As baby fever sweeps the nation with the arrival of Baby Sussex (congratulations to Harry and Meghan) we take a look at some of the must have in car accessories to keep your little one happy on a road trip!
Car seat safety
Firstly, knowing how to safely fit your new baby’s car seat is essential! That first trip home from the hospital is nerve wracking enough without adding a wrestling match with the car seat into the mix! Practice before your baby arrives!!
This article has some excellent video guides.
Don't get distracted
The safest place for your baby is in the back seat. New babies are kept cosy in rear facing car seats but this means the driver can’t see them. A small mirror that fits to the rear headrest is a good solution. This means a glance in your rear view affords you a look at your little one – hopefully they’ll be sleeping soundly! It’s important to remember that you must avoid getting distracted by your mirrors and if you see your baby isn’t happy, pull over safely rather than try reaching behind you whilst driving.
Create some shade
If your car doesn’t have tinted rear windows you might want to consider getting some stick on sun shades to keep your little one comfortable. If a heatwave like 2018 hits again we’ll all be looking at ways to keep cool and handy clip on fans that can be transferred from buggy to car seat are a good idea! As with the mirrors, don’t get distracted by trying to adjust them as you’re driving along – perhaps these are best used when there is a passenger to help safely!
As they get older
New babies sleep (a lot!) and you might find the car is just the tonic they need to nod off! We’re sure many a parent is reading this who went for a drive to try to get their little one to sleep! However, as they get older keeping them occupied in the car can be a challenge. Consider toys that can hang from the car seat handle to hold their attention – anything that clips on is good so they don’t all end up on the floor!
A great accessory for front facing car seats is a clip-on cup holder! This will ensure your little one can reach for their cup when they’re thirsty without you having to root around in a bag and distract yourself from driving. Genius!
Babies don't have to mean mess!
Car seat covers can be a good idea to avoid marking or staining your upholstery. Remember if you are leasing your car, you may be charged if the upholstery is particularly marked so a small investment in covers can be worth it!
With all of these gadgets, keeping your car tidy might feel like a challenge – a handy seat back tidy is worth its weight in gold! Somewhere you can tuck toys, books and all important baby wipes!
Wonder what accessories Baby Sussex will be gifted with?