Last week we headed up north for our first roadtrip with baby Duncan. Loaded up with sleeves of diapers, stacks of wipes, a borrowed Pack ‘n Play, and every bib we own, we took our little family from Toronto up to Sudbury, Timmins, Iroquois Falls, New Liskeard and North Bay. I’d never been north of Sudbury, so I was happy to see some more of our beautiful province.
On the drive up, the trees had just turned yellow, but by the time we were making our way south again, the trees were in full autumn reds and oranges. When we were up in Timmins, it was a cold 5C, so it was a surprise to come back home to unseasonably warm 25C weather.
We were a little bit apprehensive of taking a 6 month old on a 1-week roadtrip. Would we be stopping every 20 minutes to deal with a screaming/wet/hungry baby? Would he be able to nap on the go? Would he keep us up all night?
Fortunately, Duncan did great! We went with the flow and kept the car rides as short as possible, stopping when we could.
We took turns sitting in the back with him on the drive so that we could give him a bottle or keep him entertained. A couple weeks ago we moved him into a convertible car seat since he had outgrown his bucket seat, so that definitely helped keep him more comfortable.
Sometimes naps were skipped and bed time was a little later than usual, but Duncan actually slept better than he usually does at home, sometimes sleeping through his usual 4am quick feed.
He also loved swimming at the hotels. It was a nice way to splash away some energy after spending a few hours in the car.
Most of all, he loved all the attention he got everywhere he went. People up north are so friendly, and he returned every smile with a giggle and got loved on by everyone we encountered.
After a successful first roadtrip with baby, it’s given us the confidence to try to do some more weekend travels this fall.