Kids and Traveling
Having reached that stage in life (Trailer, Islabike, etc) I now need advice on how to keep my little darling (2 year old boy) happy on car journeys.
He used to be great and fall asleep by the end of the drive, but no more, so what can I keep him amused with ?
He doesn’t watch TV, so a DVD is out.
Any suggestions ?Posted 9 years agomiketuallySubscriber
Ours are not really used to being in the car as pretty much all journeys are short so are done in pushchairs or walking.
If we do need to go on a longer trip, we set off really early in the morning. Going on holiday last year we set off at 4am – just lifted them out of bed and into the car. They still managed to take it in turns to sleep, so we ended up with their CDs on all the time and we’d only taken two. Night Garden and Charlie & Lola get a little old after the first couple of hours.Posted 9 years ago
we were thinking of nursery rhyme and stuff but not sure we want to be driven mad
You just need to work on his musical taste. Ours does like those, but not sure if that’s just because it’s what he listens to most, as having played him other stuff (“classic” pop mostly) he does like that too.Posted 9 years ago
We usually travel in the evenings, give him his bottle and dose of night garden and then into the car, unfortunately he is often still awake 3 hours later.
His musical taste is mainly rock (ac/dc, etc) which is not really conducive for sleep, I wonder if that is my fault …….Posted 9 years agoStonerSubscriber
Probably not a feasible solution but we have a camper van for long journeys – big views out the windows, room for Mrs to go back and play with him for a while with space for books and toy cars. He has a tray on his seat for feeding and playing with matchbox cars and the seat reclines almost flat for kippage. Mainly we break up drives into 3 hour sessions if it;s during his awake time so that he can go for a run around, some fresh air, a bite to eat. We just leave loads of time to get places these days rather than try and cover hundreds of miles in one go.Posted 9 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I’ve got a freind who’s a gp who swore by medised for long distance travelling when his kids were younger;
1) children don’t get bored and stressed
2) adults don’t get stressed (with children and each other)
3) everyone’s ready to enjoy themselves when they get there.
There was a bloke on the radio talking about long journeys with his family;
“Here we are in berkshire and the wife’s still saying a sentence I’m sure she started when we were in Belgium”
Hell is other people.Posted 9 years agowatly_bikerSubscriber
We either travel at bedtime and they sleep pretty quickly or we have to endure charlie & lola singing and stories and many a game of looking for things difficult to spot like pink lorries, my son likes to hold onto cars but then they get dropped and this is a pain! A running commentary on what buses and lorries are around helps too.Posted 9 years ago
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