Recreational vehicles offer families a perfect way to get out and explore the world around them. Camping has always been a family affair and adding an RV into the mix only enhances the experience and can strengthen the bond between family members. But what about RV travel with babies? Is it possible?
Yes! Granted, you will need to make certain adjustments for a baby that you might not otherwise need to make for older children, but with a few creative tweaks, you can make your RV a safe and comfortable space for your baby.
Here are three tips to get started:
- Make sure a car seat is secured properly – If you have a towable, the car seat you use in your towing vehicle is probably not much of an issue. However, securing a car seat in a motorhome is a different story. Make sure that the car seat is attached to a seat in the motorhome that is bolted to the frame of the RV, not just to the interior. Never put a car seat in the front seats of a motorhome and always remove and store any nearby items that could harm your child while in their car seat.
- Babyproof your rig – Luckily, many RVs already come with some babyproofing elements in place, such as security latches on cabinet doors and drawers. But you can take it a few steps further by identifying and addressing any additional areas that could be dangerous to a baby exploring his or her space. For example, even a dish towel hanging from a cabinet handle or knob could be grabbed and pulled down by a baby on the move, which could open a door or drawer if not properly secured.
- Create a space for your baby – While it’s important to baby proof any areas that your child may have access to while you’re traveling or living in an RV, it’s even more critical for you to create a space for your baby to sleep and rest. You could take the DIY route and convert a specific area in your RV, such as a dining bench or a bunk bed, into a crib. But you can also purchase a portable crib, which suits small spaces. Don’t forget to take measurements to ensure whatever crib you purchase will fit where you’d like it to go. Also, consider installing softer carpet in areas of your RV where your baby will be crawling or walking.
Traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. Take a few moments and think about other ways you can make the space safe for your baby without sacrificing a lot of space or your own comfort.
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