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My DD doesn't like being in the car or her car seat to begin with. She maybe will last 30 minutes in the car without a tantrum.<br><br>
We have a 10 hour car trip coming up that is unavoidable. Do you have any suggestions as to what we can do to make it more comfortable for her?<br><br>
I keep a variety of toys, snacks, and other items in the car for her, and also sit back beside her at times (if I sit there for too long, the novelty wears off, and she wants to know why I'm not taking her out of the seat).<br><br>
We plan to leave as early as we can to let her sleep some in the car seat, but we're tied to a particular check-in time at the hotel. We plan to stop and let her run around for a bit.<br><br>
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
 

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We always drove overnight and let DD sleep. Lots of snacks, drinks, and different toys were a must. We also found that anything with light was a big hit, especially for late night or early morning driving... things like flashlight keychains, glow-sticks and necklaces, and those click-on closet lights or kid-safe battery operated nightlights. Plus, she's still rear-facing, so the light didn't distract the driver.<br><br>
Oh, and music that she likes is helpful, too.<br><br>
ETA: we've taken 10-16 hour drives several times with DD (who is now 3.5), and they almost always go very very smoothly. I never sit in the back, either.
 

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We recently took a 6 hour drive with a 2.5 year old. She had a blast and is asking for more long trips. Here's what we did:<br><br>
- One movie (on iPhone) each way (60 minutes each).<br>
- Songs (on iPhone) when she requested.<br>
- Tucked away some car-friendly toys a week or two before the trip, and bought a few small new ones.<br>
- WRAPPED each individual toy in gift wrap (even the old ones).<br>
- Put each set of associated toys (Little People, plush animals, stickers + paper, etc) into a paper bag and labeled it. Ahead of time, made sure I had enough activities to pull one out each hour, each way.<br>
- Made up small baggies of snacks that she would like (strawberries, pretzels, cereal, marshmallows, etc) and had one for each hour, each way.<br>
- Had time marks so that I would know when to give her something (e.g., x:30, new snack; x:00, new toy).<br>
- Had lunch prepared and in a cooler so we could eat in the car (to make good time and have a 30-minute or so distraction while she ate).<br>
- Did the opposite of the usual advice and made very few stops (1-2 each way).<br>
- Nobody sat in the back.<br><br>
It went amazingly well. DD's not a physically active kid, so a few hours sitting down with fun toys and music was a great time for her.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My girls hated car trips. If I had to that long of a drive, I would of broken it up over 2 days because there was no way in heck I could of kept one of my toddlers in a car that long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Even now we have to stop all the time, almost every hour. I follow most of the suggestions others have already offered. Waking up early and driving never worked for us, DD1 always refused to fall back asleep.
 
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