It’s no secret that we are a family that loves to travel – especially via road trips. We’re no strangers to taking babies on those trips, either. When my husband had a nice little chunk of time off of work between Christmas and New Years Day, I proposed we take a short family trip – even though I had just had a baby three weeks prior.
I can’t help it. I want my kids to see and experience things that they can’t see or do from home. And they are lucky enough to grow up in a really cool state (California) where we can literally be in the desert, then in the mountains, and then on a beach all in one day. At three weeks old our daughter doesn’t really understand what a vacation is, but we hope she will grow up to enjoy it as much as her brothers – who were all once tiny travelers themselves.
There are always risks when taking a newborn or a baby on a road trip. Especially in the wintertime where in some places it’s not safe to be driving around, or the temperature is just too cold to have a baby outside. We took that into consideration of course. We checked the local weather and went where we knew it would be a comfortable temperature with no extreme weather.
For this particular trip we stayed close to home by doing basically a circle around it. That way, if we needed to cut our trip short for any reason, we were always only a couple of hours away from home. Surprisingly, it still felt like we were in a very different place thanks to the diversity of Southern California.
She may have only experienced the trip from her car seat and in the wrap while I carried her, and she may have slept through almost the whole thing entirely, but I think her first vacation was a great one. Of course it won’t be her last one either. I’m already planning the next family road trip – just a couple of months away.
Have you ever traveled with an infant or newborn?