My wife and I live several hours away from the rest of our family and they complain that we do not visit often enough and never get to see our 20-month-old son. He does great on long (3-5 hour) car trips. We have noticed though that too many of these trips and he begins to freak out when we take him to the car. We currently try to keep at least 6 weeks in between trips.
Are there any sort of guidelines for-
- How many hours a month a toddler should be in a car?
- How many days with normal daily routines should be in between days with abnormal routines?
After days of reading dozens of articles I am pretty sure this problem is from disrupting his routine too much. The professionals all seem to agree that toddlers are extremely sensitive to this, and recommend some sort of travel routine to minimize this effect.