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Getting Over The Fear Of Driving Your Child For The First Time

Having a child is the largest responsibility anyone could have. It’s arguable that even those responsible for large companies or global initiatives have more of a responsibility to their children than the overwhelming other tasks they’ve taken on, and would probably give all that up if it meant their children were safe and well.

As you can see, this motivation is so in-built that it can sometimes manifest as worry and fear too. This is especially true when you drive your child for the first time. Until now, you’ve probably considered yourself to be a very safe or at least competent driver, but even that can be called into question (in your own mind at least) when you have your baby in the backseat.

However, the sad irony is that too much worry can cause us to have a difficult time focusing, staying calm, and driving well. This is why overcoming this worry through a few preventative measures can be a great use of your time. Let’s discuss how and why:

Make Sure The Car Seat Is Safe

All car seats should be purchased brand new. Buying second-hand can be tempting, but you can never be assured of the quality or prior damage that way. It’s also important to buy reputable models from licensed retailers, this way you can be sure of the certified quality.

Depending on the age of your child, will be fitted in the centre rear seating position, meaning they’re away from any active airbags. If there’s ever a collision, this means that your child will be the safest here, and furthest away from any side that may be hit.

This excellent guide to installing a car seat can help you makes sure your child is buckled-in and supported as much as possible.

Try A ‘Baby On Board’ Sign

The truth is that it’s not yourself you have to worry about much, it’s other drivers. This is why it’s good to have a ‘baby on board’ sign in the rear window.

This clearly states to other drivers that an infant is in your car, and this prevents anyone with a functioning mind from getting too close to your car, overtaking in dangerous circumstances, and watching their speed around you. Of course, every driver should do this anyway, but the extra nudge of clearly declaring a child on board makes that much less likely.

Stock Up On Baby Entertainment

Most parents know the sounds of nursery rhymes and baby songs playing in the car than anyone else. This can be utterly tiring at times, but often, these simple-to-hear and soothing songs can help your child feel relaxed and comfortable.

The best case scenario is that with this kind of music playing gently, your baby will fall asleep most of the time. This allows you a peaceful drive all the way home, but make sure these times are ready to go before you leave. While some time ago parents brought large baby song CD compilations with them, now it’s as simple as listening to Spotify in the car or whatever other streaming service you use. Collect a few playlists and you’re off in style.

Drive With Someone

Your first few times, you may drive with someone other than just your child, such as your partner a friend, or family member. This way you can have someone else call out directions or look for parking spots when you drive, and this may settle your nerves for having the little one in the back.

On top of that, they can help your infant become used to the car and the sensation of being driven from place to place. With your friend in the back sat next to your baby, they may help to feed him or her, or simply entertain them with some personal attention to let your baby know its safe.

Call To And Speak To The Baby

Some people speak or even sing to their baby while driving, just so they know that their parent is there and there’s nothing to worry about. This can also help you soothe yourself if you’re worried, giving you something to think about while you focus on the road.

This technique sounds silly, but your baby most likely won’t mind - they won’t be reviewing your conversation for how many interesting points you’ve brought up, for instance. To them, you are the most interesting person in the world.

With this advice, we hope you can get over the fear of driving your child for the first time, even if it takes a few trips to warm up to it.