Since past four weeks, it has been a hell HELL lot of road trips. I am not sure about my husband and daughter but I do not want to even see my car even from my balcony. There is nothing horrible than a toddler scream TODDLER SCREAMING in the car, even if you need to go to a nearby place. Although lengthy road trips are still my desired thing and I would love LOVE to go with my baby to someplace beautiful. But this time it was different, it started with my daughter and me road trip with my husband to my in-law’s place for celebrating Durga Puja, which involved daily DAILY outing morning and night to the puja pandals. This made my daughter real cranky and the temperature added some extra crankiness to the situation. Moving on, we were shifting from one location to other (back to Indore AGAIN) that again AGAIN involved long-distance travel plus the shifting to a new place(yes we can now be officially declared as bad parents).
A few months back, I wrote a blog post about road tripping with your little ones (babies), so I needed to keep abreast that up with a blog post regarding road tripping with toddlers. Since we had enough car travel now, I have learned some basics, here is my take on how to keep sane and calm while road tripping with toddlers.
Flex the rulers just a bit.
My number one rule in the car is keeping everyone happy and by everyone, I precisely mean my daughter. Whensoever we travel, I don’t hassle concerning breaking our standard rules. Like allowing consuming chocolate or some screen time within a reasonable limit, anything that keeps the peace is thumbs up by me. Since the physical and emotional strain of hearing to the screaming in an enclosed space is not worth it.
Schedule your trips just around sleeping.
Scheduling car trips just about nap times otherwise when they must be sleeping is, in general, a better idea. I have shared this earlier too that early morning or drive early afternoon or around lunch is a pretty good time to doze off that can lasts somewhere from 45 min- 2 hours. I will never suggest night driving, but if you found yourself in the situation make sure you have comfortable car seats.
Snacks, more snacks and breaks.
Yes, I am SERIOUS!! Snacks are my first obstruction when my sweetheart gets cranky in the car. mess-free finger foods and a lot of variety is the key.
Bring in soothe items.
Always keep your child’s special item or two which comforts them, odds are they’ll help in the car too.
Have an out-and-out car entertainment.
Including toys which are only ONLY accessible in a car is also a great way of maintaining the peace. My mother taught me this trick and it worked wonders believe me!! Attempt to hold off on chipping in kids toys for so long as feasible. So if the trip is only for a few hours, the toys don’t come out. You can try this trick at home too, it won’t hurt a bit!!!
When we are on the road with my daughter, it has made me do “Look, a monkey and a bird! Oh my goodness, a cow too! Ira, check out that big red bus!!! And RYHMES!! This is what currently works well for us is spotting animals, birds and vehicles outside. “!”
Make use of electronics as an only hope.
If you run out of all the above to keep them diverted and engaged for some time and in a confined space implies I concern less regarding my kids’ screen time(PLEASE DON’T JUDGE). It is obvious that they will get bored in the car more easily, looking at screens sometimes (SOMETIMES coz she has become smart enough to under the situation too!! yeah tell me she is just going to be 18 months old) distracts them from the irritable situation. So if we necessitate buying 20 minutes to make it to our subsequent pit stop after hours of driving then I’ll unquestionably pull it out, but only after consuming all other options.