Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
the 5 hours we drove the next day were not as pleasant... she had obviously had enough of the car on day one but the trip was doable and we'll be making it again in a few weeks.
happily married mama to DD1 4/08, 12/31/09, and DD2 5/11
DD slept or looked out the window most of the time. We don't have a DVD player. She was RF (still is) and was very comfortable and entertained herself.
Two mistakes we made - I sat next to DD in the back seat for a few hours, thinking I would keep her company or take a nap. Nope! She kicked me until I gave up and went back up front. We also turned her FF when we headed east, to keep the sun out of her eyes. That child was so overstimulated by new sights (windshield, GPS, us, then the lights on the dash when it was dark) and sounds (our normal conversation that before she tuned out) that she didn't sleep ALL DAY. Not even a nap. We turned her back at about 10pm that night.
Your DC are more resilient than you think! Best of luck!
We just did this about 2 weeks ago for my brother's wedding, it is a 12 hour drive with no stops to where he was married, so we did 2 days there and 2 days back splitting it to around 7 hours driving the first day, 8 to 9 in the car, and then 5 hours driving the second day, and on the way back did the same.
DS is 19mos and the longest trip we've managed was about 4 hours. He's a frequent nurser so the 4 hours takes closer to 6 hours. I wouldn't even attempt anything longer than 6-7 hours (and then, only if absolutely necessary) but DS is very high-needs so maybe that colors my judgement...
Anyway, DS hated the car seat 'til 9mos old when we got him out of the bucket into a bigger RF seat. I think this is also around the same time his constant spitting up subsided so that also may explain why he was happier. Anyway, so hopefully your DS will start enjoying the car more soon!
unschooling in nyc
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
DVD player is a must. Not sure if you are into "Signing Time" videos, but my DS loves them and he could watch them over and over. Great learning opportunity and then you can practice after you watch them.
I also purchased a tray for his carseat. DS loved it on our trip to FL - he could prop his books on it and play with his cars. He would put his snacks on it too. We didn't attempt coloring as I was afraid he might color on the door.
I always sit in the backseat with DS and have a bag of toys at my disposal. I purchase new toys and books for road trips. Be sure to save some of the "new" toys/books for the ride back.
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
DS on the other hand, he can ride forever, quite happily.