when my kids were small like that, we would leave really early in the morning, because then most likely they would sleep most of the way back to my hometown. It was athree hour trip for us so if we left at 6 am we'd get there by 9 and our kids at that age usually weren't awake until 8, so that was two hours that they slept in the car and one hour of traveling with them awake. It is also cooler usually then too so that helps. Just get used to the idea that it is going to take about twice the usual number of stops. That way you can all get out, stretch, and spend some time together. Instead of being stuck in the car. Think of it a journey! Not getting from point A to point B in the least amount of time. Bring things you know will soothe them, favorite music from Disney or a special toy that they like. Also sit in the back with baby for part of the trip, that way its easier to entertain them.
at 1:32 PM on Jun. 22, 2009