House For Six

DIY Travel Seat Belt Pillows

Deme Crinion4 Comments
We're making the trek to the TX coast over Easter, and I've been busy trying to spread load the prep for our trip over this week.  That's one mom, one dad, and three kids in a van for 14 hrs.  Call us crazy, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper to drive (especially if you need to rent a car on the other end), and we sort of love a good road trip.  Life gets busy so quickly, so a 14 hr car ride is the longest stretch of quiet James and I will have had to talk and reconnect in awhile. 

Quiet?  With three young kids?  Oh yes.  We clock the miles through the midnight hours.  Our kids sleep pretty well in the car, so we take full advantage of that! 

We try to give them a pretty active day before we head out, so they'll be nice and tired for the trip.  We leave ABQ around 5:30pm, and drive thru someplace for dinner.  Eating in the car keeps the kids occupied for awhile and then they are pretty good to listen to music or do a few car seat activities.  We stop around 7:45pm for a potty break and get into pj's.  Then it's back on the road, where the kids are asleep fairly quickly. 

James and I take turns driving (with a couple gas stops) and the kids usually wake up with the sun around 6 am.  We stop again for potty, breakfast and to stretch a bit, then it's back in the car for the last 2 hour stretch.  At that point they are excited to look around and do some of the car ride activities they couldn't do at night.  We're definitely tired the next day, but excited Grandparents are waiting on the other end, so we can usually snag a nap. 

My only complaint about the last trip was not being able to get very comfy for rest and the kids heads that kept flopping over while they slept.  Talk about a sore neck!  Although they never complained. 

I pinned this seat belt pillow on Pinterest and busted out three of them last night. 
DIY Seat Belt Pillow, made these for the kids super easy sewing project, tutorial on  blog
It's a super easy DIY, but I was really tired and accidentally sewed the ribbons (used to tie them to the belt) on the inside.  Apparently, my coffee intake was lacking.  Anyhow, I'll be hand stitching those on this afternoon, and am hopeful that the little's will sleep more comfortably this time around!  Or at least I won't feel like I have to go back and hold someone's head up. 

They sure are excited about them..

I also found this tutorial for an adult pillow that folds right over the seat belt. 
 Pineapple Mama: Seat-belt Travel Pillow Tutorial

I made one of those for the Mr. and I to share when it's our turn to sleep
He'll just have to get over the pink floral print.  I was all about working with what we had!