Take a road trip with a toddler that pukes every time she gets in the car from motion sickness, and I guarantee you will hate life in that moment.
Okay, I’m being a dramatic. You’ll still love life. You’ll just be very, very miserable – because you’re little baby is sick, and because you’re stuck in a car with said baby.
We love traveling, and this holiday season, we’ve done a lot of it. From short road trips to long ones, our days included quite a bit of driving with two kids in tow.
My oldest, Izzie, was a breeze as a baby compared to my youngest, Cami. She’s super sensitive, and we’ve been to the emergency room with her more times than I ever have with Izzie, who is 9.
During our recent car ride traveling, we were forced to realize that Cami also is sensitive to motion and it appears that she suffers from toddler car sickness.
We would put her in the car, and she’d be fine for a short while. But about an hour or two in, and she’d puke. It never failed.
Because I was already committed to travel plans, we had to keep going forward. But, in an effort to make her more comfortable, I tried many different things to alleviate her car sickness.
Here are the tips that I found worked:
1. Put a bib on that baby!
My husband thought of this one, and initially, I wasn’t on board. I thought, “Poor baby, she’s going to be so uncomfortable wearing a bib for the whole ride.”
But, that bib was the best idea yet for cleaning up toddler car sickness.
The key is to not have just any bib. You’ll want a bib that has a pocket. These are the ones from Tommy Tippee that we use, and we absolutely love them for catching food (and vomit, apparently).
Pro tip: If baby gets car sick and vomits, have a roll of paper towels that you can stuff into the bib pocket to absorb all the mess. Gross, yes. But hey, it makes for easy clean up.
2. If possible, change your toddler’s car seat to forward facing.
Check with safety guidelines first! My daughter happened to just be at the age and weight where we could forward face her already, so that’s what we did, and it seemed to help a bit. Although, she still got car sick either way, so if you can’t forward face your toddler, you can just skip this one.
However, for people that do suffer with motion or travel sickness, facing the same direction that the vehicle can offer some relief. So, for toddlers with car sickness, it’s best (if possible!) to have them forward facing.
3. Air it out!
Heat makes car sickness worse, and can onset vomiting. I’m all about the heat since I’m almost always cold, so I throw blankets on my kids to make them more comfortable.
But that’s a big no-no for a toddler who gets car sick.
My husband made me remove a layer of our daughter’s clothes, and took the blanket away. He kept the A/C pumping, and we rolled down the window for fresh air frequently.
The cool air seemed to help a ton.
Of course, if it’s freezing outside, please don’t do this to your poor babies.
We cracked the window to let in some fresh air, and it was refreshing for all of us. My little one enjoyed hearing the wind, so it entertained her for a bit and helped keep the car sickness at bay – double win!
4. Use this amazing oil stuff.
In a desperate attempt to find a product that would alleviate my toddler’s travel sickness, I spent less than $10 on this oil:
I was so happy to read the label and see that this stuff is really just an amazing blend of essential oils that can prevent travel and car sickness.
It’s natural, and kid-friendly. Of course, because it’s essential oil, I recommend testing a small amount on your kiddo to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction.
You just dab some of this oil on your fingertip, and rub it in to your little one’s skin, behind their earlobe.
I’m happy to report that after using this oil, my baby did not vomit once on the 14 hour car ride we took from Texas to Tennessee for Thanksgiving. *heart eyes*
5. Say no to greasy foods.
Car rides = junk food. For most of us, anyway.
With stretches of two-lane highways, the golden arches of McDonald’s seem like a warm invitation back to modern society and a quick-fix to a full belly.
But beware!! We noticed that Cami would vomit pretty much after every fast food meal we had. It had to be the greasiness sitting in her belly, being slushed around by the motion from the car ride. Yuck.
So, we avoid fast food (for her, anyway). Stick to foods like crackers, bananas, and apple juice. Think of it like your toddler is sick to her stomach, and give her foods accordingly.
Got some more tips? Share what helped your toddler deal with car sickness!
My toddler’s journey with car sickness is a rough road to travel for all involved. I don’t know if one of these tips has been the solution, or if it’s a mixture of both. I’m thinking it’s the latter.
I hope these tips help your toddler with car sickness, too! If you’ve tried something else that works, please do let me know your secret remedies in the comments!