We just returned from visiting family over the holiday – and we drove. A ten-hour drive each way. With a toddler. In a car seat. And we’re all still alive, and even had fun! :-)
Before we left, I did a quick Google search for tips and tricks for keeping toddlers happy on the road. I also wanted to make sure there wasn’t anything important I should be remembering to bring. What I brought ended up being enough, though there were a couple of things I later wished for. They weren’t essential, though.
I’m glad I brought:
- Lots of toys and board books to give her when she started fussing.
- Lots of finger food (snacks like Cheerios, Goldfish, raisins, and apple slices).
- Multiple sippy cups filled with water or milk.
- Music to listen to that she enjoys.
- Packages of baby wipes (DO NOT FORGET!).
We left late and drove all night, so Emma slept through most of the trip. That was a good plan.
Anytime Emma did fuss, I found things for her to do – usually playing with toys, eating, or singing to her. She loves songs like The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Pat-a-Cake that she knows the signs for.
Stay tuned for part two of this series! Find out what I wasn’t prepared for on the road trip and how we dealt with it.
♥ Share Your Thoughts ♥
Have you been on a long road trip with your baby or toddler? What helped you get through it? Were there any things you wished you had brought or you were glad you brought with you? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!