Comfortable Long Car Rides With Children

When taking long road trips with young children there are simple things that can make the trip more comfortable for young children and toddlers.

Consider the following when planning a road trip with young children.

Clothing

Choose clothing that moves and breaths. Stretch cotton shorts and tee shirts for warmer days. Jogging suits or stretch leggings for colder times. Avoid jeans in short or long lengths, which can be more restrictive. Avoid fabrics that insulate which can cause unneeded perspiring.

Slippers are preferable or socks or footies, shoes that can removed without much trouble or without help are always a winner. In weather where a coat is worn remove before starting your trip and adjust temperature in car so that outerwear is not needed.

Windows

Remember that air flows back, so opening front windows can leave little ones short of breath or make breathing a little more tedious and on days when weather seems moderate wind blowing from the front of the car can make the back seem frigid. Lower back windows slightly for fresh air. Keep a removable car shade and use even when using air conditioning. The brightness of the sunlight can be annoying even if the temperature inside the car is comfortable.



Music

Choose music that is soothing and will allow for conversation to take place. Vary the music and include songs that are enjoyed by young children: save these for when the ride gets a little long, they make a nice surprise and provide a little pick me up when there isn't a ready place to pull over.

Toys

Choose soft and bendable toys, which can be changed and allow for more imagination. Avoid bulky, big, and hard: being restrained (in car seats) is difficult enough for little ones to shift without trying to shift and hold objects like these. Don't pile a toys beside a child offer a few at a time, when there is no longer interest switch for different ones.

Timing

If you are able, plan stop-overs that coincide with your childs eating schedule; meaning if snack time is at 10:00 plan to stop at 10:00. If lunch is at 12:30 and naptime at 1:30 stop at 12:30 for lunch and change the tone of the day (rearrange toys, get favorite naptime item out) before you resume your trip.

Bottles

If your child uses a bottle opt for a few extra smaller bottles rather than larger ones, which are more difficult to handle. Bottles that are designed to be held by small hands are readily available are not prone to spills are a good choice even for older children.

Seating

When considering seating allow the same amount of space you would for an adult for a child.

Snacks

Avoid offering sticky snacks or snacks that create crumbs that fall in or on clothing or carseats when young ones take bites. Choose snacks that are easily chewed and held by little fingers. More importantly try to encourage eating on stop overs instead.

Sight Seeing

Try not to overwhelm young children with too many sights or sounds when traveling. If your child can see out of the window, don't feel the need to flood them with information about everything you pass: let them visually explore and ask questions if they are old enough.

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