4 Ideas to Help Make Your Car More Baby-Friendly

June 28, 2017

in Lifestyle

No matter how much you prepare (or think you're prepared), welcoming a new baby into the world heightens your awareness about safety and comfort.

In fact, you may even find yourself fixating on things you would've never previously given a second thought to. But, when it comes to safeguarding your car, there's plenty you can do now to help you feel prepared for your baby's arrival — both for their safety and your sanity.

1. Handle Any Maintenance

Getting somewhere quickly and efficiently matters, but you and your loved one never want to run the risk of getting stranded due to a dead car battery or flat tire. With that in mind, make sure your vehicle is safe to drive by having it professionally serviced before the baby arrives. You should also get your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles and have a mechanic give your vehicle a once-over to see if any other repairs are necessary.

Because your tires will do most of the work getting you to and from your destination, routinely inspect them for wear; if the tread is low, order a new set from a dependable retailer like BF Goodrich and have them installed by a professional. Finally, it goes without saying to ensure your fluids, including coolant and windshield wiper fluid, are topped off as well.

2. Tint the Windows

Just like the rest of us, babies don't appreciate having the sun in their eyes, especially when riding in the car. Help remedy this issue by having a dark tint added to the back windows of your car. Not only will it help get the sun out of your little one's eyes, but it can also help cool off your car by a few degrees during those hot summer days.

Be aware, however, that each state has its own laws on window tint, so consult with a professional to find out how dark you can legally go. Ignoring these rules can lead to fines and being forced to remove your tint, which could waste a lot of your hard-earned money. Additionally, it may be helpful to get a small window shade for your little one's side of the car, allowing them to stay cool and sleep easier while in the car.

3. Get a Professional Car Seat Fitting

You've read all of the mommy blogs and safety ratings and have finally decided on a car seat. Once you've completed this agonizing process, now comes the hard part: installing it properly. This is a critical element in car seat safety. Without proper installation, even the "safest" car seat can become deadly in the event of an accident.

If the manual's installation details are over your head and you need some assistance, it's well worth the investment to hire a professional car seat technician to install it properly. Actually, even if you think you installed the car seat properly, it might be worth spending a few extra bucks to hire a professional anyway. After all, this is your baby's safety we're talking about.

4. Stock Some Essentials

The transition to motherhood will no doubt be smoother when you feel like you're prepared for anything that life throws at you. The same philosophy applies to being on-the-go with your new little bundle of joy, as preparation is key.

While your diaper bag should contain everything you need, it's helpful to have spare items of virtually everything your baby needs and desires at all times. This way, in the event you run out of wipes or your baby has another blowout during your grocery run, you'll be ready to handle the situation.

Here are some baby items you should keep in your car just in case you ever need them:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • A change of clothes
  • A clean shirt for you
  • Swaddle blanket (this can be used for anything, from a burp cloth to a picnic blanket)
  • Pacifier (if your baby uses one)
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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Graham July 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

What a great list! Always love when people take the time to put these lists together. There are so many ways to increasingly make environments around your baby safer. Glad to see you've tackled the car!

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