Traveling with a toddler (8 months to 5 years) can be hell-on-wheels or wonderful! But here’s the good news: what you do now (and throughout your vacation) can completely tip the odds in your favour!
Here are 5 thoughts to breeze your child… from beginning to end:
Before you leave, get ready to travel with toddler
- Meltdowns are a part of life that can’t be avoided! So, a couple of weeks before you go, try out some new ways to get your child to cooperate: In subsequent toddler blogs, we’ll talk about toddler-ese, gossiping, and stretching patience.
- Start using a lovey, massage, or reading, as well as the particular rumbly to improve your sleep habit (for all naps and nights).
- BEFORE you leave, make a small book of the vacation (including images of the plane, hotel, sights, and so on) to read every day.
It’s Possible to Get There Without Breaking a Sweat
- Keep them occupied! Tablets and iPads are a godsend. If you’re driving, make frequent stops.
- On planes, walk a lot and carry surprises and special food. Place them in various pockets of your handbag, coat, and so on. Read your vacation book to keep your child interested in all of the exciting things that are about to happen!
- To reward your child for being cooperative/quiet, use stickers, tokens, checks on hand, sweets, and so on (every 30-60 minutes).
- To deal with meltdowns, use your best Toddler-ese and the Fast Food Rule to acknowledge your child’s emotions. THEN use diversion, explanation, or bribery as a last choice. (It’s fine to eat cookies in the midst of a flight to get through a hard moment… unless your youngster has a sugar addiction!)
Traveling with Toddler : Even When Time Zones Change, Sleeping Aids
- The first 1-2 days should be spent getting enough of morning light to cope with jet lag.
- Naps should be limited to 90-120 minutes. (Too much daytime sleep can make it difficult to sleep at night.)
- One hour before bedtime, dim the lights and play soft music in the background.
Traveling with Toddler: Traumas should be avoided (Big and Little)
Bring first aid/illness medicine, as well as any unique needs your child may have.
Childproofing the room is a good idea when it comes to indoor safety (duct tape, electric plugs, etc.). Also, look for potential hazards such as dangling wires, scorching hot water, bedbugs, and so on.
Avoid becoming sunburned when you’re outside. Use natural repellents or even DEET to keep bugs at bay (only put this on clothing, not on skin).
When traveling with toddler, keep it simple.
- Before you go, look for kid-friendly attractions such as parks and museums. Make a lot of stops and bring food and drink with you at all times.
- For small children, use a carrier, and for older children, consider a harness/leash.
- Keep activities to a minimum. Limit yourself to one hour in a museum and 30 minutes in the yard playing chase.
- Candy and snacks should be avoided. Outbursts might be triggered by wild sugar swings.
- Ask your child’s input several times a day to help him feel respected. Also, be prepared to use Toddler-ese when the inevitable meltdowns occur.
Traveling with a toddler is not for the faint of heart, but with these pointers in hand, you can make the journey go more smoothly for everyone. You may prepare for a quieter, more pleasurable trip by planning ahead of time, storing up on stickers and snacks, and prioritising sleep.
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- How do you fly with a toddler and a baby?
Save these tips for flying with babies and toddlers.
1. Choose between a direct trip and a flight with a lengthier layover.
2. Before your flight, go to the restroom at the airport.
3. Pre-boarding is a great way to save money.
4. Purchase a child’s aeroplane seat separately.
5. Flying with a newborn or toddler can be expensive.
6. Baby gear should be checked at the gate.
- How do you travel with a 2 year old on a plane?
When travelling with a kid under the age of two, you have the option of carrying the youngster on your lap (infant-in-arms) or using an FAA-approved child safety seat. You must purchase a ticket for your child in order for them to have a reserved seat when using an FAA-approved safety seat.
- How can I make my toddler travel easier?
Traveling with Toddlers: 7 Tips for a Successful Vacation
1. When going on a road trip, use a car seat.
2. Make a reservation for the safest in-flight options.
3. Before you leave, stock up on snacks.
4. Traveling with Toddler Hygiene Essentials is a good idea.
5. Reconnect without the use of electronic devices.
6. Together, we can learn something new.
7. For flights, choose quiet activities.
- How do you travel with a 1 year old in a car?
7 Ways to Make a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler Easier
1. Don’t go overboard.
2. It’s time to play in the backseat.
3. Snacks and meals can be used to divert attention away from the task at hand.
4. Keep your family safe while on the road.
5. During the journey, listen to music.
6. Bring a bucket with you.
7. On the journey, you can watch movies.
More tips for travelling with newborns and toddlers can be found here.