7 reasons why you should take a road trip with a baby
...and 1 why you shouldn’t
We set off on a 3 week road trip with an 8 week old baby just for ‘poops and giggles’. A road trip with a baby might not seem like a great idea, but we are stoked we did it! Our first road trip, little Bodhi’s first new country was bonny Scotland.
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1. You are going to be knackered anyway
No one gets through parenting without hitting a new level of being exhausted, can I get an AMEN!? Please don’t say it was just us! We thought we knew what tiredness was, but until you find yourself claiming you slept well because you closed your eyes for more than an hour within 24 hours, you just don’t know what exhausted is. In some ways it wrecks you, in some ways I found it made me feel super human to know how little sleep I could function on. So, I figured if we’re tired round the clock we might as well be tired in pretty places and set off on a road trip with a baby. road trip with a baby
2. Heightened memories
The early days are an exciting time to make memories that will last a lifetime. Oh my, those days are euphoric! Exhausting, but euphoric. There are moments from the earlier days that will stay with me forever. At heightened times in life, we experience what is termed a flashbulb memory. This is a vivid snapshot brought on by intense moments and emotions, so essentially the first year of having a baby. If you take a road trip with a baby in the early days the memories will be some of the most vivid you ever make. road trip with a baby
3. They might just sleep better
Little Bodhi Bear slept for 7 hours on the first night of our first road trip ...I didn’t, but he did.
After 4 hours I was checking him every 20 minutes to make sure he was breathing as by this point I was so used to feeding him every few hours throughout the night. Does anyone know what that feels like?? As the trip went on we got more and more used to him sleeping for these longer stints and by the end, I was sleeping a little bit better too! WIN!
Update: On our second road trip he slept for an all time record of 10 hours! #mumbrag ... Just so you don't hate me, it's worth pointing out that he is yet to sleep anywhere near that long again! Maybe we need to go on a permanent road trip!
4. It teaches you how little you really need
Of course you do need some stuff to make life with a baby easier, but I’m sure there is a tipping point. As parents you are sold so many crazy gadgets you barely need and could certainly do without. Side note: We actually managed to avoid all this and have just bought stuff as a genuine need arose. If you are ok with a little chaos, it’s worth the money you save (which can of course be spent on travel). Having a limited space such as the boot of your car really challenges you to assess what you need for a baby. We found it quite liberating having just the essentials. road trip with a baby
5. It’s hilarious and heartwarming
Nappy explosions, giggles and tears are all part of the journey! (The tears may well be your own). I didn’t know it was possible to love something so small so much, especially when they keep you up around the clock and need you to clean their poop and sick all day. Alas, the paradox of parenting. Somewhere in amongst the delirium of a road trip with a baby we found hilarity time and time again. I doubt I could describe it, but if you go, I am sure will find what I mean.
6. Life seems easier when you get back
We loved our road trip with a baby and by the end of it felt that we were to some extent taking it in our stride, but when we got back, the contrast was surprising. After weeks on the road, we found that looking after a baby with a whole house as a base suddenly seemed a bit easier.
7. If you can do this you can do anything!
My theory is that if we hadn’t embarked upon such an intense challenge of going away we would never have believed we could do it, but because we did, it brought out courage and confidence we didn’t know we had with a baby. It did of course also challenge us almost to breaking point a few times!
What doesn’t break you, makes you stronger.
It pushed us to really think about what we were doing and how best to navigate life with a newborn. I think parenting can knock your confidence all over in numerous ways, so doing something like a road trip encouraged us both of to rise to the challenge and learn about what kind of parents we aspire to be. road trip with a baby
1 reason you shouldn’t...
Let’s be honest, if you set off on a road trip it could all go horribly wrong! You could feel totally out of your depth, miss the freedom you have foregone, make endless mistakes and end up exhausted, ...Oh, wait, that happens anyway! road trip with a baby
Being a new parent is tough so give yourself a break and make some memories...