Warm weather tempts us to stay in the room for the day or to hit the road for a refreshing beach. But, as the temperature soars across the country, families with kids should take extra precautions while traveling. Here are the top tips to follow while traveling with kids in the summer season.
Giving Full Attention
The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is to give your kids undivided attention while traveling. At the peak of the season, the temperature can rise by 10oC within half an hour. And children are especially vulnerable to heat-related health hazards. So, it’s extremely dangerous to leave your kid unattended in the car, even for a brief stop.
Keeping it Cool
This is a step to follow before starting the journey. It’s always better to plan to keep your car cool on a hot day. If you have to park the car somewhere under the sun, drape a light-colored blanket over the car seats. This will prevent the seats from heating up in the soaring temperature and guarantee a comfortable and pleasant ride while traveling. Using breathable fabric like the mesh on your car seat helps considerably. You can also opt for a liner on your car seat to promote easy airflow.
Baby-Proofing the Car
It’s an essential step before hitting the road with your kids. Keeping your car cool on a summer day needs a few extra gears. Always choose a baby car seat with high SPF and a low-reaching sun canopy. Click-on sun canopies are also great for toddler seats to protect the little ones from sun exposure. Also, it’s better to cover the side windows with sunshades to keep the strong glare of the sun at bay while traveling.
Keeping the Kids Healthy
Put your kids in lightweight clothing for traveling. Keep enough water and drinks for the road. If there is more than one child with you, make sure each of them has a personal bottle of drink for the journey. Keep checking on your kids regularly and don’t forget to take them out of the car once in a while. It’s better to do that as often as you can. In the case of babies, be extra cautious, as a baby should be in a car seat for not more than two hours at a stretch. Also, before putting the child in the car, always double-check the straps and buckles, as these can heat up pretty quickly. Lastly, point the rear window conditioning vents towards your kid.
An Infant Goes Viral on TikTok for Liking Heavy Metal Music
A Texas dad recently went viral on TikTok, the latest social media platform that everyone is using. He didn’t do this alone. His infant daughter is the star of the account “Heavy Metal Baby” as most of the videos are of her enjoying heavy metal music.
Heavy Metal Baby on TikTok
Marcel Desobeau is a firefighter paramedic, a musician, and a dad to his 7-month-old daughter, Lane. He uses the TikTok platform to rock out with his daughter, who is shown using drumsticks as she sits in her high chair.
What started as a video with Slipknot’s All Out Lies, which went viral in less than 24 hours with more than half a million views, ended up becoming something bigger than just a single video.
While on Good Morning America, Marcel’s wife, Liz Desobeau, said that the family is going to continue making videos, not just because they’ve gone viral and the people want more, but because their daughter Lane loves heavy metal music.
Since the age of 13, Marcel has been playing multiple instruments in bands. To this day, Marcel and Lane have drummed for many of dad’s favorite groups including Disturbed, Metallica, Rush, System of a Down, and more. They even have comments on some of their TikTok videos from band members and/or their families.
Virtual Meeting with Travis Barker
Marcel Desobeau made it to Drew Berrymore’s daytime talk show where she had a surprise for the dad. Barrymore was just one of the many who fell in love with the daddy-daughter drumming TikTok duo. She surprised the dad with a virtual meet-and-greet with Travis Barker, from Blink-182.
Travis Barker is one of Marcel’s favorite drummers. He’s an inspiration to Marcel and when the surprise was revealed, Marcel was at a loss for words. The surprise put a smile on his face.