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Driving around with a baby and children in the car is one of the most stressful things for parents to do. If your child is distracting you or your baby’s upset and you can’t tend to them until you’ve stopped it can make car journeys the worst thing.
In today’s blog we’re going to give you 4 quick tips to prepare and enjoy the car journey more with your children.
1. Get a good car seat
Getting a decent quality and comfortable car seat for your baby can make journeys easier. A seat which has been designed to support the baby’s head and ensuring they keep good posture will help them remain content, especially for longer journeys. We feel it’s definitely worth spending the extra bit of cash for a seat that will last you years way beyond the new born baby stage. We’d also recommend using an ISOFIX base for extra safety.
2. Distract the baby
One of the biggest stressors on a car journey is a fidgety baby who can distract the driver. Invest in some distractions such as toys, rear seat screens, children’s music CDs or even just by talking and singing to them. All Car Leasing, a UK personal car leasing firm conducted a study called ‘Baby Driver’ which found that 89% of parents use some form of distraction with talking and music being the most popular. Here’s the infographic they created around the study if you’re interested.
3. Drive sensibly
Prepare for the journey in advance, set off with plenty of time and take your time on the road. Your stress levels will plummet if you aren’t rushing and you’re able to enjoy the drive a little more. Plus, you’re much less likely to end up in an accident, make a mistake or end up getting lost from being distracted.
4. Don’t drive if you don’t have to
If All Car Leasing’s study is anything to go by then parents with children in their car are more likely to be in an accident. Before debating a car journey ask yourself is this journey even necessary or can I walk instead? Nothing makes a journey easier than avoiding the journey completely. This will also help you save a lot of money on fuel costs so it’s a double win!
There you have it. 4 quick and easy tips to make car journeys easier for parents with children. Do you drive often with a child? Do you have any stories to share or advice?
Please let us know in the comments below and thank you for reading.