What are some good tips for traveling with a toddler?

What are some good tips for traveling with a toddler?


You wanted to know what you can do to help
make traveling in the car easier with a toddler. And this advice comes from one mom to another.
We’ve been on lots of road trips with our kids and I’ve found 4 things that help make
a road trip with toddlers a little more fun for everyone. Number 1, make sure that this
is not the type of road trip where you plan on getting to your destination as fast as
possible with as little stops as possible. You can’t do that with a toddler, and it’s
really not good for adults either. We need to get up, and move around, and get our wiggles
out, and keep our blood flowing. And so it’s a good opportunity for everyone if you plan
regular stops along your route, ideally at a park or other places where you can get out,
and let your child play for a little while, and get out some wiggles, maybe right before
nap time so that you’ll get them worn out, and they can get back in the carseat, and
fall asleep when you start traveling again. This will make everything a little more bearable
for everyone. My 2nd tip is distraction. This is so important
and I can’t underscore it enough. You have to find something that’s going to keep your
children entertained while you’re in the car. And I would usually go to the store and
find some new novelty items or toys that the kids could play with so that it was new and
exciting, and it would usually keep their attention a little bit longer than one of
their older toys. But oldies and goodies are good too, so have those on hand to pull out
after they get sick of the new ones. And sometimes having a new blanket or a new stuffed animal
for a really long road trip is also comforting and will also help them when they get bored
with whatever else that they have on their lap. Educational videos and games can also
be really helpful. And sometimes you just have to sit in the backseat with your kids
and entertain them for a little while or be close so that they don’t cry and are happier
when you’re driving. My 3rd tip is about snacks. You can’t underestimate
the power of snacks. Make sure you have lots of healthy snacks on hand and plan your stops
around mealtime. That’s a good, natural time to get out and maybe have a picnic. And
then have some healthy snacks on hand in between your next planned stop. Just make sure that
for snacks and for toys that they’re not choking hazards, you don’t have little pieces
that the child might choke on. The 4th tip is timing. This can be key too.
For example, if you plan your driving time when a child is likely to be asleep (so in
the early morning hours or in the late hours of the night), then everyone’s trip may
be a little more peaceful. But just ensure, of course, that the driver is well-rested
so that they don’t fall asleep at the wheel. And always remember to wear your seatbelt
and keep your kids properly restrained in their carseats at all times while you’re
driving. If you have any more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on
our Intermountain Moms Facebook and Instagram pages, and recommend us to your friends and
family too.

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One Reply to “What are some good tips for traveling with a toddler?”

  1. What about tips how to traveling by airplane with todler. We r goin to my country Indonesia next year on roughly 17 hours flight total. Last time we didnt have much problem as our wee one was 6 months old. But next year he'll be 2 years old. Thanks!

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