How to Survive an RV Trip with Your Newborn: 6 Top Tips to Consider
Despite popular belief, having a baby doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dreams of seeing the world. In fact, there are plenty of positives when it comes to introducing your newborn to the great outdoors and RV lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to. From acclimating your child with nature ensuring that you continue to do what you love, there’s no reason you can’t continue road trips with a baby in tow.
That being said, traveling with a newborn in an RV can indeed be a huge headache if you don’t take some particular precautions. Whether you’re traveling near or far, keep the following six tips in the back of your mind if you decide to bring your new bundle of joy along on your next trip.
Do Your Homework Before You Depart
Obviously any sort of road trip requires a certain degree of planning; however, you really can’t “wing it” in terms of plans when you have your baby with you. For example, you’re likely not going to be able to do much in terms of thrills and adventure when you’re watching over a newborn. That’s why taking a feel-good RV family vacation that allows you to do something volunteering or sightseeing is ideal versus anything too physically intensive.
Babyproofing Your RV
Not all RVs are creating equal in terms of what you need to keep your baby safe and sound. Just as you’d want to keep them strapped in for a long car ride, the same rules apply during your RV adventures. Similarly, other smart babyproofing considerations for your RV include…
- Keeping your child out of the passenger seat of the RV, securing them in the back instead
- Minding anything that could possibly fall on your child while they’re traveling: any overhead bins or shelves need to be strapped in
- Ensuring that your child stays in a car seat versus riding free
Figure Out a Sleeping Space
On a similar note, it’s important to have a designated sleeping space for your child beyond their car seats. Travel bassinets are a solid idea if you don’t have room for a full, travel-sized crib within your RV. If you decide to let your child co-sleep with you, take extra care if you’re in a cramped space or consider a bassinet at the foot of your bed to avoid any accidents or falls.
Carrier, Stroller or Both?
Bear in mind that you’re going to have to get your child from Point A to Point B during your travels and will therefore have to decide whether you want to bring their strollers along. If you’re hiking with your baby or are dealing with a lot of uneven terrain, a carrier might be the ideal option. Likewise, carriers will allow you to fit more gear in your RV versus a stroller taking up excessive space.
Pack Your Emergency Kit
Having an emergency travel kit for your newborn is always a great idea, but it’s especially vital when you’re away from civilization. From extra diapers to medications and formula, the mantra “better safe than sorry” is always the one to live by when it comes time to pack up for your trip.
Be Prepared to Take It Easy
When you’re traveling with a newborn, you never know when or why you might need to head back home or to a nearby town at a moment’s notice. As such, plan to take it easy regardless of your itinerary and take any hiccups along the way with stride. There will always be other trips, after all.
Whether you’re a travel junkie that’s expecting or wonder whether you can enjoy your RV with a baby, fear not. Doing so is probably easier than you think if you follow these tips.