Many couples who love to travel, especially on long drives, tend to be a little travel-apprehensive once their baby is born. Many babies, in fact even adults tend to have motion sickness during long car drives. Motion sickness results from the brain receiving confusing messages from your senses. For example, when your baby is in the backseat, her eyes see only the stationary back seat, but the motion sensors of the inner ear tell the brain that the body is moving. The equilibrium center in the inner ear is more sensitive in some babies than in others. So, it is important to keep these in mind when traveling with a baby or a toddler. Let’s look at a few tips that will help traveling with your baby a lot easier.
- Having a baby in the arms during the entire drive is going to be tiring for the mom and also uncomfortable for the baby. Above all, it compromises on the safety. So, do invest in a good age appropriate car seat for your baby. Car seats should always be mounted on the back seat. Car seats also help the baby nap comfortably. Note: Never leave baby unattended in the car seat.
- Plan your route to use straight highways and avoid going through busy towns. Frequent stops and starts and winding roads upset tiny tummies.
- Travel at nap time. The best time to start for your travel is just before the baby’s nap time. This will help with a comfortable and well-rested baby when you arrive at your destination.
- Do not feed baby heavily. Give baby a light meal before departure and take along stomach friendly snacks, fruit, juice in a non spill sipper, crackers etc
- Fill a full tank of fuel before departure. Babies are sensitive to exhaust and fumes at the petrol station.
- Provide a car seat with a view – babies get car sickness if they cannot see outside a window.
- Play games that keep baby focused on objects far away. Notice boards, banners, mountains, buildings and fields are much more tummy friendly than looking at close-up toys or colourful books.
- Fresh air is a tummy rumble’s best friend. Once in a while, open a window on each side to allow cross-ventilation.
- Medications for motion sickness are not recommended for babies under one year of age, but they can be used thereafter. Check with your doctor before a travel and stock medications to quell the nausea, vomiting and dizziness associated with motion sickness.
So, go ahead and enjoy the travel with your little one!