Whilst a long car journey with a baby may fill with dread, I can tell you now that it is actually easier than when you child is older. With careful planning, it is doable. My parents live 3 1/2 hours away on a good day and we have also taken the children to France a number of times by car. The added advantage of travelling in the car, is that you can take things with you that can make the journey easier. So here are my top tips for car journeys with children.
- Make sure the car seat is fitted properly before you travel. If the child is older make sure their head rest is at the correct height. Mine always seem happier if they have taken one of their cuddly toys with them. Big man also find a head rest useful.
- If your children still have naps, utilize them. Travel for an hour, stop for lunch and then all being well they will nap for a good chunk of the following journey. If they normally go to sleep at around 7pm, then if you can travel in the evening then they should be asleep.
- Know where you can stop on the way, so they can have a toilet break. Even if they say they don’t need to go, make them try. If they are only recently potty trained then consider a pull up for the journey. Unfortunately, kids can’t hold on when the traffic is at a standstill and you are in the outside lane on the M25. We have also made a day out of a long journey, by stopping half way and having lunch at a National Trust.
- Try and keep them entertained with games, audio CD’s, DVD’s and tablets.
- Take snacks and drinks with you. Whilst I would urge caution on young children eating them in the car, as choking could occur, take plenty of snacks with you on a long journey as this will be cheaper than a service station.
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