OUR TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING THE TODDLER ENTERTAINED IN A CAR | WITHOUT ELECTRONICS


If you're anything like I am, you are not comfortable with giving an iPad to your children as a first thing that makes them happy on a long car journey.
I actually am not comfortable giving my kid any electronics at all, we even control how much D can watch TV throughout the days.
So yes, you read it correctly from the title - our top tips for keeping those precious young monsters entertained during the long car journey, without electronics.

DISCLAIMER: No, the fact that I don't want to give my children tablet or any electronic devices just to keep them entertained doesn't mean that you can't do so. I believe we all know what's best for our own children, whether it's giving them access to electronics or not. 
Even though digitalisation is fast forward taking our lives, I've decided to wait for a few more years.


OUR TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING THE TODDLER ENTERTAINED IN A CAR / WITHOUT ELECTRONICS
I'm going to start this paragraph by saying that our kid hates being in the car. We've come to a solution that it's either because he doesn't see out of the window or he gets car sick. (Good luck for us and our "little" road trip to Lapland next month). But we've been practising while driving to my mum's (3hours/way) and it starts to look good, though - I don't want to jinx it.

SNACKS AND DRINKS
Snacks and drinks are the best part of all road trips right? Amongst the views from the window but if your kiddo isn't tall enough & he'll be tied to his car seat every single moment when the car is moving he might not see out of the window. So snacks, snacks it is.

D's top three car snacks:
Baked Broccoli Tots (without salt)
Zucchini Fritters (without salt & chilli)
- Corn snacks

I've actually used the recipes I linked and created sugar/salt/baby approved recipes from them, would you be interested if I shared them over at the blog? Would you be interested in toddler food recipes in general?

I pack some dry-ish finger food for D to snack in the car & if we're driving further I have a meal packed for him so when we stop along the way we can heat it in the microwave and feed him at the gas station. Packing meals for us is a whole lot cheaper than eating at the gas station, especially if you're on the budget ;)!

Water is D's go-to car beverage and we also have another bottle for milk, if he happens to want some.

PEEK-A-BOO
D is absolutely in love with Peek-A-Boo. He plays it whenever and wherever ("we're meant to be together, I'll be there and you'll be near, and that's the deal, my dear..."). Peek-A-Boo is very effective method keeping our kiddo happy in the car. I'm usually sitting in the backseat with him being the play-, toy-, food- & drink machine.

CREATE A PLAYLIST TO THE SPOTIFY
This is kind of a work in a progress for me at the moment, as I'm still figuring out what are the songs that make D in a party mood. Something that'll make him happy & he enjoys listening to. So far, we have a pretty impressive list from Milo Murphy's theme song to Stuck In the Middle's theme song. Disney songs just hit him in the happy nerve. And thankfully most of those songs are something we bare to listen to as well.

BRING TOYS
Our backseat is a moving toy hell. To put it that way.

SING WHAT YOU DO
When things get pretty hectic, the toddler doesn't want to sit in the car anymore and you're losing your shit - sing. Find your inner Marshall Eriksen and sing out loud everything you do. So far, D has been enjoying our little musicals in the car. He probably won't like them when he's 15, but it works.

EXPLAIN TO YOUR KID THAT YOU CAN'T PICK HIM UP WHEN THE CAR IS MOVING
It's for his own safety. They should be in their car seats, tied up, every single moment when the car is moving. There are no exceptions. Period.

STOP WHEN NECESSARY
All these journeys should be done with your child's terms. We don't want them to get traumatised by normal things, so basically stop if you need to. Find a parking spot or stop aside the road at the bus stop and walk around a little. Though, keep the kid on your lap, we don't want them running on the road. Fresh air helps a little with everything.

How do you handle car trips with a toddler? Do you have any tips to add to this list?
And no, our kiddo doesn't fall asleep in the car unless he's passed the most tired level he can ever be. 





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22 comments

  1. We used to play car games so counting how many red cars we see etc.
    I think you're right though snacks are the main thing to keep a little one occupied!

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    1. Ah that'll be so lovely when D grows up enough to see outside the windows! :)

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  2. Yes I believe in not giving toddlers electronics! I mean our parents raised us alright? I hate it when parents are like "oh my kid cant do without electronics" hell yes they can have you tried other methods? I totally love that you entertain D with these ways xoxo

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    1. Hahah so true! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post :-)

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  3. This is such a great post, we may not have kids but I feel that I’d be like you in not wanting to use electronics every time. Although, I feel like I’m a kid when it comes to car journeys and sleep straight away but I know you said he doesn’t, but a good game of peek a boo will do too ;) oh and would love to see toddler friendly food posts!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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  4. Such a helpful post! Dougie doesn't watch much TV, he doesn't have a huge amount of interest in it (which I'm pleased about) but we do give him the iPad as a last resort on a long car journey, but for us it's a very last resort. Books are key for us, Dougie absolutely loves them, and you're right - peek-a-boo is such a good one for them! Snacks are also the best things ever! We have a few flights coming up so will be keeping these tips in mind!
    Hels xx
    www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. Yeah it's definitely last resort for us too, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post :-)

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  5. I have been pretty lucky that my little man loves being in the car and rarely needs any entertainment even on long journeys but your tips and suggestions are fantastic. We always have food and books with us though!
    Great post which I’m sure will be invaluable to parents everywhere

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. OOOH, how can I get those genes to D haha! :D

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  6. Great tips! I don't have any kids myself currently but will definitely have to remember these tips when I am in this situation. I do think it is a good idea though to limiting the use of electronics. It's quite scary how much people rely on them now! I remember helping someone when I worked in a supermarket a few years ago, and they were looking at buying a tablet for their 6 year old daughter. I was surprised!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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    1. People definitely are leaning to electronics more and more which I believe is good thing, but at the same time it's quite worrying.

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  7. This is such a helpful post! Snacks and playlists are a must at any age for long road trips 😍. I remember when I was younger, we used to play eye spy and counting cars. When I got a bit older we made up phrases out for the last 3 letters on number plates 😂. There were so many ways to be entertained before electronic gadgets. Fab post! 💖 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  8. I know how hard can be sometimes to travel with little children. Music, toys and favorites snacks are a great solution. Useful tips Jasmin!

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  9. Actually, a lot of these tips work for adults as well, haha! Certainly snacks and songs anyway :) Seriously, I'm with you on not giving Flora the iPad, there's so much to enjoy just looking out of the window on long journeys. Love these tips, thank you so much for sharing them x

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post! :-)

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  10. Snacks are definitely a car essential at any age! I really admire your decision to limit screen time, it must be getting harder and harder given the tech obsessed climate we live in. I love that you play little in car games too, I'm pretty sure my parents used to do that with me when I was little x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Hahah, yeah I don't know why but I just feel that iPads and stuff aren't for 1-year-olds. Perhaps when he's older and can actually learn something while using them :-)

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  11. No kids of my own but I remember when I was little my mom would bring a bag of goodies (toys and snacks and things like that) and keep it with her in the front seat. Then, every hour she would give us something new! Worked like a charm. :) Oh, and definitely singing along to Disney cd's haha.

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  12. Cool tips, Jasmin. I think I should have shared this with my brother couple years ago. They really struggled with long road trips.

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