Good trip journey with child or toddler

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Are you going on vacation with a baby or toddler? Whether you are going on a short or long-distance vacation this Christmas season, getting to your destination safely is one of them most important factors to consider.

Babies can be picky at the best of times, but even more so when they are handcuffed to a car for hours. You want your baby to be happy during your trip to avoid breakdowns on the road. After all, a happy baby means a happy driver!

We spoke to Lesego Mashishi-Matlala, Huggies’ occupational therapy expert, about how to make traveling with a baby a breeze this Christmas season.

Prepare the car

Make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for the long journey. Fill the tank with gasoline, check the tire pressure and change the oil if necessary. The last thing you want is to break down with your baby in tow.

Always make sure your baby is in a car seat

Make sure you have a car seat that your baby can comfortably fit in, with padding and adequate head and neck support. A neck pillow offers your baby extra support and cushioning when falling asleep. A collapsible stroller and cot are ideal for saving travel space. Give your baby a variety of durable toys that will stimulate the senses and keep baby bottles and pacifiers within easy reach.

Carry out diaper changes without any problems

If you have the right diaper for your baby with you when you travel, the diaper change can be done easily. Huggies Gold diapers have an ultra-soft inner lining that absorbs moisture in seconds, ensuring your baby’s comfort. A diaper bag with waterproof lining and a shoulder strap make diaper changing easier. Small bottles with disinfectant gel are essential when changing your baby’s diaper when traveling. Sealing bags are also essential for baby’s medicine and toiletries to minimize spillage in the bag.

Make regular stops

If you know that your baby has frequent motion sickness, it can be a good idea to have a container, plastic bags, wet wipes, and spare clothes on hand to change clothes in an emergency. Make regular stops during your trip so that you – and your baby – can get some fresh air and “stretch your legs”.

Pack enough clothes

Multiple hats and multiple outfits, two to three a day, are essential. Huggies Pants are ideal for babies who have just started running. They are as absorbent as your regular open diaper, but are unique in design to fit like underwear, giving babies the freedom to squirm, crawl, climb and roll so they can comfortably explore their surroundings.

Don’t forget the first aid kit

Make sure to pack a first aid kit with infant pain relievers and supplies for treating minor injuries, and have the contact details of your baby’s doctor ready in case of medical emergencies.

Invest in an inflatable baby bath

An inflatable baby bath can make bath time at your destination more comfortable. Strategically place the portable cot nearby at night and cover the cot with a mosquito net depending on the destination. Bring a night light to keep the room lighting comfortably low during diaper changes in the middle of the night.

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