Car rides with a toddler? They make everyone a little nervous, right? You have visions of meltdowns, being stuck in traffic……and Armageddon. These five things are must haves for car rides with a toddler!
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I know.Whenever any parent thinks about long car rides with a toddler, they cringe.Toddlers are active.They love to move.What do they NOT love? Sitting in the car for extended periods of time.One of the perks of living in Los Angeles? We’re experienced car riders, thanks to the ridiculous traffic we sit in to get anywhere.One of our goals was to help Lydia get used to car rides, so that we weren’t stuck only traveling within a 5-mile radius of our home.
So what do we take with us to guarantee that car rides with a toddler won’t be Armageddon?What to Pack for Car Rides With a Toddler:
New Toys: We pack crayons, paper, toy cars, stickers and new books for each long car ride.In fact, I switch them out every week or so.Lydia has an “activity basket” in the car, and I hand it to her as soon as she starts getting antsy on a car ride.
Water and Snacks: There’s nothing like a hungry or a thirsty child stuck in a car.Be prepared.We pack a cold water bottle (with a straw so that Lydia can use it herself) and snacks in a cup so that she can feed herself if necessary.
Simple Truth Diapers: Stuck in traffic with a wet diaper? No thank you.We change to a fresh diaper right before leaving the house, and if we stop for gas … I always change Lydia’s diaper then as well.Lately we are LOVING Simple Truth Diapers.They’re free of harsh chemicals, are soft to the touch, and do a GREAT job of pulling wetness away from sensitive skin.
A Possible Pit Stop:Breaks are sometimes a necessity.Have a couple pit stop options (a park, a local ice cream shop, a museum) in mind along your route.Sometimes, it’s better to make a twenty minute stop than to push through and have total chaos.
Music, Music, Music: The power of song.Lydia is happy as a clam in the car when we have songs she enjoys.Prepare a playlist, a cd and have it ready to go (make sure it’s something you can stand).
Music, Music, Music: The power of song. Lydia is happy as a clam in the car when we have songs she enjoys. Prepare a playlist, a cd and have it ready to go (make sure it’s something you can stand).
So mamas, what are your tips and tricks for car rides with a toddler?
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