Toddler Tips for Road Trips & Beach Fun!
6 Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers
3. Plan fun stops. We broke this trip up quite a bit. It was 4 hours to the St.Louis Zoo and then another hour to my grandparents where we spent the night. Then 4 hours to Nashville where we stayed the night and then 8 hours to Florida. We stopped at a few different parks to let Max run off some energy- I just searched for parks in the cities that we were driving through on google on my phone.
Here we are at the Zoo
5. Hope for Sleep. 🙂 We found that even if he was super tired if he had the ipad in his hands or even on with a movie on he would not go to sleep. He still screams every time he goes down for a nap at home- pounds on the door once and then crashes, so basically he needed to do the same thing in the car. We would take the ipad away, he would cry, get quiet a few minutes later and then pass out. For the most part he kept his same nap and nighttime sleep schedule even when we were in the car which was great!
All in all I think we got pretty lucky. I also have an 8 month old who is at this angel stage where she is pretty much content all the time unless she’s hungry or poopy. I took a bag of baby toys and would rotate them, she had a couple different moments of screams telling us she was tired of being in her car seat, but pretty much she slept most of the time and was entertained by watching her big brother next to her the rest of the time. Keeping Max occupied wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be and although it was ALOT of driving, I would do it again, and you’ll see why below….
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4 Tips for Babies at the Beach
So I adore the beach, I have said numerous times that my only qualm with Kansas City is that it’s too far to the beach. I totally talked my dad into taking us to the beach for my sisters spring break and it was SO fun. I was a little nervous about the ages of my kids and how they would do and I totally shouldn’t have been, it was great. Here are some of my tips:
1. Get an Umbrella– look at that adorable baby sleeping away on the beach! June is 8 months old. We took a big picnic blanket and toys and let her play while she was awake and then I wrapped her up, walked up and down the beach for a minute or two and she fell asleep to the sound of the waves and then I popped her under the umbrella. I also purchased THIS baby pool, because I had read another blogger took her baby bath tub and since we had limited room in our car I figured the pool would save space. In the end we didn’t really use the pool but that’s because we only had 2 good days of weather, I’m certain if we had been able to be at the beach more I def. would have used it.
3. Enjoy the Pool. Max liked the pool almost more than the beach. Which was good because it was kind of chilly a few days and the pool was heated so he still got to play in it. I am IN LOVE with the Puddle Jumper vest. I loved it last summer and I still love it. Seriously I don’t even have to touch him in the pool it keeps him up and he swims around and is totally independent in the water. We also took some pool toys that kept him busy.