To make your road trip more enjoyable for both you, and your kids, make sure you do a lot of preparation to keep them entertained. Happy children = happy parents who can focus on the drive. Here are some ideas for keeping your kids entertained on the trip.
Bring along some of your child’s favorite music. While it might not be to your taste, your child will love to grove an sing to some familiar tunes. Even for younger babies, they will enjoy the sounds of kids music over ours. Some of our favorite children’s music is Choo Choo Soul, and Imagination Movers. Both something me and their dad don’t mind singing along to.
Books on CD
Thank you Denise from Books to Savour (Usbourne books), for suggesting bringing books on CD! We have a big collection of Usbourne books in our house that the kids love. We had some that came with CD’s, but it didn’t even cross my mind to bring them. H has loved hearing his stories being read to him on the go, and it’s a great alternative than always watching movies.
We will be giving away an Usborne book with CD next week! Make sure you follow on the blog, and like us on Facebook to find out how to win this, plus other prizes like an UPPA baby G-luxe stroller from Springy’s!
Before your trip, head to the dollar store and pick up a handful of toys, snacks and activities to put in a surprise bag for them. Every few hours, if they are getting restless, pick out one surprise from the bag. This new item should grab their attention for a while, and add some excitement for the trip with the anticipation of more. If you have more than one kid, put in the same items in each bag to steer away from fighting over who gets what.
Before this trip, I didn’t even know that lap trays existed. When I saw them at Springy’s, I knew they would work out great for both boys. The trays we got have a strap that goes around your child, or car seat, and it gives them a flat surface to use for colouring, reading, or playing with their toys. I have since seen other lap trays around, but I love these ones because of the high sides. It helps keep toys and food the tray.
If your vehicle doesn’t already come equipped with one already, think about grabbing a portable DVD player. You can find them pretty cheap, or even pick one up used. We lucked out and borrowed one from a friend. If you are traveling with two kids, you can even find dual DVD players, so they each get their own screen, but still able to watch the same thing. The dual payer we borrowed worked out great as H is forward facing, and Q is still rear facing.
Your road trip is the perfect time to scrap your tv viewing limitations. It will keep your child’s attention, and save your sanity when everything else fails. Pick some of their favorite movies or TV shows to give them a bit of familiarity