Now that my baby is a little older, and the car seat experience is more enjoyable, I’m doing my best to make sure we get as much time as possible with the grandparents, cousins, aunties, and uncles. For us, that means a lot of driving. A weird question popped into my head as we were driving to my brother’s house last weekend.
Does moving faster than my body can move on it’s own put a strain on the body?
I remember that question arising in a class. Was it physics or physiology? I don’t know. What I do know is that it seems like it takes days to recover after one of these trips. I can never figure out why I’m so tired when all I did was sit, hang out with my husband and baby, and maybe fall asleep. But it’s exhausting! Maybe it’s the sitting? Our bodies were made to move. But, while exhausting, sitting at a desk in an office all day never made me as tired as sitting in a car.
This is an important question for my family because we tend to be a bit nomadic. The longest I’ve lived in one place since I was a junior in high school was four years. I got a little stir-crazy at that three-year mark. Perhaps it’s just because I haven’t found “home” yet.
In any case, all this traveling to see family makes me want to live right in the middle of all of them. I can’t imagine continuing to do this when the baby is potty-training. It’s bad enough when I have to keep stopping to pee!
Actually, I never considered the implications of potty-training on drive time before. If the pressure of being in a moving vehicle is hard on the body, I’m sure the pressure of doing that while attempting to maintain a clean and dry car seat (and a child who feels successful) the whole way is even more exhausting!
I’ve considered moving farther. Maybe a short plane ride is easier than the hours in the car? But that comes back to the question of how that affects our bodies. If we’re tired from a car ride, I imagine that we’d be totally exhausted from a plane ride.
In the several minutes of research I did, I found that acceleration and deceleration are hard on the body but maintaining a constant speed is fine. I’m pretty sure that’s not the whole answer to the question, but I have a sleeping baby in my lap and limited time to write this blog, so that’s as much of an answer as I’m going to search out. I also found that long road trips with potty-trainers are challenging.
That settles it! It’s time to move! Just kidding...kind of…
This mothering mentor needs your help!
How do you keep the family feeling great after long car rides? Do you have any tips or tricks for handling potty-training during long car rides?
Post them in the comments below. I'd love to learn from your experience!
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