Plan for naps to be taken in the car and arrange for breaks during the journey, suggests Ms Vicky Ho, who heads research and development at Focus on the Family Singapore.
“Choose a spot where your child can play for 30 to 40 minutes at a park or an indoor playground,” she says. The child can burn off some energy before getting back in the car and having a meal, which could take half an hour or so.
Mum and Dad can take turns to drive, leaving one to engage the baby in the back seat. Take along more toys than you think you will need, including a new one, because these play sessions could last just 10 or 15 minutes, adds Ms Ho.
Mrs Cornelia Dahinten, a family coach and director of Conscious Parenting Singapore, says singing and clapping are other ways to keep the baby occupied. Remember to hold his attention by varying the activities – for instance, by mimicking animal sounds.