What came to my mind when I thought about road trip with toddler for 6 hours ? An IPAD loaded with all his favorites. I started a week back, trying to download rhymes into an iOS system. And I did it, I had an hour rhymes with me. But That wasn’t enough. I can’t expose him to screen time for 6 continuous hours. I needed back up, the day before our travel I realized I could have got a car seat tray for him. I knew I was late coz it was not available in the nearby stores. So, Instead I carried a cookie tray with me.
I carried healthy food and snacks on top (fruits, nuts etc..) , then moderately healthy snacks (crackers, veggies strips), then have to hide the bribe(able) snacks ( chips, cookies, etc..). Also snacks have to be separately packed for the 3 day survival in our vacation. I had to find hideouts inside the car to fill in with snacks and toys. 3 day survivals would go back of the car. Next the toys, I carried his electronic laptop, phone, play doh, handmade puzzles, threading toys, and lots of books.
Our plan was to leave at 5 am in the morning, So I should be loading the car atlas an hour before that. I needed a pattern in arranging stuff in the car. So, I loaded the car the night before (except the fruits and milk, as I needed them to be fresh in refrigerator). loaded the toys and snacks in the back pushes of front seat and the space in the dashboard. So, that I need not carry a heavy bag occupying my leg space and also, this reduced the need to stop the car regularly.
Jivin was bathed and dressed the night before going to bed. On the day of travel, we woke him up at 4:55 am and took him to his car seat. He was cranky and whiny of course. We spoke to him, explaining how we were going on a trip and that lead to some calm. He was quiet for an hour or so. Later when he started to whine, we put on some of his favorite songs singing dancing in the car 😜☺️😊. After 2 hours, we took a break for breakfast, which almost went for 45 minutes. It gave him sometime to run around play and change of diapers. Had his breakfast too 😉.
When we resumed our journey, with a Skype chat with the grandparents. after a while he napped for an hour-long. Then again, starts all the whining, crying, kicking the car seats, again some snacks from the top helped us this time. Then, I brought out the play doh which went about for about 35 minutes. Then the threading toy, the laptop, all I can say is I managed him until we reached Chicago outskirts with all these. He got cranky when we entered into the city with the traffic and speed limits( I don’t know about him I definitely got cranky about that 😜). So, I just opened the 3rd set of snacks, to keep him busy for a while.
So, Until we reached, we did not need the IPAD, which made me want to boast about it in my blog. The story of the next 3 days, Mom Need a vacation. So, please DO NOT JUDGE ME 😊. Screen time did save me a lot 😊😜😁