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The holidays are a busy time, especially with newborn twins!
Everyone want’s to meet them, and nearly everyone wants you to make the road trip. That is just what we did this past weekend. We went on the first road trip with twin infants.
When my mom first brought up driving the twins to see her side of the family in Washington, I was so nervous! Three plus hours in the car with the twins?! What would their breaking point be?! They eat every 3ish hours so we would have to stop, change and feed them and THEN try to get back on the road.
My mind was spinning with how the hell we were going to get through their first road trip. My worried self spent a solid month planning and preparing for it. Yeah, I know I’m insane.
Anyways, my worry wart self paid off because the trip was a SUCCESS! The twins did so well on the way to and from Washington, sleeping both times. Or at least not crying. Maybe they were awake back there. But they weren’t making a peep!
We did end up having to feed them on the way there ( in the Wendy’s parking lot, in the rain) because our arrival was pushed back due to my grandpas dog passing so my mom wasn’t home to let us in. But we would have been able to make it into her house to feed and change if that hadn’t of happened.
Because of my great success with my twins first road trip, I thought I would share with you guys my best tips for how I made it happen!
Tips for a Successful Road Trip with Twins
Prepare the night before
If you’ve read more than just this post- you’d know I am ALL about preparation with my twins. The night before the trip, I packed absolutely everything that I could. Obviously I couldn’t pack things like their carseats, milk or meds. But I packed up their clothes, mine and my husbands clothes, our over night stuff, bottles, formula, snacks for us and made sure their diaper bag was in order. I threw three days worth of diapers and wipes in their diaper bag just in case.
I also prepared for the morning by laying out everyone’s clothes, prepping the coffee maker, and putting everything by the door that wasn’t going in the car over night. My goal was the morning to go as smoothly as possible, which it did!
Leave during non-rush hour times
We were leaving on a Saturday morning, so rush hour wasn’t really on my radar. But we did leave as early as we could in the AM so that there were less people in our way on the road.
When you have babies in the car, even just running to Target, stopping on the road is your enemy. If my car is stopped for more than 30 seconds, at least one baby will wake up and start crying. But if I keep moving, they stay asleep!
So if you are planning on making a trip during the work week, I would suggest looking at traffic hours and plan accordingly. It might mean that you leave at 5AM to get out of the big cities before rush hour. Which means you might have to start getting everything ready around 3AM. But it’ll make the trip go that much smoother, I am positive.
Prepare your car for feeding/changing
This is a big one. Depending on how long your trip is, you might have to stop and do the rounds with your babies. My suggestion is to have a good place to change and feed.
Yes, you can hold them in the front seat to feed, but what about changing? I learned this the hard way a few weeks before our trip.
I never realized how slanted a front seat was until I tried to change a squirmy baby in one! He kept rolling to the back of the seat and it was very difficult. So now I try to remember to bring a pillow to lay on the front seat for quick and easy changes. Plus the pillow is also helpful as a nursing prop in the car.
Another suggestion when it comes to changing and feeding- make sure you pack that stuff last so that it isn’t buried and is easy to grab. this is very helpful for when you get to your location and need to grab those babies and get them fed!
Feed and change RIGHT before you leave
When going on a road trip, you are going to want to maximum amount of travel time before having to stop for the babies. So when I say RIGHT before you leave, I mean it.
Gearing up to leave, I got the babies both situated with a bottle, started pumping, put my pump stuff away and then put babies in their car seats after a quick burp then headed out the door. We weren’t on the road more than ten minutes after they were done eating. I knew this would give us about three hours before they would need to eat again, which worked well for us!
Wear/bring a jacket
If there is even the slightest chance of rain/snow/hail on your road trip, pack a jacket. When our plans were suddenly put on hold on our way to my moms, we were stuck feeding and changing the babies in the rain in the Wendy’s parking lot.
You can feed them in the warmth of the car, yes. But you will have to stand in the rain in order to get all of their stuff together and grab them out of the car and bring them to the front seat with you. A jacket would be a smart idea.
Make minimal stops
Making minimal stops on a road trip was a hard one for us. We knew we should keep going to make life as easy as possible with the twins, but my husband and I love stopping at truck stops and shops along the way to and from my moms. There is a huge outlet mall in Centralia that we love to check out! But for the sake of our sanity, we only stopped once for me to use the restroom at a gas station.
Some sort of noise is a necessity for our twins. I have raised them with various noise through out the day from their very first days home and it makes life easier for us. But because of this, they are kept most calm WITH a noisy background.
During our trip, my husband and I either kept conversation going or turned up the radio to keep the twins calm. If you are traveling by yourself, I suggest just turning up the radio and singing your favorite songs!
What do you think of those tips? Do you have any others to share? Go ahead and share in the comments if you do! Also share in the comments if you do utilize some of my tips to let me know how your trip went!
Best of luck to you mommas this holiday season, drive safe 🙂