Looking for recommendations of gadgets or tips to help kids safely sleep in the car for long road trips. We’re driving 16hrs in December and hope 9 and 10 YO kids will sleep reclined and buckled in captains chairs of minivan.

Bonus points for tips to keep their area of the minivan organized with toys, electronics, snacks, etc too.

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It’s not safe to recline a car seat while driving as it changes the distribution of crash forces and prevents good seatbelt fit. Aftermarket items are not safe, either. I’m assuming given their ages that they use boosters without backs; depending on their sizes you might want to consider putting them in high-back boosters so that they have more support and can rest their heads on the headwings.

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Absolutely this - please do NOT have them recline while the car is in motion.

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Do you need some Marriott points for a night on the road?

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LOL exactly. “How do I do this unsafe thing safely with some stuff I buy on Amazon?”

Are you doing 16 hours straight through? Is an overnight at a hotel along the way an option? If so you could avoid the issue altogether, 8 hours each day with breaks along the way to stretch out the legs, everyone crashes comfortably for the night, then repeat the next day.

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What is the logic for them sleeping while you are not ? I’ve done cross country road trips and I try to keep them awake so we can all sleep at night but audio books and movies playing in the suv was key along with a well stocked snack bar.

Because husband and I sleep while other is driving and kids need more sleep than adults

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Are you driving overnight? Or you’re planning to drive 6 am to 10 pm, or something like that? Mine are 7 and 10. The 7 year old is in a high back booster and sleeps no problem with her head against the side headrest. We drive during the day (not overnight) and the 10 year old doesn’t typically sleep at all (she’s in a backless booster), but I do think if she was tired enough, she’d fall asleep sitting up. Same as adults do (like if I’m super tired, I’ll fall asleep in the passenger seat just fine, without reclining).

Pillow pets - soft and with the velcro they can put it around the seatbelt to lay their head on,
Movies- if you don’t have a DVD built in, they do make the kind that attach to the headrests for cheap.
There are car organizers that will attach around a headrest that you can put unopened items in or create a mini trash can in one of the pockets.

Look for travel games—.
I spy travel
Regal Travel Bingo
Regal Travel scavenger hunt
You can find stuff like this on Amazon

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