Tips on Travelling with a Toddler: Make Your Trip Terrific
Ah, the inescapable: Traveling in the company of a toddler. It certainly will occur at one point or another in the course of parenting. Whether it’s for vacation or a Christmas trip to grandparents, traveling any substantial distance may be one of the most challenging time of raising your child. Here are some tips that can help make your journey simpler and less stressful.
1. Be Prepared and Plan Ahead.
This might seem obvious, but it could be all that’s needed. If your little one sleeps better having a specific blanket, carry it with you. Did you refill the wipes container, so that you’re not scrounging frantically around when the sippy cup leaks? Did you carry a sippy cup? Is it full and ready to be handed to those keen palms? Simply thinking ahead can make all the difference.
2. Buy New Toys.
Everybody likes something different and intriguing. Especially kids. So buy them just that once, and prepare yourself with a little goodie bag with a couple new toys, books, or even games to keep the busy. As parents, most of us know it does not take much to catch a toddler’s attention, so keep it simple. Perhaps a few new monster figurines or even a car. Quiet toys are much better, especially when traveling in a plane or bus along with other people around.
3. Keep them Distracted.
Despite our best attempts, at some point, even the new toys no longer catch their attention. This is when you should be imaginative and take advantage of every new opportunity. Like, the bill boards and say, “Look, at that big rectangle” Make the usual, exciting. Even go ahead and start people wearing hats!.
4. Carrier or Sling.
If your schedule involves plenty of walking, a stroller can be convenient. But, what about carrying it as well as other bags and luggage? Often times it can become a problem rather than a help. Wearing your toddler can be handy, leaving your hands free and with less worries.
This is probably on your list of traveling necessities already. But also make it easy on yourself. Don’t bring food items that require clean up. Hand them the crackers one at a time, rather than a cupful, so that it can take more time to bite and help keep the starving toddler occupied for longer.
6. Maintain Calmness.
Your attitude might be contributing to many stressful circumstances. If your child gets on that you are stressed, they will be stressed too. Just take a deep breath and relax. If your keep shouting and are all hyper, children will tend to be the same. If you speak softly, or whisper, they might have to calm down to listen to you. So take heart and enjoy your trip!.