How to keep a 2 year old occupied on long road trips.

Kaila - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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We are moving from Minnesota to Florida and I need ideas on how to keep him occupied for the trip.

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Deborah - posted on 07/31/2010

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I'm not from America so I'm not sure how long this road trip will actuall be, but my daughter would sleep probably most of the way. Not much you can do with a 2 year old, maybe some of those magnetic etcha sketch (technically not for under 3s but just remove the little stamps and leave the pen which is usually attached by string), leave a few toys within reach of his car seat. Stop at parks and things along the way so he can strech his legs and use up some of that endless energy toddlers seem to have! Play spot the cow/sheep or whatever else you may see along the way.

Mandy - posted on 02/04/2013

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My family and I are moving from Cali to SC and I'm worried about my 2 year old lol

Amy - posted on 08/03/2010

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Portable DVD player! When my son was 2 and till this day when we drive to see my family (4 hours) that was the only thing that kept us sane and him entertained!

Sandra - posted on 08/03/2010

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We recently went on a 18 hour cartrip with our 1 year old and it went great. We left just before his normal bedtime so he would start off with sleeping. I sat next to him most of the way and he was surounded with toys that he could grab out of a basket next to him. Furthermore I took some advise that I read somewere online and that was that anything goes to make the trip as painless as possible so plenty of small snacks, his fav music, little car breaks etc etc. I think we'll get a dvdplayer for the car next year but at this time he's not that interested yet in tv so no point having it.

Good luck on your trip!!!

Dawn - posted on 08/02/2010

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We took a road trip a few months ago from Florida to Massachusetts....22 hours non-stop!! First, I would recommend spending the night at a hotel if you can....my son did so well with the daytime travel, but when it was time for "bed" he just wanted to lay down and screamed for a long time...it broke my heart :( Second, make a lot of stops....we stopped at a rest area or highway exit about every 2 1/2 hours to diaper change, get a snack and drink refill and stretch our legs. Alot of rest stops have nice grassy areas, but I would research ahead of time because a lot of stops in FL have been closed and are few and far between (on the interstate at least). Between stops we read lots of books, played with toys and puzzles, sang songs and watched DVD's on our portable player...this really was a lifesaver for me during the wee hours that he wouldn't sleep and it was too dark for toys/books. Third, I spent a lot of time thinking about the ideal car setup and decided to switch my son's carseat to rear-facing (he was 15 months old at the time); I thought the recline would be better for sleeping. I also chose to sit in the back with him while my husband drove, so I could entertain him, and tend to his needs easier. Good luck!!

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Julie - posted on 08/03/2010

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Portable DVD player, drive when he'd normally be sleeping (if you can), a secret stash of toys he's never seen, food (since he has to sit to eat anyways), try to find stops along the way that have a place for him to run around, consider sitting in the back with him



stock up on patience and accept that you may not make the time you'd like



I've never had to drive that long with my son (only 8 hours), I cannot imagine that one!



Best of luck for a safe trip!

Mindy - posted on 08/02/2010

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leave later in the evening so he will sleep most of the way and books lots of books

Abbie - posted on 08/02/2010

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I would suggest you get a portable DVD player, which plugs into the power outlet of the vehicle, and then get age appropriate movies. We did a trip 2 months ago, in MN, it was a 6.5 hour trip. we watched CARS, Monsters Inc, UP, and Shrek. Our son loves all of those movies and he is 2.5, it helped us a ton. I would also agree with lots of stops to get out and run, lots of fun snacks, and put them in comfy clothes :)

Elda - posted on 08/01/2010

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I took my then 2 year old on a 24 hour plane trip from Australia to Europe. I bought 3 or 4 new toys/puzzles but only gave him 1 at a time. It worked as he slept part of the way too.

JuLeah - posted on 07/31/2010

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A lot of stops to run- snacks, and I have gone to the dollar store - get a bag of toys and hand one out every half hour or so .... keep all the toys up front with you, so the child has just one or two at a time - keep switching so he stays interested .... ride in the back with him for a time to sign to him and read to him .... he will sleep for a lot of the trip if you time it right.

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