I have an 8 hour drive ahead of me with my 11 month old. Any tips?

  • Christa
    Nov 12, 2018

    Make frequent stops and let them out to stretch and diaper changes, and snacks!! Make it fun!! Hopefully they will just sleep once you’re on the road, but maybe stop by the library and get a couple kiddo CDs or something for the drive too, to help keep them entertained, also we have a little portable DVD player that we take on trips to put on a good movie or something for baby to listen to too!!

  • Kimberly
    Nov 12, 2018

    Ill try and do that! Is it bad if he's in the car seat too long?

  • Elle
    Nov 12, 2018

    @Kimberly - try to take baby out every so often. Not good for their hips to stay locked into that position for several hours.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 12, 2018

    When I did this with my LO I made sure she was awake for a good few hours before we left. She slept half the trip! When she woke up we stopped to stretch and play and eat for a few minutes, put her back in the seat with a movie on and some toys, and she watched it and played till she fell back asleep. :)

  • Lily
    Nov 12, 2018

    Keep them up and busy, then drive as much as you can while they are sleeping. Food and new toys also help

  • Andrea
    Nov 12, 2018

    I’ve now done 8-9 hour trip with my 4y and 17m 9 times on the last calendar year. We find it best to leave after lunch and before naptime. Get a good 3 hours of driving in before stopping for a nice long dinner / rest. If you can find a fast food place with a playspace - even better. Lots of toys - we like to have a bin of toys between them that they can sort through and pick from. Then when theres a crank, we simply hand them something new. Small, new toys that they’ve never seen before are great - dollar store is amazing for this. Music / singing. Patience!!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 12, 2018

    Drive over night!!! Put pjs on after dinner and hit the road

  • Haley
    Nov 12, 2018

    Travel during their nap time! We traveled a lot the first 4 months of our little one's life and she would sleep at least half of the 7 hour trip every time. Now that she's 8 months, we bring along our tablet and let her watch a few cartoons or listen to music.

  • Kimberly
    Nov 12, 2018

    Thank you all! These are all very helpful!

  • Arod
    Nov 13, 2018

    Def all good advice - we have 1.5 yo and 3.5 and timed a little b4 nap. So they ate and played, maybe hour of driving then long nap. Stop to eat / play / stretch then def the "new toy" trick. They have some of their own toys or a toy bag and when they are over that I have my own stash to pass back as needed. **ALSO daiper cream for entire trip - good preventative - and use nighttime daipers. At least for my girls they are more comfortable and wic better. We were nervous our first big trip with both but they did great, enjoy your trip!