Long drive with a baby – any tips?

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    I have a 4 month old and at Easter we’re travelling from London up to the Lake District for a get together with my family.
    Getting across London then getting a train up to the Lakes on my own would be immensely impractical so planning on driving. However, starting to feel very anxious about driving that distance on my own with babe.
    Other than stop at almost every service station, has anyone got any advice for travelling long distances, alone with a baby?

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    Hi Josie,

    I had to do trips up & down the M5 2 hours each way to pick up/drop off my daughter from 18 months onwards.  Still doing it today, and she’s nearly nine!
    Babies tend to sleep a LOT in the car, I think it’s due to the motion, gentle rumbling etc – a lot of parents swear that if their baby won’t go to sleep, taking them out for a brief drive does the job.

    Just be prepared, the usual kit in a bag so you can swing off at any junction, not just a service station.  Take some interesting things to eat/play with/suck on etc (for babe, not for you!) and remember to focus on safe driving, not checking whether baby’s awake every 15 secs.  For that length of trip you should stop at least twice anyway, for your own safety.
    Other than that, relax and enjoy the journey 😉




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