Wednesday, 20 January 2016

5 Tips on Surviving A Car Journey With A Toddler

This weekend I made the 3 hour journey to Skegness for a weekend away. Usually, pre-parenthood, this would usually involve long chats, music and reading. Now it involves toddler negotiation and severe prior planning. 

Here are some of the things that I did to allow me to get to Skegness with my sanity intact.

1. Try and travel at your toddlers nap-time

If at all possible travel at your toddlers nap-time. Now your toddler may not take a nap (in which case I feel sorry for you) or it may not be possible to travel around this time. However, if it is, go then! We started our journey at around 13:30. Whilst Jack would usually nap at 12:00, we kept him awake a bit longer. He then napped for 90 minutes of the journey. That only gave us 90 mins of awake time to plan for. 

2. Take drinks and plenty of snacks

There is nothing worse than a hungry toddler. Make sure you take plenty of snacks - raisins, fruit and fruit pouches are perfect. Food is a perfect distraction. It stopped Jack having a tantrum/complete breakdown a number of times.

3. Know where the services/stops are on route

I found it really helpful to know where any services were on route. A journey of three hours with a toddler was something I was dreading. You never know if you are going to need to stop, so it's always good to be prepared. Jack sleeping on the journey there meant we did not stop. However, on the way back this information proved invaluable as we stopped for a general rest break when Jack got (majorly) cranky.

4. Keep essentials close by

I brought a backseat organiser for the car a few months ago. This has plenty of pockets where i store anything I might need on a journey. This generally includes: nappies, wipes, nappy sacks, drinks and small toys. It is easier keeping anything you may need close by and will save you frantically searching for an item as your partner drives down the motorway with no service stop nearby.

5. Put Peppa Pig (insert your child's favourite TV show here) on the tablet or a CD in the car for emergencies.

When nothing works, put Peppa Pig or Fireman Sam (insert other) on the tablet. Second to that put a CD full of nursery rhymes on. It may drive you insane but trust me, the silence will be golden!

These are just some of the things that worked for me. What tips would you give to someone travelling with a toddler or a baby? Let me know in the comments below 

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