A fussy baby is no fun to take on a long car trip, so it's best to do whatever you can to make baby feel more comfortable. Parents can try to make car rides a bit smoother by bringing along some fun accessories for baby, or playing games to distract and entertain. The next time you're going on a family trip in the car, try these seven ways to make riding the car smoother with baby or toddler.
1. Baby Elephant Ears
Baby Elephant Ears is a multi-use headrest providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort for babies -- and they're designed to look like adorable elephant ears! Baby Elephant Ears go wherever baby goes -- stroller, swing, carseat, changing table, etc. The headrests are fully washable and require no attachments, straps or special skills and they're offered in diverse prints and organics. The superior design and durability of these headrests make them the perfect gift for parents! Winner of this year's Huggies MomInspired Award!
Pully Palz are the first ever baby toys that actually help babies retrieve their own pacifiers! They're interactive and entertaining to keep baby distracted and helpful for parents who no longer have to play the "pacifier game." The innovative and developmentally beneficial toy keeps pacifiers in view and in reach to keep them clean. Pully Palz hold most pacifiers and some teethers and attach to baby carriers, bouncers and more.
3. Bring plenty of snacks and water
Having some healthy on the go snacks for baby and toddler will definitely come in handy when baby starts getting fussy. Pack your own snacks like crackers, cereal and fruit that won't make too much of a mess and will save you money so you don't have to buy food on the road. Also try to have some wet wipes on hand for easy clean up.
4. Plan your trip according to baby's nap time
You'll have a much smoother car ride if your trip coincides with baby's regularly scheduled nap time. Baby will sleep through the trip (or at least most of it) so you won't have to worry about him fussing or getting cranky. Just dress baby comfortably and play some favorite lullabies and baby will be fast asleep in no time.
5. Dress baby comfortably
Baby will feel more comfortable if you dress her in some warm and snug pajamas. The Zipadee-Zip provides babies with the snug feeling of security while allowing for the freedom of pajamas. With Zipadee-Zip, babies are free to stand up, crawl, roll and move around safely. This versatile sleep garment has 7+ uses including: encourages sleep during travel, provides a germ-free environment on planes, trains and cars, prevents scratching and more. It works like magic to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep and is ideal for transitioning babies from swaddling or for babies who do not like to be swaddled.
6. Carseat Sidekick
It's simple really, most of us have been there. You are gently laying your sweet little one into their car seat, right on top of some chunky metal and straps, which you now have to dig out from under them. There has to be a better way, right? This one of a kind car seat and high chair magnetic sidekicks seat belt holder system holds the straps aside while you seat your infant and toddler. With the help of the magnetic straps, you don't have to search for the belts underneath the baby anymore. As simple as a click, these delightfully attractive balls magically attach to the car seat strap and hold them out of the way, until the little one is happily situated.
7. Little Toader AppeTEETHERS
Teething is one of the most painful development processes for babies and is just as tough on parents. AppeTEETHERS are patented, silicone teething toys free of BPA, Phthalate, PVC and lead. They provide the perfect amount of resistance to sooth babies' sore gums, and best of all the cute one-of-a-kind designs will surely make you chuckle because they look exactly like real food! The current line includes Chompin' Chicken Wing, Baby-Q Rib, Ice Cream U Scream, Nopainapple, LOL! Sucker and Broccoli Bites.
Written by Alicia Overby - Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for a subluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn't find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.
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