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Tuesday Travels: 5 Tips for Road Trip Solace with Toddlers

tuesday travelsWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing’s gonna be alright!

After going on several road trips with my son from the time he was two months old to twenty-two months old, I learned a few things that  help keep my toddler content on long journeys.

1. Traveling at night is conducive to keeping a baby happy–before he was a year old, our son would sleep while we drove.  Only problem, when we arrive at our destination er-lie in the morning, baby would wake up at his normal wake time while my husband and I were only 4 hours in to our rest.  Thus, our sleep-wake schedules were completely wasted for the next 48 hours.  I recommend, instead, driving by day, and stopping at a decent hour.

2. Pack plenty of healthy snacks to keep a baby content, especially those with high metabolism, like my son! We like to pack cheese sticks, yogurt, apples, bananas, or gorp.

3. Pack a few books or toys, and pass them out sparingly to decrease boredom. Our son loves Dr. Seuss, or books with lots of pictures.  Every few hours, I hand him a different toy car or book to help him pass the time.

4. Play games. Our son’s really into cars and trucks.  He won’t cease to point out every. single. one. that passes us on the highway.  Sometimes, when he just can’t take being in the car seat anymore, we’ll point out trucks, or red cars.  He’ll join in with eager excitement.  Sometimes we’ll point out trees, bridges, buildings, mountains, or other cool sights along the way.

5. Play tunes to set the mood, whether it’s playtime or sleepy time. We’ll play calm and soothing music around his standard nap time. As another way to encourage playtime while he’s strapped to a car seat, we play fun and upbeat music that keeps Calvin’s hands clapping and toes tapping.

trampolineDriving rhythms set the tone for the album from the first track “Imagination” with bright brass band embellishes and a nod to Fiddler on the Roof.  An album laced with novel lyrics and meditative prose celebrating children’s curiosity and innocence.  “Lory Loves Flowers” hearkens Acadiana-influence with a rousing beat and happens to be my son’s favorite track on the album.  My Trampoline is available for $15.50 on Minivan Productions or $16.98 on Amazon.

asheba4Rich calypso rhythms and a tapestry of stories intertwined in song. Check out Asheba’s version of some kids classics interlaced in original island-inspired tunes.  Venture to the Carribean on your next road trip with In the Kid Zone.  It’s available for $13 on CDBaby.

hot peas n' butterLet language immersion begin with a bilingual CD full of spicy guitar and buttery smooth vocals in Best of the Bowl, Volume 5 by Hot Peas n’ Butter.   Check out this yummy album and download all the lyrics for free on www.hotpeasnbutter.com for $12.95, or on Amazon.

CaribbeanPlaygroound Unique flavors of the Caribbean beckon you to play in the sun.  “Three Little Birds” sets a cheery and relaxing tone.  The strong vocals and harmonies of tunes like “All Aboard” and others round out another fabulous compilation from Putumayo Kids available also on Amazon.


labor day giveawayAs part of the Labor Day Giveaway on Traveling with Baby, you can achieve road trip contentment by grooving with your kids to the catchy tunes on some amazing albums.

WIN IT!

Two winners will take home acopy of Putumayo Kids Carribean Playground CD (retail value $14.98).

Two of you could win your own copy of Peter Himmelman’s My Trampoline CD (retail value $13).

Two winners will enjoy jamming to Asheba’s In the Kid Zone CD (retail value $13).

Two winners will groove to the latest album by Hot Peas n’ Butter, Best of the Bowl, Volume 5 (retail value $15.98).

(Primary entry method, this must be completed first!) Leave a comment describing your best tip for entertaining or calming kids on a road trip.  Also, tell me your CD preference.

EXTRA CREDIT

  • Earn two additional entries by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby using “Road Trip Music Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave two comments here with a link to your post.
  • Earn two additional entries by subscribing to Traveling with Baby’s RSS feed.  Leave (two) comments stating that you’re subscribed.
  • Earn another entry by following me (drdolly) on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following RT @drdolly Win award-winning children’s albums on Traveling with Baby! http://wp.me/p4s6M-Mr Leave a comment with the weblink to your tweet.
  • Earn another entry by adding Traveling with Baby’s button to your website/blog.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on September 14th, 2009.

Two winners will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after September 14th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

**UPDATE**

Congrats to the winners:

Peter Himmelman // My Trampoline: #6 Carlita, #8 Amy P

Hot Peas n Butter // Best of the Bowl, Vol. 5: #20 Julie, #1 Leslie

Asheba // In the Kid Zone: #13 – Shawn, #41 dianad

Putumayo Kids // Carribean Playground: #6 Carlita, #10 Jessica

–By Dr. Dolly
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