Making Sure You've Got a Good Car Seat Away From Home
"Be careful if you are counting on renting the car seat from the car rental agency. They may not have any more (then what do you do?) or the one they offer may be damaged or inadequate or just plain scuzzy. It's best to bring your own."
~ Anne, Iowa
"If you need a car seat, Midas Mufflers has a great safety program available for new car seats. For $40 you can buy a brand new Century 1000 car seat. When you're done with it, return it to any Midas shop and receive $40 in brakes or muffler service. If you're visiting friends or relatives, have them get it for you before you get there, so it can be in the car when they pick you up."
~ Monique, California
If You Think Leaving at Night Is the Answer...
"It's one idea to take a car trip at night so your baby will sleep on the way, but we tried it a couple of times and it was miserable. He wouldn't calm down no matter what we did, including stopping. If you haven't already, try taking him for a spin in the car around bedtime and see what happens. Also, it helps on car trips if we stock up with lots of toys and books and tapes. And we make sure to give my son enough time to run around during breaks; or if we put him back in the car too soon he gets really mad."
~ Suzanne, California