Not going is not an option. I've already told my mom that we'll need to stop often, but I'm not sure if there's anything else we can do.
Can you leave at night and drive through so that he'll sleep through a lot of the trip?
Do you ride sitting next to him with someone else driving so you can entertain him? Even for short trips I always ride next to him if someone else is driving.
Will he take a bottle, and can you express some milk to feed him with? I found that sometimes all ds wanted was a little nibble and that he would be content having a small snack from the bottle, which was better than having to pull over and make a half-hour stop to breastfeed every hour.
Do you have one of those mirrors for the back seat? I find it useful not only for being able to see ds while I'm driving but also for him being able to see himself and being entertained that way.
Is there any music that he falls asleep to at bedtime that you can take in the car?
And definitely plan to stop often!
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I sat in the back with her and took her pacifier. (She used it for about a month from 2-3 mos.) But I think leaving early is what made it a good trip. She slept nearly the whole way, and only cried for about 2 minutes. And this was at a time when she still HATED the car. So I say, if you can, plan to leave in the middle (or beginning) of baby's long stretch of sleep.
We have some relatives that are about an 8 hour drive away, and what I've been thinking we should try is to leave very early in the morning, before Lindy would normally be awake, so we can hopefully get at least a couple of hours in before her day really starts. That way we might be able to manage 8 hours of driving. If your baby can easily fall asleep in the car when it's his normal bedtime, you might also try making the last part of the drive be after he's asleep for the night.
One thing that might make the trip more pleasant for the adults: when you're ready to stop, make sure the first place you stop is somewhere you'll be happy to stay for a while - a nice, shady park or a pleasant sit-down restaurant, say. My dd hates to get back in her car seat again too soon after stopping, so we found it was a big mistake to think we could just make a quick stop at a fast food place or gas station, then head for a park or something afterwards. She'd wake up at the first stop (if she wasn't already awake), and then we'd usually be stuck there for a while since she'd want to nurse and would absolutely not want to get back in her seat any time soon.
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