I don't let anyone eat in the car now. My old car before I sold it was freaking disgusting despite the fact I cleaned it semi-regularly.
I used to to keep evryone quiet in the car but around 2 years ago my then 5 year old managed to start choking on a lolly in the car. I nearly had an accident trying to pull over quickly so I could help him. He was blue in the face and I had to stick my finger down his throat to move the lolly which he then proceeded to vomit everywhere and took a few minutes to catch his breath properly again. Scared the heck out of me so now even though they are older a have a no eating in the car rule.
generally no. i do think it can be dangerous, it absolutely destroys the car and the car seat too.
i live 40 minutes from the nearest shop and apart from the odd treat, won't let them have anything but water. if u live in suburbia, i really don't understand why they can't wait.
Yes. I have no choice sometimes.
We regularly do a 2 hour drive and my ds eats in the car all the time usually (eg. on the way home from kinder) so he definitely eats on longer car trips. He's a super slow eater, so stopping and waiting for him to finish a single meal might double the length of the car trip
My dd is only 10 months old and still rearfacing and I got desperate a week or two ago & handed my ds a baby mum mum rice rusk to give to her when she was starving and we were driving somewhere & in a rush. I watched her closely in the mirror I have that means I can clearly see her. Then on a 2 hour trip yesterday I got my ds to give her pieces of a slice of bread while we were driving (just towards the end of the drive when it was dark, nearly bed time and raining) as it was well & truly time for her dinner. She did well for ages, then suddenly sounded like she was choking. The rascal had discovered that she could make herself gag by putting fingers in her mouth. She did it over & over again and thought it was hilarious. That was the end of bread in the car for a while!
Mim... My 16 month old still thinks its funny to make himself gag every now & then. Drives me insane.
In regards to the op.... Yes I do let my boy eat in the car - ONLY when we've been out all day / it's over meal time & he's cranky. We sometimes have to pick hubby up at dinner time which is an hour drive each way. Despite me trying to feed ds something early he knows it's dinner time so I usually give him something to snack on on the way home.
...Like a pp said though, no hard foods only things I know he handles easily
I HATE the mess but that comes with kids.....
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