“Kids always sleep in cars!”. When the geekdaughter was tiny I heard that all the time. And it isn’t always true. It wasn’t true for me then, and it’s not true now. We learned at an early age that the geekdaughter would only ever sleep for a maximum of 30 minutes in the car. Maximum. Which meant if we had to travel anywhere that took more than an hour or so of driving, we usually arrive with her screaming and our nerves very frayed! Ironically now she’s dropped her daytime nap and is more likely to sleep in the car than she was before, but it’s still nowhere near guaranteed…
When the geekson was very little he did sleep in the car, and we did occasionally resort to the standard “bad parenting” technique of the geekdaddy taking him out for a run in the car if he was refusing to sleep at nap time. Somewhere along the line, however, he seems to have reverted to type, and we’re back at the 30 minute maximum, despite the fact he will happily nap for three hours in the middle of the day if we’re at home.
Thankfully we don’t have so much need to travel long distances any more. Most of our family live very locally, and it’s only my Dad who lives a reasonable trek away. Dad’s been really good about travelling up to see us since we’ve had the kids, but it’s not fair for him to do this too often, so we try to drive to him some of the time too. Last month the time came for us to travel to him, and it was the first time we’ve attempted the journey since having the geekson. Things did not go so well. It’s about a 4 hour drive for us, and we tried to time things so that we covered a bit of ground, stopped for some lunch, and then got back on the road in time for the geekson’s nap. Both driving down and driving back this misfired hideously so that the geekson slept before lunch, and then flatly refused to sleep again. When driving down on the first day he mostly maintained his usual good temper, and it was only the last few miles that I had to turn around in my chair and sing nursery rhymes to him in order to keep him from screaming.
The journey home didn’t go at all well. There were a couple of accidents along the way causing delays such that our 4 hour journey became a 5 hour one. As we headed up the M6 towards home the geekson got screamier and screamier. The geekdaughter took to yelling “be quiet!” at him each time he screamed, and I had to turn in my chair to play peekaboo and sing in an attempt to distract him. So we drove up the M6 with a chorus of “Waaaaah! “Be quiet!” and “Twinkle twinkle little star!”. This all proved too much for the geekdaddy (who was driving), and he put his headphones on and turned his iPod up in order to block us out so that he could concentrate on the road.
Thankfully we got home in one piece and once home everyone calmed down. However I was very apprehensive about our next journey, as we were off on holiday a couple of weeks later. Thankfully only a couple of hours drive, but still rather longer than I would have liked. Whilst the geekson is still rather too young to be distracted by much in the car, I was hopeful I would be able to find a way to entertain the geekdaughter whilst we drove.
I recently went to a blogging event hosted by Ranieri Communications and they’ve given me some samples of some really cool tech gadgets to test out. One of which is the Scosche backSTAGE iPad headrest mount which I thought might be just what we needed for the situation. I bought the geekdaughter a set of Griffin MyPhones Kids Headphones which I selected based on my fellow blogger Rosie Scribble’s review. I loaded our iPad with a couple of the geekdaughter’s favourite movies, and we set off.
Thankfully this time the geekson slept well, and was good-natured when he was awake, and the iPad kept the geekdaughter wonderfully quiet. A much more relaxed and pleasant journey all round.
So would I recommend the Scosche backSTAGE iPad headrest mount? Yes I would. It was very easy to mount in our car, and it comfortably fits either the iPad or the iPad 2. It holds the iPad securely in place whilst still allowing full access to the controls. It’s sturdy and feels solid and well-made – I was confident that it would hold the iPad in place, which it did for the entire duration of the journey.
Downsides? Well, you do have to remove your iPad case in order to fit it in to the mount which can be a bit of a pain. And with an RRP of £29.99 it’s not the cheapest such device on the market. But that price does include an anti-glare iPad screen protector, which you could easily pay a few pounds for if you bought it separately, which makes it look like a better deal. In addition it’s a sturdy, well made quality accessory, so I would say it’s worth the money.
It won’t solve all our travel problems, as I don’t think the geekson is up to sitting quietly and watching movies in the car yet, but when he’s a little older I can see we’ll need to get a second one and I hope we’ll have a few more harmonious journeys!
The Scosche backSTAGE iPad headrest mount gets the geekdaughter’s seal of approval:
Disclosure: I was provided with the Scorsche backSTAGE iPad headrest mount for the purpose of this review. Product links within this post contain my Amazon affiliate code.