How to tackle a road trip with baby
Summer calls for road trips and adventures with your family, exploring new places with your little ones and offering them a world of new experiences. Travelling with your child can be exciting, especially if it's their first time, however it can also be challenging if you don’t have the appropriate travel supplies, that’s why Joie is here to provide you with everything you need to make your road trip run smoothly. From multi-terrain compact strollers to handy 3-in-1 travel cots, car seats and more, find your new must-have roadtrip accessories from Joie and discover our top tips on travelling with baby in tow here at Direct4Baby.
Sleep is by far the most important factor to consider when travelling with your baby - sticking to their usual sleep and nap schedules is vital to ensuring the trip runs smoothly and everyone is happy, therefore having a comfortable travel cot is essential. The Joie Kubbie Sleep Travel Cot (£110) is a great compact, yet cosy, cot option to take to your new destination.
This convenient travel companion is designed and engineered to be used as both a side sleeping crib, travel cot and playpen, adapting to whatever your travel needs are. With a drop down side and semi-circle side opening allowing easy access to your child and a removable bassinet so that it can change to fit your baby as they grow.
Designed with mesh lining for ventilation and the ability to turn into a bedside cot for safe side-by-side sleeping with handy wheels that allow for easy movement between rooms. The Kubbie compactly folds into its own carry bag for convenient travel storage in even the smallest spaces, perfect for your next road trip adventure.
If you’re looking for a travel cot that incorporates multiple baby-friendly features in one then look no further than the Joie Excursion Change & Bounce Travel Cot (£180) Featuring a detachable changing mat and bouncing seat above a full size bassinet so that play time, changing time and naptime options are all covered.
The bouncing seat converts into a portable rocking chair when used on the floor with cound, light and vibration attachments to either entertain or soothe your child to sleep. Perfect for on-the-go families who need convenience, this 3-in-1 travel cot is compact, easy to use and comes with a travel carry bag for simple transportation.
The key to a successful car journey with your baby is a comfy car seat. The Joie Signature i-Spin Grow Car Seat (£400) is crafted from deluxe fabrics, cosy knits and plush padding to give your little one ultimate comfort in the car. Designed to adapt to your baby as they grow with a grow-with-me infant insert to provide ergonomic support as your child develops and a rotating i-size safe seat that adapts from baby to big kid to ensure longevity, safety and convenience all in one.
This stylish and functional seat features a 7-position headrest and 6-position recline to fit your child comfortably at every stage of their early years. Complete with built in ventilation panels to allow for optimal airflow, the Joie Signature car seat is perfect for long summertime car journeys. Created with your baby’s safety in mind the Tri-Protect technology of the headrest adds an extra layer of protection with its energy absorbing memory foam along with a foolproof VeriFit installation system that allows you to never have to worry about jeopardising your child’s safety. Convenient and stylish, this baby car seat is the perfect addition to your road trip journeys for years to come.
When you arrive at your road trip destination, an all-terrain stroller designed to be able to tackle all types of groundwork is a must-have. The Joie Signature Tourist Stroller (£200) is a carry cot, infant carrier and forward-facing seat all in one that will make lightwork of all types of family adventures. Featuring adjustable reclining seat, leg rests and cushioned calf support to get the perfect position for your baby as you travel. Better yet, the Joie Signature’s clever magnetic clasps allows parents to strap in a little one with minimum fuss and the simple one-handed fold allows for quick and neat storage for travel.
This lightweight, yet sturdy stroller is perfect for any road trip destination with its all wheel suspension, smooth front swivel wheels and a simple one touch brake. Suitable from birth to toddler this adjustable stroller also features a UPF 50+ canopy with visor to protect your little one from the sun and a height adjustable handlebar to make adventuring as easy as possible for you and your family.
If you’re looking for a stroller that is lighter and more compact for travel, why not try the Joie Compact Stroller (£150), a stroller designed and engineered to make every day a holiday. This compact, lightweight buggy weighs only 6kg, comes with a custom carry bag with strap and is compatible with most car seats to make travelling with your little one a breeze.
Suitable for your baby from birth this stroller provides adjustable comfort and support for your child with reclining seats, adaptable leg rest and retractable sun, shade and rain cover, perfect for any unpredictable weather whilst travelling.
Looking for a hands-free way to travel with your child? Consider the Joie Savvy Baby Carrier (£99). Perfect for not only soaking up all of the baby snuggles but your hands are all freed up to brave the great outdoors without the additional weight of a pram - whether you’re wanting a stroll along the beach or you’re looking to adventure through a nature trail that isn’t buggy friendly, this carrier is perfect for travelling. Also ideal for a solo parent adventure with its handy autoclick magnetic buckled shoulder straps that keep your baby safe, this carrier works to provide even weight distribution to keep both you and baby comfortable all day long.
Featuring 4 carry positions so you can easily switch up your baby’s view to keep them entertained, the design of this carrier ensures your baby is safe and supported. Allowing for them to sit in their natural foetal pose in either the ‘C’ shaped spine position or ‘M’ shaped position to encourage optimal hip and spinal development. Created using breathable fabrics with a handy sun hood and windshield this carrier allows you to travel with ease no matter what the weather may bring.
Road trip with baby top tips
- Plan the timing of the trip around your baby’s schedule
If possible aim to set off on your trip at the time your child usually naps so that you can get a large part of the driving done whilst they are sleeping, eliminating the possibility of them missing their usual nap and messing up their schedule. Make sure to pack any blankets or teddy bears so that they have familiar comfort items around them whilst they are falling asleep.
- Prepare car friendly activities
If you’re travelling with a partner, we suggest one person sits in the backseat with the baby and their favourite toys and activities. Keeping them mentally stimulated on the journey helps prevent boredom which can often lead to unwanted tears and tantrums. Remember to pack their favourite snacks as a way to keep them occupied and satisfied until you are able to make a stop on the journey.
- Plan your stops in advance
If the road trip is an especially long journey make sure you plan where you’re going to stop off in advance. Keep in mind that it is recommended for babies to be in car seats for no longer than two hours at a time. Knowing where and when you’re going to get out of the car makes choosing when to feed your baby and when you can change them easier and can also help keep your baby entertained by giving them a break from the car when possible.
Ready for your Road Trip?
Now that you’re prepared with the best baby travel systems and accessories, travelling with your little one just got easier. If you’re unsure which products are best for you and your baby or you need advice on other baby-related issues get in touch with our friendly team of professionals and we will be more than happy to offer advice.