Travel Activities for Babies
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by Laurel Smith (Road Trip
The good news is that babies
looooove to sleep in the car. The bad news is that when they want
something, they want it NOW! The best advice to follow is that as
long as baby is sleeping, just keep driving and don't stop unless you have
to. 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.
Games, Ideas and Tips for Babies:
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. Tiny
bubble containers sold for party favors are fun for this purpose.
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, such as DK
Counting Books, ABC
Books, and especially pictures human
Play Classical Music
Recent studies have indicated
that classical music may help boost baby's intelligence. That remains to
be seen, but babies and grownups can both enjoy a little Beethoven or Mozart
now and then. You can even find classical music like Baby
Mozart just for babies.
An all time classic baby
game that's perfect for the car. 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 her pop out to see you!
This Little Piggy
As long as you're stuck
in the car, you may as well get some good toe-time in with your baby. Just
in case 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). Is there really anyone
out there reading this who DOESN'T know how to play this one? :-)
Baby Music / Mother's Heartbeat on a CD
Get some tunes just for
babies such as Happy
Baby Sounds To Delight your baby. This one also includes sleep
sounds for babies and mother's heartbeat.
Sing to Baby
If possible, sit next to
baby and make eye contact. Even if baby can't sing along, she will really
enjoy your tunes, and nothing beats those old classics like Row your Boat,
Rock A Bye Baby, or Itsy Bitsy Spider. Or if you want to start baby
on some classic car songs a little early, be sure to check out this printable
page of car song lyrics! Don't like to sing?
Then try some lullaby
Car Seat Links
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!
Car seat link toys
Car Seat Activity Center toys
activity center attachs to the seat in front of your child or to the carseat.
There are many kinds. For example, look at this
one. Great for travel, this soft play surface easily attaches
to a car seat handle or the front seat of your car, within baby's reach.
Where is Thumbkin
This is a little song game
that you can try to get baby to play along by imitating you. Hide your
hands behind your back and sing "Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?"
then bring one thumb around pretend the thumb says "Here I am!" (now the
other thumb), "Here I am!" (now the thumbs are talking to each other)
"How are you today sir?" "Very well I thank you". Then sing "Run
away" (Hide one thumb) "Run away" (hide the other thumb) You can
repeat this with all the fingers (Pointer, Tall Man, Ring Man, and Pinky)
||A mirror set mounted on
the back seat lets you safely see your infant while driving your car. Baby
can also look at himself while riding in his rear-facing carseat and get
a glimpse of you too. Try the baby backseat
mirrors available at Amazon.
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, teeth, 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.
I also found this travel
tray called "Snack & Play" Travel Tray
for car seats. It's a softer-sided version of the above travel tray,
and it helps keep their things from sliding off the sides. Fits most car
Be sure to check out the section on travel freebies.
You can find some great free phone cards that are wonderful to use from
any phone, free driving directions, lots of good magazines, travel catalogs,
shopping catalogs, and books to read while on the road all for free.
For games for preschoolers and older children - Click
include bottom area 2
Smith is a former schoolteacher and mother of three who has logged thousands
of road trip miles both as a kid and a mom. Visit her website for
more than 101 travel games and activities for kids at MomsMinivan.com