Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Backseat Entertainer

One of the portfolios that comes with being Mom to an 8 month old, is that of Backseat Entertainer on long road trips.  And this weekend I was once again reminded that I officially stink at it - gah!

Our longer road trips usually start out all serene and pleasant, with Driver, Baby and The Backseat Entertainer looking surprisingly similar: Excited, well-rested and all smiles.  Holiday music plays in the background, there's friendly back and forth banter and Baby might even take a peaceful nap.  Perfect.

Those blissful first 20 minutes of a trip...

However, somewhere during the endless drive the situation usually takes a turn for the worse.  Suddenly the difference between Driver, Baby, and The Backseat Entertainer becomes glaringly obvious:  Two of the three look like they've traveled very far on the back of an open pick-up... in a mobile chicken coop.  Their clothes are wrinkled; their hair is standing in all possible directions; and their bodies are covered in spit-up, fruit puree, poop and finely torn tissue paper.  The driver, however, arrives at the final destination looking immaculate - cool as a cucumber.  No outsider would ever have guessed that all three had, in fact, used the same mode of transport to get there.

So where am I going wrong?  Which tricks am I missing?  In exactly T minus two days we'll be leaving on a long awaited two week holiday.  To Cape Town.  Which equals an eight hour drive on Day One.  I.  Am.  Terrified.  Please help!


  1. Hi Karien! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that this happens to. I'm no expert and I can only tell you what worked best for us in the past and thus far with the second one. We drive during their sleep time, preferably during the very early morning hours when its nice and cool and when their having their deepest sleep(normally 1 or 2 o'clock). If you're unlucky they wake up when you take them out of bed and put them in the car. We keep everything very dark and quiet and I do not sit in the back with them. In my experience they are worse passengers when they can see you. Hope this helps. Good luck.

    1. Thanks so much, Loamie! Sometimes knowing that you're not the only one struggling with something already helps a lot. Looks like sitting at the back with Baby is a big no-no - I'll definitely try your suggestions and let you know how it went. Thanks again! x

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  3. We tried to time the long trips with nap time too. For the really long trips, we allowed for stops to let her stretch her legs and get out of the car seat for a while too. Like a previous comment, I never STARTED in the backseat with her. I only moved to the backseat once things took a turn for the worse. Hope the trip goes smoothly!


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