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Thread: Traveling with a Toddler - HELP!
July 30th, 2013 09:07 PM #6Senior Member
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You don't have to wear black to a funeral. Blues, grays and even brown would be totally ok.
You're gonna want to keep her entertained. Bring a favourite toy of hers. Some books to read to her. If she's seen anything disney (or heard any of the music) you can always download some music and play it in the car.
Also, you'll probably have to take some breaks every few hours. Make sure she gets to the bathroom and has a chance to stretch her legs.
Bring a blanket, in case she gets cold or wants to nap.
Last edited by mrs_anton_yelchin1990; July 30th, 2013 at 09:10 PM.
July 30th, 2013 10:28 PM #8Senior Member
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If she's a new walker she might need extra distractions. Wear colorful jangly bangle bracelets to share with her, bring along some new books, maybe let a family member hang in the back with baby if she will want to be in your lap.
July 31st, 2013 09:24 AM #10Senior Member
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I just wanted to add that we did try this trip last year doing the driving through the night idea. He slept the whole way, which was great. But then we got home and we were exhausted and he was wide awake! So if you are either great at staying awake for 2 days straight or you have people lined up to watch the baby all day while you crash, driving through the night makes sense. Since neither was true for us, starting earlier and hitting naptime and then part of the night worked better. We did not get a full night of sleep, but we got enough to be functional the next morning.
We also tried the stopping partway and staying at a hotel method when driving down w. grandparents. If your baby will sleep in a strange place easily, this is a great plan. My son spent the whole night refusing to sleep (screaming) in the hotel crib and then jumping up and down on the bed when I gave up and put him in bed w. me. It didn't help that we were all in the same room. Continuing the drive the next day was not fun.
Please let us know how it went and if you have any new tips and tricks!
July 31st, 2013 09:47 AM #12
We just did a 24 hr trip from Africa to New England with a 20 and 24 mos old. It was horrible but some saving graces:
Snacks, snacks, snacks
Comfy blanket and pillows
Run around time whenever possible
Tennis ball can with assorted small stuff to put in and take out over an over.
Hide the favorite books until departure and then the excitement over them is much higher once they get them back.*Magnolia Alice /Evangeline Wildflower/ Emmeline Willow*
*Anouk, Amoret, Cordelia, Olive, Beatrix, Eugenie, Marigold, Adelina, Ondine, Guinevere, Luna, Neve, Georgiana, Atalune, Grey, Snow, Matilda, Fleur, Sophie, Florence, Clover, Ottlilie, Sophronia, Guinivere*
*Augusten Wolf/ Rowan Silas/Atlas Wolf*
*Osias, Caius, Cashel, Westley, Fennec, Grey, Thatcher, Ignatius, Hawthorne, Benedict, Atlas, Asher, Hugo,Caspian, August *
July 31st, 2013 11:51 AM #14Senior Member
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I'd also recommend bringing a pillowcase, which you can put in the window if the sun gets to be strong on his lil' face. You may already have a sunshade of some kind, but my folks always rolled the window up on the top edge of an empty pillowcase.Married since June 2007, expecting our first child on Christmas Day, 2013
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