Life, or what it used to be for you, seems to stop the moment your baby comes into the world. For a few weeks, your life will revolve around your baby, and it will be a rollercoaster ride of changing diapers, feeding, bathing, playing, washing bottles and clothes, and more late-night activities of feeding and changing soiled diapers. Having a baby is one of the greatest moments of a new mom’s life, and you will want to do nothing but stare at your baby and take care of him. However, life has to go on. You will have to go back to your job, do the usual activities you do around the house, and go back to what your life used to be before you gave birth. You are very lucky if you have a trusted nanny or family relative you could leave your child with as you do your chores; if not, then you have no choice but to bring your baby with you. Below are safety travel tips for mommies who are always on the go.
Is He Old Enough to Travel?
Contrary to popular belief, babies are not as fragile as you think. Yes, he may seem too vulnerable and soft, what with his floppy head and flailing little extremities, but in reality, babies are tough and resilient tiny people. Holding him will not break him, nor will it hurt him, just as long as you do it gently.
When it comes to traveling, your baby can travel soon after he comes into the world. However, there are some parents though who wait for a few days before taking their baby with them on the road. If you are apprehensive about taking him on a car trip with you, then three months is a good age for him to travel. Your baby should no longer be that vulnerable and helpless.
Do You Have the Right Car Seat for Your Baby?
One of the things you buy before your baby gets here is a car seat. However, are you really sure that the one you purchased is appropriate for your baby?
In choosing the right car seat, always check and see if it meets the standards of the federal government as well as that of the American Academy of Pediatrics or the AAP. Make sure, too, that the belts and straps properly secure the child in the seat, and see to it, too, that the car seat is appropriate for your baby’s weight.
What If the Baby is Fidgety?
Babies are attracted to colorful things, and they will always try to reach for it. Since your attention while driving will be divided, the best thing that you can do to prevent the baby from reaching for things and falling off the car seat is to make sure that everything is within his reach. For example, clip his pacifier onto his shirt so he can easily grab it; install car seat toys to keep him entertained while on the road; and play child-friendly songs that can soothe him. These things can entertain him and help you concentrate on the road.
Never drive your vehicle with your baby on board while you are under the influence of alcohol. If caught, you will be charged with DUI while intoxicated with child passenger. This could mean two years in jail and a fine of up to ten thousand dollars.
Jennifer Dae is a freelance content provider for parenting and new mom blogs. She writes about tips for taking care of newborn and infants. If you want to know more about protecting your baby while traveling, click here.