Car Rides   1 comment

Millie is a great sleeper. She plays well independently. She loves animals. Overall, Millie is sweet, friendly, loving and just a great baby. BUT, there is one thing that is not so great about Millie. She is NOT a great car rider. She does fine on short trips, say, 30 minutes or less. However, beyond that, she gets fussy, cranky and restless. It makes driving to any location outside of the Greater Cincinnati area quite a challenge. Our little family had to go to Bellefontaine, Ohio to celebrate Nate’s grandfather’s 80th birthday.  It takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to drive from our house to Bellefontaine. We left our house at naptime, hoping that Millie would fall fast asleep while we drove and then wake up, refreshed and happy for family time. No luck. She did not fall asleep for even a minute. After no afternoon nap and a busy afternoon of visiting and playing outside, we were certain that she would crash during the drive home. Millie cried for the first 40 minutes of the drive, then finally fell asleep. Then, around Dayton, Ohio (still more than an hour away from our house), she woke up SCREAMING! We had to pull over so I could get her out of her carseat to calm her down. You know when you cry so hard that it takes forever for your breathing to go back to normal? Yeah, that was Millie. After 15 or 20 minutes, she calmed down enough for me to put her back into the carseat. Then, she started wailing again. Nate and I contemplated getting a room at Red Roof Inn (the nearest hotel) and giving up on the whole driving for 2.5 hours straight thing before deciding to go with Plan B: Singing songs from Disney animated classics at the top of our lungs. We sang selections from Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella… and, guess what— Millie stopped crying. She was probably laughing at us, but I couldn’t hear her mockery over our melodies. It was a pretty memorable night, but not one that I want to repeat anytime soon. So, if you live more than 30 minutes from us, please do not be offended if we decline an invitation to visit. Don’t take it personally. For the moment, we are just not a travelling family.

*For any parents whose children don’t “freak out” in the car: any tips? Millie is still rear facing since she’s less than 20 pounds (our pediatrician wants her to be at least 2 before we turn her around) and so, while I think switching her to forward facing car seat would definitely help for longer car rides, it’s not an option. Is 14 months old to young for DVDs? We don’t really allow Millie to watch TV at home so I don’t know if she would even be interested in a movie, but I can’t stand the thought of going on a 1 hour or longer car ride without a plan!


Posted June 26, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

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  1. When Gracie or John would get that way I would ride in the backseat, which is funny now with the two of them. As for the rear facing thing, I know the data says that it is safer for them to ride that way until they’re two by a lot. However, you will notice that your nephew rides front facing and he is not yet two. Most definitely wait until she reaches the weight rating but I would say be informed, be safe and then do what is best for your family.

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