A Travel question :)

Morgan - posted on 05/18/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am taking our daughter on our first road trip lol!!
She's 16 months and the drive is about 15 hours, we will be stopping half way, any tips or advice on keeping her happy?
She's one of those kids who can't stay still for 5 minutes :)

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Bondlets - posted on 05/18/2011

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If she sleeps well in her carseat could you drive at night at least part of the way? We once left right before bedtime and some of our dc (not all, unfortunately) fell asleep in the van. If that isn't an option could you leave right before naptime and see if she won't sleep for a good while before you have to stop for dinner?

I don't know if your daughter is rear-facing but we put a DVD screen on the seat where she could watch a Baby Einstein DVD (we don't let our little ones watch movies so this kept her quite fascinated!).

Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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You might need to plan for more stops than that. 7 hours is a LONG time to expect a 16-month old to stay happy in the car. Plus, you're gonna have to change her diaper, right?

When we travel with my son, we tend to leave right around his usual nap-time. That usually buys us about 2-3 hours of him sleeping in the car. When he wakes up, he's usually content for another half-hour to an hour, looking at books. Then we'll stop for a bite to eat, a diaper change, and for him to stretch his legs and run around for awhile. Then back in the car, usually with one of us sitting in the back seat with him to entertain him. And we don't push it for more than two hours after that. So that's a total of about 6 hours, with one one-hour stop added on.

You can keep her amused with books and toys, but it does help to have a parent in the back seat, to pick up the toys and hand them back when they inevitably get dropped out of reach.

Oh, and bringing snacks helps. I always keep toddler-sized organic cereal bars in the glove compartment. They can work wonders to prevent a hunger-induced meltdown if no restaurant is in sight.

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Deepti - posted on 05/19/2011

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KIDS LOVE TRAVELLING. the moment u take them out they cheer up.. but u need to take frequent breaks in between ur 15 hour travel to avoid boredom and stiffness.

u can play music while travelling..play with toys and show her things visible outside.. she wud be happy..

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Louise - posted on 05/19/2011

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It is recommended that you only have your child in a car seat for no longer than 2 hours before getting them out to stretch. At 16 months she will probably sleep for a couple of hours or more but make sure she gets out frequently. Also buy a tray for your car seat so that she can eat as you travel and also have toys on it that she can play with.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/18/2011

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good luck im not sure my son is the same way i did when we took him on a 2 hour trip since he loves food and music i brought snacks n musical toys to keep him hapy

Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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Ah, okay, that makes more sense, then. I thought you were going to do the 15-hour drive all at once, with only one stop. And I was wondering if you were slightly insane, or if you had a superhuman bladder.

Morgan - posted on 05/18/2011

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My hubby wants to drive at night, but it's through the mountains and with the weather warming up there's so many animals out lol I'm to scared and won't allow him!!

Morgan - posted on 05/18/2011

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Thanks ladies

We will be stopping to eat, pee, stretch and change diapers but we will be stopping at a hotel half way and we hope to arrive mid afternoon so she's only in the car two half days rather than a whole day

We will also be leaving an hour or so before her morning nap so I hope that helps too :)

JuLeah - posted on 05/18/2011

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Have small toys and snacks at the ready. Every 1/2 hour or so, hand a new toy to her. Stop often so she can run. Is there an adult that can sit back with her, read her books, play games with her? Bring music she loves and sing with her. Good luck!

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