Road Trip...need suggestions

Laura - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My family is taking a vacation to Georgia in two months and I was just wondering if anybody had any tips on 10 hour road trips with a 16 month old.

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Nicole - posted on 03/22/2010

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We're going from Va to Fl next week with our 15 month old, that's a 16 hour drive! We plan on breaking it into 2 days, 8 hours each day. We'll drive for 3-4 hours, stop somewhere for lunch for a couple hours and let him out to run around, drive for 3-4 more hours and call it a day and do it again the next day. We went up to DC last Sept. when he was 9 months old, that was a 3 hour trip. He did ok on the way up, slept most of the way. On the way back we got caught in traffic and it ended up taking 5 hours to get home. He was ok until about hour 4, when he started getting cranky because he was hungry and I was out of food for him. Won't make that mistake again! He's been better in the car now that we've turned his carseat around and he can see. I'll let you know how it goes!

Kimberly - posted on 03/21/2010

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I took trips regularly with all three of my kids when they were little. The very best thing I used was the portable dvd player and special toys and snacks that are special for the trip .
Make sure that you have plenty of drinks, snacks and wipes for accidents and spills.
There was a fabulous product that I saw in a magazine once that was a desk like thing that attatched to the seat in front and covered the kids legs. That way they have a table for food, and toys. It was crash tested to be collapsible and safe. I don't know if they make them anymore, but it was called The Right Start catalog. They used to have fabulous stuff for car trips

Courtney - posted on 03/21/2010

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Thank you for posting this question!! Though I am not taking a road trip, we are moving from California to Washington State in June...and my kids will be 3 year old and 6 months old by then...so I was wondering how we were going to do the car thing! I read one of the other posts about how the little ones sleep, so my youngest is easy, but the older ones are a bit more difficult. I really like the "snacks that they don't usually have" answer...that I am DEFINATELY gonig to try! Again, great post! I needed the help too!! Good luck on your trip!!

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My huuby and I drove across country with our son last summer, he was 16 months at the time (we took 2 days to do it and we were on the road for about 8 hours each day). We bought some new toys just before leaving and he wasn't allowed to play with them until we started the trip - they were for the car only. We have a DVD player in our car so we took along some movies for him to watch. We also made frequent stops and let him get out and stretch his legs (and ours) and burn off some energy. We had CD's with kiddie songs and we would sing along. He surprised us and was very good about the trip - the second day coming home was rough though. It was a struggle to get him into his seat after a stop and he was crying a lot but by then all of us were sick of being on the road and just wanted to get home. Hope this helps a little.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/21/2010

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When my children were small you were allowed to place a portable back seat bed for children that fit across the back seat then opened over the opening of the floor with legs, covered with a quilt it was a great play pen. With speed and the # of cars today I see the need for restraint. I would be interested in hearing how you guys do it toaday. God Bless you and I hope you get lots of good advice.

LaCi - posted on 03/21/2010

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We went on an 8 hour trip with my son when he was about 13 months old. He actually slept most of the way lol. He loves car rides though, he was so fascinated by the scenery that he pretty much ignored us. I did bring about 6 of his really interactive toys though, and snacks he wouldn't normally be allowed to eat to make him happy if he got really ancy ;) The only time it got bad was when we hit a storm on the way back and were stuck in traffic for a few hours. Hope you have good luck with your trip!

Ashley - posted on 03/21/2010

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I have to agree I was one a hour long trip with a 2 yr old and she went crazy wanting to play. I was wondering I wanted to take a 4 1/2- 5 hr road trip with a 6mo. is that too early. It would be just me and him. What is your take on this one?

Anna - posted on 03/21/2010

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That is a massive trip. I would try to fly instead if at all possible. No way would I try to do that in one day. It depends how well your little one tolerates travelling of course, but it is really hard for a toddler to sit still for long periods, not to mention car-sickness etc. I would try to do it as slow as possible - don't try to do it all in one day. Have plenty of stops, often, to let your baby run around and play. Take lots of music, books, toys, food & water. Have someone sit in the back with her all the time. Make her as comfortable as possible in her car seat so she can sleep easily - like have a sunshade over the window and maybe some sort of pillow so her head doesn't flop around. Have the car seat facing forwards - going backwards causes terrible car-sickness. Good luck with that!

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