I am itching to just blog about something shallow and unrelated to the large task looming before us, packing for Burundi and France. So, road trip toys it is!
Our 6th child has turned out to be less laid back than some of her sisters. She doesn’t really appreciate sitting backward in the van for 4 hours with nothing to look at or do, so we have had to become very creative this year. Our newest and most favorite item is:
Yes, Wedding Bubbles! These have been MAGIC! Unfortunately, it does require an older child to actually blow the bubbles into the babies face! But it stops crying immediately. I may invent some sort of bubble machine that you can place right over the baby’s’ carseat handle, that would be awesomeness!
Baby Wipes. When I am desperately searching at a red light to try and get my baby to stop crying I know that I can just reach for a pack of baby wipes and hand them back. They need to be open so the baby can take them out if they are older, a younger baby will just love the sound of the package crinkling in their hands. Is this wasteful? yes. Does it keep your baby quiet? Yes. Is it worth it after 2 hours of crying? ABSOLUTLEY! (I usually pick up all the wipes she takes out and shove them back into the package or put them in a baggie so I can use them later.) This is a good one for when an older kid is not present in the car to entertain them.
An empty water bottle. Again, babies love the sound that these bottles make, and they love to suck on the top (Make sure the lid is not on so you don’t have to worry about a choking hazard) Can you believe how much trash I hand back to my baby?!!! Something she also loves right now is a bottle that has 3 marbles in it and the lid is super glued on. It is loud, but keeps her happy!
Ok, I know what you are thinking. “This is bad, this is really, REALLY BAD!” But it works people! My husband finally convinced me to get a life proof case on my iPhone this year so when worse comes to worse I hand that puppy back to the baby. (the phone in the case….note, I have actually broken a case when I handed just an empty case back because it apparently needs a phone inside of it to actually be life proof!) Babies know that you like this phone so much there must be something magical and amazing about it. She typically just chews on it (hence your phone MUST have a waterproof case on it) and then she will chunk it off to the side when she is done. Then it’s on to another non-toy item….
Cliff Zbar, or other breakfast bar. Do I feed this to a baby facing backward at the perfect angle for choking? NO! For some reason, that I really don’t get, she loves to just chew on this bar in the wrapper….sometimes I even just hand her the empty wrapper. I’m telling’ ya people, just hand the baby trash, she will love it! This has worked so many times I can’t even count. I actually pack an extra z bar so that when I am handing them out to the other kids she gets one to just hold and play with. Fruit snack packages work well also. Now that our baby is 1 she is less interested in the wrapper and wants the actual food inside, but for a sold 3 months she loved just the wrapper.
That’s all for now. I hope that is helpful to someone who is struggling with a crying baby in the car or van! I need to order some more wedding bubbles now!