Keep the type of equipment you are planning to buy and transport for baby in mind when you’re choosing a new vehicle.
Will it all fit?
Infant Car Seat
Collapsible high chair
Newborn babies are tiny, but the equipment they require to be safe and happy can be quite large. In fact, it seems like the smaller they are the more gear you’ll need to carry around with you.
It’s absolutely something to keep in mind when you’re choosing a vehicle, as you’ll want one which has plenty of cargo space if you’re planning on taking long road trips on a regular basis.
Here are a few of the things you you can expect to need during that first year that will have to fit inside your vehicle.
The number one piece of safety equipment. Check to make sure the seat fits all government regulations and will take you through from infant to toddler to pre-school stages.
It’s a good idea, if the budget permits, to have a larger size stroller and a collapsible, or “umbrella” stroller on hand. The large ones are terrific for keeping baby comfortable during long walks or trips, while the smaller, portable one is ideal for smaller places, such as airplane aisles.
For a baby who’s not quite old enough to walk around, but wants to be “in the action”, up right, and entertained, an “exersaucer” is the perfect place to pop baby into while you’re packing, unpacking or just relaxing after a travel day.
At about six months, baby will be learning to sit up and is probably ready to eat more or less upright. A good high chair will provide the safety and support they need to get started right. A collapsible one is perfect to take on the road with you. Make sure you’re ready for a game of “pick up the thrown food” on a regular basis.
There’s a lot more that goes into a diaper bag besides diapers. Clothing changes, wet wipes, toys, food, cleaning supplies…maybe even an extra change of clothes for Mom or Dad. Choose one that’s easy to clean and wears well.
Baby swings and bouncy chairs have long been responsible for putting fussy babies to sleep with a gentle motion, and often music or toys to distract them. One that comes apart for easy travel might just be the ticket to a good night’s sleep after a long day of driving.
Babies love to exercise their little legs in a stand-alone or doorway jumper. The perfect way to let out some energy after sitting in a car for hours on end.
It can be tricky to give baby a comforting bath in a hotel room or home not equipped for tiny ones. Carrying along a tub system can help to calm a baby, besides clean up from a hot drive.