.
- Set up their toys: Get toys that hang from their car seat. That way you don’t have to have an upset baby when their pacifier gets lost on the floor. I use a mirror at my baby’s feet. She will giggle for so long just looking at herself. I also have some hanging toys that she can whack at whenever she needs more stimulation. And I keep her pacifier clipped to her. I might even throw her little stuffed animal next to her. And I often reach back (be careful driving one handed) and singing songs to her.
- Changing table: If you’re lucky enough to have a surface in the back of your car for a changing area that will be nice. But you can always just bring your little babe into the bathroom so you can pee too. There should be a changing table there.
- Figure Out Feedings: I usually just stop every hour or two to nurse my little one. When I am with someone I try to pump a couple days ahead and/or on the road so that we don’t have to stop as much. Either way, if you’re by yourself, you’re going to have to stop and feed. Figure out what is going to be best for you. If you feel uncomfortable busting out your boob at random stops, make sure you pump that milk ahead of time.
It’s no easy task traveling with a baby alone. But with the right attitude and some simple preparedness you can make it work. Besides, all the stops you’ll make will give you chance to pee again. Especially with that post baby bladder.