5 Strategic Tips for Road Tripping with a Baby

Road trips are a ton of fun. They’re a great way to spend time with your family or friends, clear your mind and explore new territory – all accompanied by the sweet sounds of the perfect driving playlist. But they also mean long hours spent in a confined space, which can be trying when you have a little one in tow. 

Can you imagine what it is like for us with an 8 month old and a 2 year old?  We have become experts in road trip baby entertainment.  This usually involved Keira’s favourite CD being played on repeat.  I’d rather hear A-tisket A-tasket a hundred times over than a crying baby combined with a whining toddler.  Our first few trips together taught me this lesson well. 

If you love road tripping, don’t despair! Disney Baby has some great advice for making your journey safe and fun for everyone!


 5 Strategic Tips for Road Tripping with a Baby

  1. Map your journey and plan ahead

When you’re packing for a little one, there is a lot to think about – from clothes and diapers to playthings and pushchairs, there’s plenty that baby just can’t be without. Try making lists in advance to give yourself some breathing room and to be sure that you don’t forget anything important.

  1. Ensure safe seating

When you’ve got a baby on board, safety is key. Make sure that your car seat is the right size and that it’s properly installed. Also remember to tighten the seatbelt, UAS strap and harness to keep your little one firmly in place.

  1. Take baby-breaks

Plan some stops along the way, so your baby has a chance to get outside, and more importantly, out of the car seat. Try using these breaks as an opportunity for adventure! Identify weird landmarks, beautiful scenery, or must-try meals on your route to make the journey as exciting as the destination.

  1. Create a sun shield

Sunshades, like these Mickey and Minnie ones, help keep the car cool and darken the back seat, encouraging baby to nap. Not only are they functional, but they make adorable accessories for the family vehicle!

  1. Choose tot-friendly tunes

Get yourself some baby-friendly music, to soothe and entertain your little one during the ride. Disney Baby has a selection of song and story CDs, like this Peter Pan one, and great musical anthologies, like this Disney Pixar Greatest collection, that are perfect for a long car trip.



How do you keep your little one occupied on a long car journey?


112 thoughts on “5 Strategic Tips for Road Tripping with a Baby

  1. Using a mirror on the headrest has been a life saver for us with our son ever since he was really little. Now at 2, he still loves making faces and checking in with us.

  2. I do love your tips and we too always keep kid friendly tunes going and we would have nutritious snacks and juice at hand. And of course we would take a lot of breaks!! Thanks!! 🙂

  3. We always have our 2 favourite Music With Marnie cds in the car, lots of books (even our 1.5 year old loves to read in the car), and lots of chit chat.

  4. Lots of books, colouring pages on a clip board with a crayon roll. We also have these magnetic play sets in tins that are amazing for road trips. We once drove from coast to coast across Canada so i’ve done a lot of car time! Also books on cd and such are great

  5. I honestly havent figured that one out yet… I mostly just hope they fall asleep lol. If that doesnt work then stories, music and car games.

  6. We just did a 40 day, 19 state roadtrip with a 10 month old. Lots of toys to rotate in and out, snacks, breaks and occasionally mom sitting in the back too during the extra long days.

  7. to keep them occupied. we sing, point out colors and objects out the window. make silly faces and peek a boo. read her books, dance to the radio. a toddler & a newborn are always keeping me busy!

  8. When my oldest was an only child,we frequently travelled with my sil and bil and their daughter.We took turns driving with the kids who were close enough in age to entertain each other!

  9. My kids have Leappads that they use and I get some new toys from the dollar store and put things in each of their backpacks.

  10. He loves the DVD player and now that he is talking more, I try to have a conversation with him and have him repeat words and starting to count with him. I also play music that he loves.

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