Last weekend my husband and I set off on an 8-hour road trip to Cincinnati, OH to visit one of my closest friends with Lydia in tow. This was the first time we were attempting to take a long road trip with her. When she was 6 months old we flew on a direct flight to Las Vegas to visit my sister, that was about 5 hours. Back then she slept a lot. Now that she is a year old, I was concerned about how we would keep her entertained while facing backward in her infant car seat.
The night before the trip I decided to do some research and find something quick and easy that I could prepare for her before we set off. With working full time, I tend to figure things out on the fly. Lydia knows that Mommy and Daddy’s phones are off limits. Of course, this doesn’t stop her from trying to steal them and crawl away as fast as possible! Luckily, I kept my iPhone 4 and after doing a little research, I stumbled upon the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case by Fisher Price.
The case itself has fun toys on it and the back of it has a mirror that she can look at herself in. You have the option to put the iPhone inside blocking the home button or not (depending on how well your child knows how to use the phone). Imagine Lydia’s surprise when she found out she had a phone of her own that she could use and not have it taken away!
I think I would consider myself a lucky mom because Lydia is extremely easy to please and 90% of the time is a very happy child. There are 3 keys we found that allowed us to only make 2 short stops on both legs of our trip:
- Find a new toy that your child has never seen or used before that is interactive. This will keep them occupied for at least an hour.
- Sit in the back to keep the baby company for part of the trip. My husband spent about 2 hours of each leg in the back with her (he does not like driving).
- Feed on the go. While my husband sat in the back seat he gave Lydia squeeze packs and bottles.
We had a great time on our trip and were so happy Lydia made both trips only one day apart without much fuss! Unfortunately, I was out of character and did not take a lot of pictures. I think my exhaustion from the last few weeks caught up with me and I didn’t feel motivated enough to bother. Rob did manage to snap this picture of her smiling as we drove with her new toy!
What tips do you have?