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We spent the 3-day weekend at a science fiction convention in Baltimore. The trip to and from (by car) was not great, but it was worth it for a weekend that was fun for all of us!<br><br>
We figured that if we stopped to nurse for 15 minutes every hour, that would add 25% to the travel time, so a trip that normally takes about 4 hours would take 5 or 6. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> It took 7! We forgot about the extra time involved in getting off the highway, finding a place to stop, and getting back on...and the extra time for diaper changes...and the longer mealtimes for parents who are juggling a baby while eating! EnviroBaby repeatedly went from sound asleep to "I'm hungry! You're not holding me! YOU'RE TRYING TO KILL ME!!!" in 60 seconds or less <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">, and although it never took us >10 minutes to get off the road, those were some looonnggg minutes! He got particularly irritable toward the end of the trip home, and we thought it was because he wanted to roll around, but when we got home he showed us that what he wanted was to be held and cuddled. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
We were thinking that the next time we have to make a longish car trip (about a month from now) it might help to bring the manual breastpump; I probably could pump in a moving car (but not while driving!!!) and maybe he could drink from a bottle in a moving car. Seems silly to give a bottle when I'm right there, but if it spares us all from the shrieks of starvation.... Anybody tried this?<br><br>
Anyway, the actual travel was the only difficult part. He didn't mind the hotel room at all and had a great time socializing at the con and seeing the art show. I even got to attend most of the events I wanted to attend, or at least parts of them!<br><br>
I want to share one thing that worked really well for us: We packed his cloth diapers and washcloths into a mesh laundry hamper that has handles on top, packed his clothes in a pillowcase and put that in on top of the diapers, and tucked in a spare pillowcase and a nylon wetbag. We set the hamper in a "utility tub" (basically a big solid laundry basket) on the passenger seat of the car while traveling. When we arrived, we put a towel on the floor to make a changing area, set the hamper at one end, took the pillowcases out, and put the wetbag in the tub at the other end. The empty pillowcase was for dirty clothes, and the wetbag was for used diapers and wipes. We had an easy time finding everything even in the heat of the diaper change! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for the idea about the hamper and the utility tub, I think I'll try that on our upcoming trip!
 

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That is a good idea with the hamper, even as a plaything in a hotel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have had a bottle with EBM available on roadtrips and it does help alot. I also have breastfed on the road while DS is in his carseat and I am belted in, not comfy or very smart but its what I had available at the time (stuck in traffic). He didn't really take any out of the bottle but it gave him something to chew on. I also used calming and teething tablets from Hylands and a calming aromatherapy oil held under his (and my) nose to help calm us. One time nothing worked and he cryed for 15 minutes before calming down and sleeping. I was with him the whole time and we stopped but he just wouldn't calm down. Those were long minutes!<br><br>
Now that he is older, DD can amuse him for hours by being her normal goofy self! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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