In my world, car travel happens each and every day. We don’t necessarily need to be packed and ready to embark on a half-day road trip, oh no. We spend a good majority of our mornings and afternoons – and sometimes all day – in and out of the car. From school drop-offs and pick-ups to sports, sporting games, appointments, errands and other planned or last minute outings. With three kids, it seems as if we’re always on the go. But the holidays are already sneaking up on us and travel is a big part of the holiday season – so why not join me in getting started now to make sure you’re prepared?
I recently attended the 2nd annual Red CARpet Safety event — hosted by Ali Landry, sponsored by Britax and in association with Safe Kids USA. It was a fun, celebrity-filled day geared towards bring awareness to the public about child passenger safety. I always try to do my part when it comes to child safety both for my children and others, but after attending this special event for the second time, I’ve made it my mission to spread the word about the importance of car seat safety and proper car seat use.
RECIPE FOR FUN, SAFE AND EASY CAR TRAVEL
- 1 installed (and checked) convertible car seat or booster seat for each child (the seat type will depend on the age and size of your child).
- 4-5 Rockabye Music CDs
- 10 Soft toys
- 6 Water bottles
- 4 Healthy snacks (options are key!)
- 2 Window shades
- 1 Dash of sanity from mom and dad
It’s our job as parents to keep our children as safe as possible. The main ingredient for safety is a reliable car seat. The second ingredient is comfort; we want our children to be really comfortable. To accomplish that, look for a car seat that adapts to your child’s growth and designed with head safety (and comfort) features that are visibly marked and clear to read.
Music is essential for car travel and the amount of music you bring will depend on your travel time. Some of the best travel music and sing-a-long songs keep your toddler engaged and having fun. Rockabye Baby Music is a great selection that is fun for toddlers while being easy on the parent’s ears and sanity.
What recipe doesn’t include food? What hour of the day doesn’t include food if you’re my toddler? Sarah recommends making sure your riders are happy and well fed before taking off on the road. But keep water and easy-to-open-and-access snacks near your toddler during your trip.
It’s best to plan your travel around nap time – if at all possible. But remember to bring accessories to help your child settle down for a nice (and hopefully long) rest. Sarah suggests the Britax EZ-Cling Window Shades to darken the car and to protect your little one from excessive rays. It’s also best to bring familiar sleep items with you in the car (pacifier, security blanket, etc.)
MORE TRAVEL TIPS FROM BRITAX
- Always check the new car seat laws before going on a trip. You may be headed to a state with different laws, which can result in a ticket if not followed.
- With the boost of a booster seat, your older child’s body will for safely under the seat belt and he’ll be able to see out the window better.
- Make a list of playgrounds and rest stops before leaving for your trip. It’s likely that you’ll need to stop every two hours to please a squirming toddler’s mind and body.
- To entertain rear-facing riders, bring soft toys and books.
- Older children should get to choose at least one (parent-approved) toy for the ride.
Travel tips courtesy of Sarah Tilton, a Britax child passenger safety advocate and Certified Passenger Safety technician and instructor.
Luckily, our friends at Britax want to make sure you’re ready and prepared with not only helpful car travel tips and advice, but with your choice of a Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat or Britax Booster Seat as well.
Find out even more about car seat safety and how to ensure your child is safe at all times while in a motor vehicle by joining me in spreading the word during National Child Passenger Safety Week.