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Summer holidays are topical. But before you can enjoy it, there is one last challenge: the long drive with your toddler. Do not panic, here are our ten tips for a ride without a hitch!
1- Leave on nap time
- If your journey lasts only a few hours, it may be wise to schedule your departure in the early afternoon. It's time for a nap: your little passenger falls asleep quickly and does not see the time pass. Without tears and without screams, the trip is more enjoyable for the whole family!
2- To ensure baby comfort
- Your toddler will have better support for a long ride if he is well settled. For example, a soft, antiperspirant grip can make your car seat more comfortable. Also, think of dressing him with soft materials to make him feel comfortable. Banish the buttons on the back and do not cover it too much, because the car seat will keep him warm! Finally, check before leaving that the air conditioning reaches without blowing too hard on him.
3- Install a car mirror
- This accessory is useful when baby is back to the road. It attaches to the headrest of the back seat, facing your child, and allows you to keep an eye on him throughout the journey. It also gives the baby the opportunity to see you and reassure you. Some car mirrors have a little extra: they make music and light to help him fall asleep quietly. Convenient !
4- Take a "survival bag"
- Searching in a suitcase at the bottom of the trunk, on a crowded highway area, to urgently find a bottle or a change of clothes? What a pain ! To escape, one thing to do: keep a bag at hand with everything that baby might need during the trip (blanket, baby bottles, jars, cakes, diapers, spares, bibs, wipes, foggers ...). We are never too far-sighted!
5- Stay zen
- Easier to say than done, but it's important! No matter what age, baby is sensitive to the tension and nervousness that sometimes prevails at the time of departure or in traffic jams. It can stress him and make him have a bad trip. It is better to make a little effort to avoid anxiety or arguing, even if everything does not go as planned.
6- Beware of the sun
- Contrary to what is often believed, windows do not stop UV. So, protect your children from the start, on the road of holidays, with sunscreen and sunglasses. The sunshade is also necessary, on the side window, or on the rear window if baby is back to the road.
7- Multiply breaks
- For safety reasons, the driver is advised to take a break every two hours. But stopping regularly on the motorway is also more pleasant for passengers, young and old. This is an opportunity to nibble, stretch your legs and have a little fun, before leaving relaxed.
8- Prevent motion sickness
- To prevent your baby from getting sick by car, you can give him a light snack, like bread, before leaving. On the way, drive smoothly and ventilate the car regularly. If the problem of car trouble is recurrent, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor: he can prescribe effective preventive treatments to your little one.
9- Provide toys and music
- To defuse car seizures, there's nothing like entertaining baby with toys, stuffed animals and books all the way down the road. Do not go out suddenly: he will appreciate them better by discovering them little by little. Music is also a good way to calm and amuse it, so your CDs of songs and nursery rhymes!
10- Paste a sticker "baby on board"
- At the back of your car, this sticker tells other drivers that you're carrying a toddler. This may make the drivers think and discourage them from following you too closely or making you a fishtail ...
Priority to safety!
- For your children to be safe in your car, their car seat must be perfectly adapted to their weight and size. From birth to age 4, they need a seat of group 0 + / 1. Check that it meets European standards. To do this, simply make sure that the seat has one of these two labels:
- To properly install the seat, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. Any "DIY" could be dangerous, in case of accident or sudden braking. Install the seat on the rear seat, preferably in the middle seat if it is equipped with a three-point seat belt.
- The law requires to put the toddlers back on the road, at least up to 9 kilos with an R44 seat and up to 15 months with an i-Size seat. This position is the safest in the car: it is recommended to keep it as long as possible. A vital precaution is however necessary: if your child is back to the road, deactivate the front airbag.
- And for maximum safety, remember to lock the doors and rear windows from the inside.
This article is taken from the parents' notebook of Picoti, the magazine for babiesfrom 9 months to 3 years