Monday, July 22, 2013

Tis the Season...


It's almost that time of year again. The time when our family's Saturday wardrobe consists of only two colors. The time when my husband scares our dogs with all of his screaming. The time when we argue with friends we met after college. We're definitely gearing up over here because it's almost college football season.

The hubby and I have Michigan season tickets and are hoping to make it back to Ann Arbor for three games this year (Michigan friends who are interested in games we're not using are encouraged to talk to Lauren). In other words, tis' the season for traveling. With a toddler. Who hates car rides. ('Yikes' is right)

To make the situation even better, we've booked two additional trips before the fall. Since we'll be spending most of our time going to Michigan once the season starts, we wanted to be sure to see some other family before all that chaos begins. So I think that makes... what? Five trips in four months? Yep, that's about right. With the astronomical costs of plane tickets and doggy daycare, driving to Michigan sure seemed like a good idea at one point.

Even though we're biting the bullet and sticking with the plan, we're more than a bit nervous. Eight hours sure is a long time to listen to a screaming child. Therefore, we are now accepting all forms of advice on the car-rides-with-babies front. Any secret chants, potions, tricks or other spells are welcome desperately needed.

What? I just don't like to be confined. The stroller is one thing, but the car seat is quite another.

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  1. I imagine Brayden is still too young for electronic entertainment? iPads and movies and such? That's the only way I can get my kids to keep quiet in the car...

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    1. No interest in movies at all and probably still a bit young for other electronics. I had a feeling that this would be everyone's recommendation. ;)

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  2. Is he still rear-facing? Some kids are much happier when they face the front. He'll probably get easier as he will begin to enjoy certain characters in a movie or tv show. We've had a few toys that are big hits, and lots of snacks. Or if he'll sleep in his car seat, leave at night!

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    1. Our pediatrician said the new "rule" was rear-facing until two years. I'm not sure how much of a precaution that is, but it's definitely a thought.

      We will certainly stock up on toys and snacks (thanks for the tip). And the leaving at night is an intriguing idea. Thanks! :)

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    2. The new guideline is 2, but we switched Charlotte around 15 months, because her legs were getting sort of crowded and she didn't like car rides as much anymore. The car seat people say 2 years, but many peds say after 20 lbs. So who really knows! :)

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    3. Children should remain rear-facing in their car seat until they outgrow it by weight or height (less than an inch of headroom from the top of the shell). Two years is the youngest any child should be forward-facing. Children bend their legs, even as they get older. In fact, the closer to age FOUR a child can get rear facing is the most optimal.
      Babies and toddlers have weak spines that haven’t fused to protect the spinal cord, and they have proportionately huge heads, and when forward-facing, the weight of the large head pulls on the weak spine, and can separate the skull from the spine, possibly severing the spinal cord (internal decapitation), resulting in paralysis or death. Also, the way the body slides when rear-facing helps the car and car seat absorb the maximum amount of centrifugal force so your baby’s body doesn’t have to — children are 75% less likely to die when rear-facing. Everyone is, actually, but it’s just not possible for adults. As far as their legs? Not only would leg breaks be preferable to a broken neck, but forward-facing children are more likely to break their legs than rear-facing children.

      This is all new info to me and I learned a lot when researching for our daughters big girl seat. Safety regulations are changing and we all just want our babies to be the safest, right??

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  3. And pediatricians are not safety experts! They keep them healthy, but its engineers and scientists who are doing safety tests and crash simulations that determine what is safest for our kids. Just a thought.

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  4. We keep a lot of books in the car, especially the indestructables brand because our girl will look at them for a long, long time. I would keep a bag of toys up with mom and dad and introduce new toys as one gets boring. Alison also loves when we sing songs and talk with her. We've never gone longer than 2 hours in the car so our experience is limited!!

    Good luck!!

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    1. I think we're in for an eight hour car ride, so it should be interesting. We'll definitely stock up on toys and I'm going to have to look into the indestructables brand of books! Thanks. :)

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