But have you thought about how you might "set up" your baby-toting vehicle?
After the car seat has been safely installed, check out these tips below on how to stock the station wagon (or mini-van).
- Baby Wipes- keep a container in the glove compartment and another in the trunk. You can never have too many and they are great for messy road trips and en-route* diaper changes!
- Diapers- Even if you have a stocked diaper bag, it's always a good idea to keep a few spares in the trunk of your car.
- Head Rest Mirror- I didn't think this was important until I took my first road trip alone with my infant. I'm always one to welcome a car nap, but when you are at the wheel and you can't just turn around to check on him, it can make you a bit crazy. Having the rearview/headrest reciprocating mirrors helped me stay calm while at the helm.
- Change of Clothes- Always. ALWAYS. Always. And it might not be a bad idea to have a change of clothes for yourself, too. Just this week I have heard of TWO mom's being in a messy situation that required a wardrobe change. Both commented about how they had extra clothing for their kids, but nothing for themselves. I keep our spare clothes in a plastic bag (that I can use to hold the messy clothes until they can be washed or, as is often the case, thrown out).
- Non-Parishable Snacks- I really don't like to bribe my kids with snacks, but sometimes there is just no way around it. I try to keep some sweet squeezie packs that I know they like and even some fruit snacks. If we are going on a road trip, I bring out the big guns and stock pile candy (go ahead, judge me, but remember this conversation when Karmama comes around your way ;).
By "en-route" diaper changes, I mean "the rest stop is too germ-infested for a newborn, I'll just change him on my lap in the parking lot...even if it is a blow out"- been there, done that