2020!! What an incredibly strange year! The year we all stayed home!
For some this might have been a blessing; for others can’t wait to break free.
Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to help you prepare for the Christmas festivities as we have been given the freedom to travel and visit our families and mix with up to three households…Woohoo!
I am going to do this as a 3-part series to break it down and give you the time to let it sink in or pick out the bits that you need along the way.
Now, this one may not apply to you if you’re hosting the main event and if you are, good luck! Cooking for many is not my strong point, so kudos to you!
Even if you’re not planning on travelling, stick with me and you may just find something that helps – if not this year, then next!
You may never have travelled with your new baby or you may just be out of practice – myself included! So let’s figure this out together and I’ll share some of the things I have learnt in the past.
If you have a baby 6 months old or younger, you should plan to stop every 2 hours as per the Lullaby Trust’s recommendation, and you might want an adult in the back too if your baby is preterm. Yes, it’s going to take you a little longer than usual but make the most of it. Stock up on indulgent snacks in the service station and coffee (I’m a huge fan of the eggnog or ginger nut latte)…because after all; It is Christmas!
If your baby is 1 year old or younger, it’s probably not a bad idea to stop every 2 hours or so as well – Nappy changes…Feeds…a moment without baby shark playing! But at this age, it’s a little more flexible.
Toddlers and preschoolers are a little different. The aim is to get there as quickly as possible but with potty training in the mix, this might be difficult without stopping.
My planning process tips:
- Plan how long until you will need to stop
- Look for service stations around that time in the journey
- Figure out what time your little one will need to feed/sleep
- Definitely tie your travel in with the longest nap of the day
Packing for the Car Journey
Now obviously this should be supervised but a snack can help buy you some time even if it’s getting to the next safe place to stop.
If you are bottle feeding you can prepare by having a flask of boiled water, a flask of cooled boiled water and your formula prepped can really help without waiting and/queuing at a service station.
On a car journey there are no rules on screen time! If it can help get you through the journey, you can keep Peppa Pig on repeat!
Keep safe and well, and Merry Christmas!