Living 6 hours from my son's father and my former life means we are on the road a lot. And here we ago again today. We've been visiting our old town Portland for the last 2 1/2 weeks. I had some tying-up-loose-ends appointments and wanted to see friends. Luckily my little man is a great traveller and I think adapts very well to his new surroundings; perhaps too well. He calls pretty much any house we drive up to home now. He also might have referred to my firend's husband as 'daddy' once or twice. I'm not sure if he's actually quite confused or if this is just his limited language skills shining through. Anyone else experienced this?
However being away for that long tires the best of us. And more than most this trips this one has been especially emotionally and physically exhausting. Just as I was coming to the end of my rope a few days ago, his dad returned to town and has been with him the last 3 days. So now I am rested, rejuvenated and ready to get my baby and hit the road home.
Keeping a toddler entertained during car rides is always a challenge. As recommended by other mamas I keep a large bag/basket in the front seat stocked with books, toys, snacks, soothers, sippy cups etc. ready to hand back when needed. This is especially helpful. However there are times when my son thoughtfuly passes, I mean hurls, them back when I obviously gave him the wrong thing or he's done. :( Another question... What do you do in this situation when going down the highway at 70mph?
My son's favorite car activities are a magnetic drawing board, busy books and a shoebox roadmap. The last one is an easy-to-make project I found online. Using a large shoebox, you just flip it over, and draw roads, train tracks, buildings etc. with markers. The edges of the lid keep the cars from falling. So far he likes it .
I also take his little push bike, bubbles and a ball, so we can get outside and excercise at parks or rest stops.
Especially as summer approaches, I know many of us will be on the road again. Please share any tips for travelling with toddlers. :) Happy trails!