Thursday, March 30, 2006

Keeping your Baby Entertained in the Car

If you have ever traveled for a long distance with a young child or an infant, you know that the ride can seem longer than it actually is! Most children or babies get uncomfortable or bored in the car, and they will let you know it by screaming, crying, or whining. My husband used to travel for his work, and our son and I used to travel with him. We would be in the car from eight o'clock in the morning to ten o'clock at night a couple of times a month. When we first started this, our son was only a couple of months old, but he still needed time to transition to the changes. Once our son was a year old, we knew the things that would keep him comfortable and content.

If you are traveling with an infant or a young baby and they are having a hard time with the ride, it could be for a couple of different reasons. One reason may be that they are not being held enough. Young babies are used to being held a lot, so you may want to try wrapping them tightly in a blanket to give them the feeling that they are being held. Another thing you can do is sit beside your baby and hold his hand, talk to him, or sing to him. This lets him know that you are close to him without holding him. Never take your child out of his car seat, no matter how upset he is. If your baby is still in an infant car seat, there are toys that strap onto the handle of the car seat. You can buy these toys at any large retail store. Most of the toys light up, sing, and have colorful and toys that make different sounds when you touch them. My son had one that sang different songs every time he spun the sun around the bar. It also lit up and had mirrors on it. Babies love toys like this, and they will keep any baby entertained for long periods of time. Another thing you can do to keep your baby content is read or talk to him. Also, make sure that you stop often enough to keep your baby's diaper changed. A dirty or wet diaper can make your child very uncomfortable, and it can cause a rash that will make your baby very irritable.

If you have a toddler or a young child traveling with you, there are a lot of different toys and games that you can buy for your car that will keep your child entertained. If you go to any large retail store, you can find a pack that hangs on the back of a car seat, and it will sit near your child's lap when it is unzipped. Inside of these packs, you can store different things like color books, markers, reading books, and small toys. Your child will be quite and content for a long time if you pack it with the right contents. Let your child pick out a few things to place inside of it, such as his favorite books and action figures. If you do not allow your child to play with markers while unattended, only pack crayons in the pack.

TV's and DVD players now come small and compact enough to put in your car. You can buy hook up's for your car for them also. If you limit your child's time for watching TV, buy educational DVD's for your child to watch, so he is not only being entertained, but he is also learning. If you do not want to listen to the show that your child is watching, most of the TV's and DVD players come with a spot to plug in earphones. Besides watching movies in the players, most of them can also be used as CD players. You can let your child listen to his favorite music while traveling!

One more thing that you can do to help keep your child quite and content in the car is pack him snacks that he likes. Buy plastic containers with lids and straw tops to pack apple slices, baby carrots, sandwiches, and juice for your child. This will also help you keep your stops at a minimum. Also, let your child bring with his favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal, so he can sleep better in the vehicle. The best thing you can do for your young child while you are traveling is pay lots of attention to him, and try to make him as comfortable as possible!

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