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Road trip with a 2-year-old


My son recently turned 2. His grandparents want to take him on a road trip from Vancouver, British Columbia to New Mexico. They will be gone 10 days. Is this practical? Is it a bad idea to keep a young child in a car seat for so many consecutive hours?



Though we are not trained to offer medical advice, we doubt that there any health concerns about such a trip as long as some common sense precautions are taken. There must be regular stops for restroom use, diaper changes, play breaks and the like. 

Since toddlers demand a lot of stimulation, a portable DVD player may be helpful.  Still, he will need to stretch his legs every couple of hours. Sunscreen is another must, as most car windows do not provide​ protection from sunburn. Children this age sleep pretty soundly on car trips, so that should not be a concern. If he is safe, happy and cared for, all should be well.