Road tripping with your baby

Last Updated on 02/06/2021 by Mandy

Roadtripping with your baby

Whether you are driving your own car, or hiring one, here are some tips to help reduce the stress of road tripping with a baby!

  • Time the drive around their sleep. Try to ensure you have a sleeping child, rather than a cranky one. If you’re in the passenger’s seat, you’ll get a nice stretch when you need to manoeuvre your body to deal with your backseat passenger’s needs.
  • Two words: Choose your playlist beforehand. If you don’t have one play the Wiggles (at least until they fall asleep).
  • Pack an old favourite toy, as well as a new toy. They will love the comfort of their favourite toy but the new toy also keeps them entertained as you get to your final destination. Hot tip: Use chain links and hook the toy (safely) so you don’t spend most of the trip spinning around, pulling toys out of the car seat or footwell below.
  • Food and drinks: Depending on the age of your baby and where they’re at with feeding stages, either pack a non-spill sippy cup with water (or drink bottle) and not-so-messy snacks. Consider sultanas, grapes, sandwiches, corn thins or rice cakes. Ok your car is going to get dirty but it’s worth it!
  • Hire car: Don’t stress. Just hire your baby seats (child restraints), prams and even portacots from Hire for Baby. They make it easy and install everything in your hire car beforehand.
  • Avoid long road trips (greater than 2 hours) if your baby has colic or is not well – it’s going to be painful for everyone. Also, consider time for stops.
  • Playground spotter: If your little one is slippery slide-ready, use Google Maps as you go on your journey to find good playgrounds nearby to break up the long drive. Yes, this is a search option and it’s awesome.


Travelling these Holidays? Call Hire for Baby! They can deliver baby equipment to your destination and have everything ready and waiting for you! If you are hiring a car, book your child restraint early. 75 locations around Australia.

They can deliver and install the seat directly into your hire car.  Hire for Baby professional fitters install high quality, clean child restraints that meet Australian standards. 

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