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#1 than4

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

We will be driving about 4 hours to our destination over Christmas.

Normally we would wait until DD is due to go to sleep, leave near 7pm and have her sleep in the car the whole way.  However, due to the scheduling of Christmas at the in-laws and my parents place and other stuff I would like to try to do the drive during the day rather than at night.

Any tips for travel?  If we leave near to nap time we might get close to 1 1/2 hours before we need to stop for a feed, nappy change, play etc.  But then how long to stop for.  For the time she is awake should we plan lots of stops close together eg drive for 1/2 hour then stop for a play?  Or just do a big stop (1hr?) and then do another big drive?

Thoughts and advice much appreciated.

#2 premmie_29weeks

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:55 AM

I would leave at nap time, so she sleeps the first part of the drive. When she wakes stop as soon as you can, give food and milk plus let her have a play...otherwise lots of toys, maybe some music tapes and finger foods original.gif not easy

#3 Ice Queen

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

I agree about two big drives.  We drive 2 hrs quite regularly.  We leave at nap time, he sleeps for 1.5hrs, wakes and is happy for a while and then gradually starts getting noisier and noisier.  By the time we get home he is bordering on hysterically hungry!  So we get 2 hrs without too much stress.

After you have stopped for food, quick play, nappy change I would then entertain with toys, books and a few crackers.  You could sit inthe back with them for a bit.

#4 hunter4

Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I agree with the two others about trying to do just two trips - I prefer to try and just get it over with as fast as possible.  I find with mine that getting them in and out just makes it worse, the more times we stop the harder it is to get them back into the car for the next leg..but it does depend on your kid.

Personally what I would do is start about 1/2 hour or so before nap time.  mine would be fine for that 1/2 hour, then fall asleep, then I could usually get another half hour after they woke up (but my kids were 40 min nappers).  Then just do change feed and a short play then back on the road.  As others have said you may be better off in the back seat with them for the second half of the journey. Take some books to read together and a few small toys.

good luck.

#5 Bluenomi

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

Leaving at nap time is the way to go. You might be lucky and find she sleeps longer than nomral. When DD was 11 months and having hour long naps she slept for 3.5 hours in the car which was most of our trip.

I find food is the best distraction, give her something to nibble on (if she's old enough of course)




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