Car Trip - rather long or short do not need to make you crazy. From a young age, children can learn to amuse themselves for a while in the car. Here are some of our favorite road trip distractions:
Hanging Stroller Toys
Box of Books
Toy or Recycled Cell Phones
Lacing Cards Books on CD
Beyond having things for your child(ren) to do, we have found that ensuring that their normal schedule of nap, eating, toileting/diapering, and play is followed as much as possible is crucial to success. Even though this may require stops and extra time, it will make for happier travels. We typically start our road trips right away in the morning. Here's a typical schedule for our road trips:
We wake up, get dressed, make breakfast and then hit the road.
An easy, less messy breakfast (typically waffles - with no syrup - or bagels are consumed with travel applesauce packets and sippy cups of milk).
Drive for a couple of hours while they play in the car.
Stop about an hour before lunch to change diapers/toilet, get in some gross motor play (at a park, zoo, or children's museum), have lunch.
Get back in the car for naptime.
Stop for a quick diaper change/toilet try.
Snack in the car, followed by playtime in the car.
Reach our destination for the day by dinner time.
Obviously this is the ideal and is not always possible. However, the closer we can get to this schedule the easier and more enjoyable our time in the car is for everyone.
Read more of our thoughts about car trips in our article for the Rhythm of the Home.
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