Question to the Parents of STW- Drive abroad with a
we drove round france for a month when my daughter was 1, worked well. Few tips…
1. make sure the a/c is working properly.
2. Plan driving to coincide with the childs day time sleeping.
3. Minimise trying to do massive distances in a single day
4. be sure to comply with the french laws on having a high viz jacket and warning triangle handy.Posted 8 years agolarrythelatheMember
my lad was breast feed. he wanted feeding EVERY two hours then changing so used to drive for one hour stints. or you can do what we do for long car drive leave in the middle of the night theres no traffic and the kid has more chance of staying asleep.Posted 8 years ago
on the over hand hes two know and love going in the camper van.big_scot_nannySubscriber
Hora, it depends almost entirely on the baby. We've done long journeys with ours, and as everyone says, as long as you take it at a relaxed pace, stop when the wee one needs to, it can be awonderful family experience. If you can, plan to stop every 2-3hrs unless babs is fast asleep, then you can get out as a fmaily and enjoy playing, walking, have snack under a tree by a river… all of these things can make the journey unstressful and a wonderful 'family only' experience.
However, it does depend on the kid.
My boy, now 4 1/2, is a dream. From 6 weeks old he travelled great, slept through the night (seruiously, 12hrs, still does always has) and was very transportable. We could drive anywhere and he was happy just being in the car (still is!). Did overnighters and then scooped him into a proper bed when we arrived, or long distances with breaks during the day.
However, our daughter (now 2)… let's just say that I am not looking forward to teenage years. Think we'll give her a ton of cash and tell her not to come back until she's married. she is still not great in the car, although better, but at 6 months we could do max 30mins then she would start screaming or vomitting or both. Hideous. She is of course, a complete daddies girl and has me wrapped around her little finger. Love them both to bits!
KevPosted 8 years agodazhSubscriber
…screaming or vomitting or both
Ah yes, the joyous experience of having the inside of your car splattered with half digested baby formula!
I've done Manc to Alps a couple of times with babies and toddlers. Best tip I can give is to drive at night. And you can drug them with Medised if they won't sleep 🙂Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
My aunt is married to a Greek Cypriot. His borther was getting married in Nicosia in 1979. I was not quite 2 years old, and my sister not yet 1.
My father, and my (Cypriot) uncle drove to Cyprus, getting lost several times on the way, including in communist Yugoslavia.
My morther took me and my sister on the plane. We sat on the runway at Heathrow for 5 hours while the air traffic controllers were on strike. We go off the plane. We got back on. By the time we arrived in Cyprus, the hotel had given away our hotel room (my father, still nowehere to be seen) and we had nowehere to stay in the middle of the night.
If you're happy for this scenario to play out,
You drive, they fly.
😀Posted 8 years ago
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