Recently we took a road trip from Utah County to Orange County, California for spring break. I was a little nervous to make the trip with our almost-one-year-old daughter, but planned ahead to make our trip a little easier.
I went to IKEA and bought these finger puppets for just $5 per package of 10.
I also went to Walmart and the Dollar store and picked up a bunch of toys and activities for Lily to use on our trip. I tried to buy things she had never seen or played with before to keep her attention.
She loves dogs and cats so I bought her the books above for just $1 each. I also got this puzzle below. I know she is too little to do puzzles by herself, but she LOVED taking the pieces out and playing with them. Then she would give them back to me to put back in so she could take them out again. I also LOVE buying toys that she'll "grow into" that will benefit us for more than the 3-6 months she is in her current stage.
I also packed snacks for the adults in the car. I packed them in a shallow box so they were all accessible from the top. We had an SUV with the back seats down, so I put the food on top of the two biggest bags right behind the seat I was sitting in. I put the tub of toys and presents right by it, so everything was accessible within arms reach.
Like I mentioned above, I was a
little lot nervous about going on a 10 hour road trip with Lily. She is a very wiggly baby and often times loses her patience in her car seat during a 15 minute car ride. However, we made it the whole way only stopping for gas and also lunch in Vegas for 1/2 an hour at a Subway. She never cried, never threw a fit. She didn't even get wiggly until the last 2 minutes of our ride. Although I won't take the credit for her being so well-behaved after I prayed for weeks that she would be, here are some things I kept in mind while preparing...
1. We left at 5 AM. Lily slept until 7:30, so by the time she woke up 2 1/2 hours were behind us (as well as some icy roads and a snow storm.) She took her morning and afternoon naps in the car for about an hour each, so she really was only awake for a little more than half of the trip.
2. Since I am only bottle feeding now, I put water in 6 of her bottles and just brought the whole jug of formula. This was very convenient that I didn't have to stop to get water at a gas station every time she needed a bottle.
3. The wrapped presents worked great! So great in fact that we only needed 3 of them on the way there instead of the 6 I planned for. Between naps, and the jack-in-the-box entertaining her so much, she never got bored! My favorite part about wrapping the presents is that it took her a long time to unwrap each one. Often times she took 20 minutes or so just unwrapping it because she was so interested in playing with the wrapping paper before she played with the toy. I did bring a garbage bag for the car, anticipating a lot of trash from this activity.
4. I brought the magnets I made and the magnet board to go with them. This was an awesome car toy!
5. Lily only watched the family slide show once through because she was so entertained with everything else. Still, it was nice to have so I could have a little break and time to myself.
6. Every time we stopped for gas we got Lily out of the car and let her walk around and threw her up in the air and stuff to help get her wiggles out.