You may do your best to keep a lid on it, but stress is a big part of being a parent, and whether you’re feeling the pressure after hours of “shhing” and rocking your baby to sleep so much that your arms have gone numb or taking your baby out for the first time, you can definitely get a sense of being overwhelmed. And while getting your baby to sleep is something that can iron itself out after a while, it’s always the sense of the new that becomes a shock to the baby’s system, which is why the first time you take them out on a long journey can be a stressful experience. Their sleeping patterns can become awry, or they are just too dazzled by everything they see in the car/train/plane, that they’ll stay awake for as long as possible. Here’s what to do to make that first long journey as stress-free as possible for you.
Pick A Quiet Time Of Day To Travel
This is the biggest stress buster of all when it comes to long-haul journeys. If you’re driving, then timing it, so it’s just after the morning rush hour means you will be able to get a good chunk of the journey in or get to your destination and will reduce traffic, which is vital when you’ve got a crying baby in the back. It’s better to pick a time of day to start your journey when they’re due to have a nap, and while all babies are different, if they’re tired enough, the gentle rocking of the car will put them to sleep if they really need it.
Rest When You Need To
Not just for the baby’s sake, but for your sake too. If you’re driving a very long distance, planning ahead and breaking up your journey into manageable chunks will prove good for everyone. When picking a hotel to stay the night, it’s always best to check in advance if they have family rooms, as some simply don’t have the facilities. But some hotels provide facilities like travel cots for the baby to sleep in (but it’s best to pack a few sheets yourself if they just provide the cot), and you’d best check if they do breakfast. Places like the Club Motel Armidale deliver breakfast to the guest’s rooms, which is a lifesaver if you’re in the middle of changing a messy diaper! Once you’ve fueled up, you can be on your way.
Have Plenty Of Snacks
For the kids, but for you too. The stress of traveling somewhere new is enough, so make sure you have plenty of energy reserves. Breakfast bars, nuts, and potato chips are easy to grab and eat during a journey. As well as water, keep some drinks high in electrolyte content handy, like Gatorade, as they will help with keeping you fully hydrated, which, again, is easy to grab. It’s fatiguing to go to the shops with a baby sometimes so your first long journey won’t be a walk in the park, but if you look after yourself too, you can make it a stress busting journey.