The festive season is fast approaching and if you’re anything like my husband an I, you’ll be up and about and barely home during this time. We’ve been a bit nervous about how we’ll be able to travel best with Aidan, mostly debating on whether flying is better than driving with a baby. But the honest truth is my husband is just scared of flying 🙈 Aidan is just his best excuse right now and you know what, I’m just gonna let it slide. We’ve since decided that we will drive to our destinations for now until he is a bit older (or until we have to go where cars can’t take us).
Okay so we’ve been trying to get Aidan oriented with his car seat and being comfortable with being in the car for some time. From the beginning Aidan has always hated his car seat and I don’t blame him cause who would enjoy being buckled down facing a seat with no idea where your going or what’s actually going on..
For the past couple of weeks, we take drives when my husband gets home and even on the weekend, here are some of tips we’ve been doing..
- I prefer to get Aidan in the car when I know that nap time is close, it makes it easier to him to fall asleep.
- Once in the car, I don’t buckle him down immediately, we just sit there in the car chatting with me and dad first.
- Only when we are mobile do I buckle him down
- I sit in the backseat with him the whole time that he’s awake and talk to him and play until he is sleeping.
- Whilst Aidan is asleep, his dad and I try to keep talking so he knows we are still around him.
- Once he wakes up, we find a place where we can make a pit stop. Then we get out of the car and take a short walk and do light stretches. This is meant to give Aidan a break from the car.
- Then if there’s no place where I can sit, we go back to the car for a feeding, burp him, then repeat from step 2.
We’ve been at this for about 2-3 weeks now and I so think he is getting a little more comfortable with the car seat because the other day we had to pick up my car from service which meant that I had to drive alone with Aidan in the back. I was really nervous that he would just cry the whole way but he actually slept the whole way back. From the moment I started driving,I just kept talking and singing to him and I guess it kept him reassured that I was still there.
Anyway.. that’s what we’ve been up to, I hope it helps any mamas that are wanting to prepare for travel with their babas. 💋