Before we left, I was still incredibly nervous about how Tate would handle it. I was anxious that his unhappiness with the car ride might make me an emotional wreck. I was also terrified that Tate would nap through more of the trip than I necessarily wanted him too, with the end result being that his schedule might flip his day and nights.
We have been on the road for a day and a half and Tate has been a rock star. He has napped, he was stayed awake (more content than not). He has had quite a few bottles. He has slept well at night.
It seems to work out to feed him in his seat, and has certainly made it possible to get further than we could possibly go if I nursed every time Tate wanted me to. I have been sitting in the back seat with him for about half of the time and definitely think that it has made a difference on his mood.
My one regret was not buying a manual breast pump before we left on the trip. I was given a rather nice electric pump when Tate was born, but haven’t been able to get enough ahead of his feeding schedule enough to use it much and thought it might be too cumbersome to attempt on the road. A friend actually gave me a little bit of her frozen supply because she had a bit to spare, and it has been great to know that some of the bottles he is getting on the road are breast milk. I know am lucky that I don’t get easily engorged because I went nearly seven hours without having much of a chance to nurse today.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this trip doesn’t completely minimize my supply!
Have you taken road trips across country with your little ones? What were your challenges or surprises? I would love to hear about it.
The big move: how can I make my toddler okay with our new place?