What can I do to make a long car trip enjoyable for baby?

You'll need to stop every 2-3 hours to feed and change a baby; so try to plan accordingly to make the stops fun for your older children while you are taking care of baby. Here are some fun activities you can do to make the trip more enjoyable for you and baby!


  • Bubbles - keep some bubbles in the non-spill container in the car, and blow some bubbles for baby when someone else is doing the driving. This calms a baby right down, and the big kids think it's pretty fun too.
  • Read a good Picture Book - even very young babies will respond to a good book. You don't have to read the entire story word for word, but baby will enjoy hearing your voice as you point out objects in the pictures. The best books to hold their attention are books with photos of everyday objects.
  • Play Classical Music - recent studies have indicated that classical music may help boost baby's intelligence. Babies and parents can both benefit from a little Beethoven or Mozart now and then.
  • Play ‘Peek-a-Boo’ - hide behind a book or your head rest and pop out while squealing "Peek-a-boo!" and watch baby's delight. Then cover baby's eyes for a moment and let them pop out to see you!
  • Play ‘This Little Piggy’ – on the remote chance that you don't remember this one…start with the big toe and say "This little piggy went to market...(next toe) this little piggy stayed home... this little piggy had roast beef... and this little piggy had none... and THIS little piggy (pinky toe) cried wee wee wee all the way home (as your fingers run up baby's leg for a quick tickle).
  • Sing to Baby – even if you can’t sing it is likely that baby will enjoy it!
  • Give Baby a Car Seat Toy - fun toy links to keep baby busy in the car. Babies love these link toys because they easily attach to the car seat so they won't keep getting lost. They are also great to play and chew!
  • Play ‘Where is your nose?’ - an older baby can practice learning all the parts of the body. Ask baby to show you where they are starting with his nose. Then help him find his head, mouth, cheek, ear, chin, hand, foot, tummy, shoulder, neck etc
  • Babies love Puppets - have a puppet "talk" to your baby. Let the puppet nibble her toes, and hand her things. Babies love to hug puppets too.

    We recommend:

    Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes CD
    Baby Beethoven Cassette Tape
    Baby Mozart CD DW
    Baby Beethoven CD D
    Lamaze Link Along Friends
    Tiny Love Smiles - Elephant
    Whoozit - Baby Whoozit
    Lamaze Stretch the Giraffe
    Baby Einstein ''Jane Monkey'' Puppet

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