Car Trips

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krnj - January 30

This weekend we're going to see my friend who lives about 2 & 1/2 hours away. My son has only been in the car for about an hour ride. We're coming home the same day too so I'm worried it will be too long for him. Does anyone have any tips? Thanks!

 

Dia_ - January 30

Hi there!! How old is your lo? When my ds was 2 months we had to go for a job interview 12 hours away. It wasn't fun, but he was so young he slept most of the way. When he was 5 months old we went to my inlaws for Thanksgiving 12 hours away. I sat in the back and had lots of toys and a DVD player. He actually slept most of the way. Maybe try to schedule it when your lo is ready for a nap that way they will sleep for some of it. I took him out of his carseat often. Hope this helps!

 

krnj - January 30

Hi he's 11 months. Unfortunately our car doesn't have a dvd player but I'll bring lots of toys!

 

LisaB - January 30

We just did a 5 hour car trip with my ds we went around nap times so he would sleep for most of it then on our return we left at bed time so he slept through most- the tolls would wake him a bit but he did great. My dhs family lives 2 hours away and we see tehm often so we leave at the morning nap to go there and drive home again at bedtime. Works like a charm. Good luck and drive safe.

 

LisaB - January 30

Oh we also brought books and snacks- I will not take him out of the carseat no matter what and we never (yet) have had to pull over or stop. This past weekend when we were traveling we saw a truck over turned with the people still in it and zero activity from the police so my guess is that the outcome for them was very bad, an accident can happen so fast I would leave your lo in the car seat at all times.

 

krnj - January 30

LisaB, that's another thing, I'm so worried about getting into accidents!! I won't take him out of that seat for a minute! We're only going to stay by them a few hours & come home while it's still light out since we don't know the roads. I told dh that I'd drive going & he can drive home.

 

mcatherine - January 30

We've driven on a lot of trips since my son was born. It only dawned on us on the last trip that we needed a light for him in the backseat - so we stopped half way (it was a 5 hour drive) and bought a reading light to clamp to the top of his car seat. (like the readling lamps that attach to your bed so you can read without all of the lights on) It worked wonders! He stayed awake and played happily and my husband could see to drive without the backseat lights on. When we got home, he ate and went straight to bed. It certainly helped with the fussiness when it's dark outside at 5pm and they aren't sleepy yet!!!

 

Dia_ - January 30

I guess I should clarify...when I said I took him out of his carseat often I did not mean while driving (of course not!!). When we stopped for bathroom breaks/food/gas I would take him out. It was a 12 hour drive. But I would NEVER take him out while moving!!!!!!!!

 

LisaB - January 30

Dia I gotta admit you scared me- ah sigh of relief. krnj you should be fine- I made my dh have a red bull before the drive we where just driving this past weekend from Indy to WI and they had lake effect snow we saw three cars in the ditch, a greyhound bus and a semi- I cried a bit of the way. It was so scary- I kept looking back at my baby sleeping soundly in the back and kept on praying. Scary, scary. We moved from Phx AZ back to WI after we had our ds and one of the reasons was the traffic- scares me driving there.

 

LisaB - January 30

how old is your ds? My lo is 14 months but since about 12 months he has loved the magna doodles that will entertain my ds for a good 20 -30 minutes. They have travel ones.

 

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