So we have an unexpected road trip that I would -very much- like to do at the end of March. Our daughter will be 4 months almost exactly. It's 8 hours give or take without stopping.
She hates the car right now, and will cry for between 5-20 minutes before conking out and sleeping for the rest of the drive. We're trying different things to help this, but right now, not much seems to make a difference. I was hoping someone being back there would help her not feel alone, but it doesn't change her attitude. The only thing so far was removing the bundle me from her seat (I think not being able to see properly was a problem).
We're planning on taking out her convertible carseat and trying that, as she's currently in a bucket seat. Any other tips? She's exclusively breastfed, and still will be at that point, so obviously we'll have to stop every few hours to nurse and get out of the car. How often should I be concerned about stopping (outside of the obvious, when she's hungry)?
I'm wondering about the wisdom of trying to keep her up a bit the night before, and then leaving early morning, and hoping she'll sleep for most of the drive off and on. She normally sleeps til around 10am right now, and goes down around 1130 or midnight.
Also toying with the idea of borrowing an in car DVD player for that weekend. She is interested in shapes on the tv (specifically... hockey) and just now we're trying her with baby einstein for the first time, and she is enthralled!
Anyways, so give me your tips, tricks, concerns, things I might not have thought about... I'm not so much worried about the weekend once we're there, but very hesitant about the drive there and back.