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Tips for Road Trips

Today I'll be sharing with you some ideas.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
March 9, 2007

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Tips for Road Trips

Today I’ll be sharing with you some ideas to make road trips with the kids more pleasant for everyone.

I’ll start with the basics. Please make sure your children are in their appropriate car seats and belted in safely. Never take your child out of the car seat to comfort him in a moving vehicle. If your child is inconsolable, please find a safe place to pull off the road and park the car before removing your child from the car seat. Remember, it is okay for a child to cry sometimes, but if the child is struggling or the crying is distracting the driver of the vehicle, it's best to take a break. Planning ahead is crucial for long trips. Allow yourself extra time for unexpected stops, potty breaks, and meltdowns.

Another safety tip I would like to share is to keep a very close eye on your sleeping child in the car. New studies have found that infants could be in danger if their heads are slumped down or forward while sleeping in a car seat. This position can cut off the child’s air supply. Be sure to watch them and make certain that they are not struggling for breath at any time.

Now that everyone is safe, let's talk about some on-the-road entertainment. Of course, new vehicles are being produced with built-in entertainment centers including VCRs and DVD players. If you are in a vehicle lacking one of these and aren’t opposed to the kids watching videos, you might consider a portable DVD player. You can use an adapter to run the machine from the car battery. If you take a lot of hour-long or more trips, this might be a great investment for you. Just be sure its completely behind the driver’s seat so you aren’t tempted to take your eyes off the road!

Depending on the length of your trip, you might want to consider bringing along some snacks. Avoid any foods that are famous for being choking hazards such as popcorn, raisins, or baby carrots. If you want to bring fresh fruit, I recommend slicing it into strips or slivers to reduce the possibility of choking. Whatever you decide to bring, you should know that plenty of it will probably end up on the floor. Don’t stress the mess. You have enough to worry about. Let the chips, crackers, or cookies fall where they may. You can take care of it later!

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