Now that we're on this side of the trip, I can honestly say it wasn't that bad. Here are some of my tips for road trips with young children:
1. Know your child. Micah has never slept in the car for a long time. When he was a baby he would fall asleep and stay asleep but ever since he turned about one he just doesn't stay asleep for very long. Sleep is important to us so we decided that the majority of our driving would be during the day. Worked great for us. The one time we drove at night was a nightmare. Micah slept for 20 minutes at a time and then would wake up whining. We didn't end up getting to the hotel until 1am. If you are confident that your child will sleep well in the car, then maybe night driving will work for you. Whatever it is, just know what will work best for your child!
2. Have plenty of entertainment! I stocked up on new entertainment for both of the boys. Some of the biggest hits were:
|Playing with his Tag Junior|
He also really enjoyed just playing with his toy cars. We brought all of his Radiator Springs cars. I gave him a cookie sheet to play on and he was set for a long time.
He loved having his Color Wonders (again, just used the cookie sheet as a hard surface) and putting stickers on paper.
We got a few books on CD that he really enjoyed listening to. And, of course, we had several DVDs for him to watch just in case. In honesty, we didn't turn to the DVDs very often (except the day he was sick, that was pretty much all he wanted). He was so entertained with everything else that he didn't want to watch anything.
|Enjoying a yummy cereal bar.|
|Climbing the playplace at one of the many McDonald's we stopped at.|
5. Have something to prop your kid's feet! We found this out about 4 hours into our trip. Micah was so uncomfortable because his poor little feet were hanging down his car seat and his legs started to hurt. We stacked a couple of suitcases/blankets/pillows so that he could straighten out his legs and he was much more comfortable!
6. This one is more about packing, but still a great tip. I'm sure you've heard to put your child's clothes for the day in a gallon bag. All accessories, etc. so they can choose their own clothes and everything is there for them. I didn't think my kids were old enough for this, but we tried it anyway. Worked great! I labeled the bags with what day the boys were supposed to wear the outfit and my hubby had no trouble getting the boys read in the morning in an outfit that I approved of! Also, we discovered that it really does save space in the suitcase (clothes were not bagged on the way home and took up way more room!). Love this tip!
That's it for now. Check back soon for my tips on doing Disney with toddlers!
|Finally! Asleep in the car!|