10 tips for travelling with toddlers
Are you travelling with your toddler? Plane, train or car travelling during the ‘Terrible Twos’ might seem like an exhausting and daunting task. However it does not always have to be that bad and you can minimize the anxiety by planning ahead.
Here are some helpful tips for travelling with toddlers:
- It’s always best to travel at night when your toddler will feel sleepy and fall asleep for the majority of time. Even if it’s just a 3 hour trip, plan it such that your toddler will be sleeping for a majority of the time (early morning trips at 5 AM, for example, will probably ensure that the toddler will go back to sleep till 8 AM). Plan the trip according to your toddlers sleep habits.
- Remember to pack a bag with extra pair of diapers, change of clothes, wet-wipes, Band-Aids and lots and lots of tissues.
- Another handy thing to pack is your toddler’s favourite snack. Pack lots of little snacks that you can keep feeding him (in case the next meal gets delayed. You do not want to be stuck with a hungry kid!). A favourite snack also acts as an incentive for some quite time. You can tell your child that if he/she is quite for the next 15 minutes (show him a timer) then he/she can get one biscuit.
- You can play ‘I Spy with my little eye’ where you say ‘I spy with my little eye something red’ and the child has to guess what red thing you are thinking of and vice versa. Keep your child entertained!
- Get some colouring books (check out the amazing magical colouring mat) or dolls to help your kid entertain himself/herself.
- Load some videos on your laptop or a portable dvd player and let him/her watch to their hearts content. A few rules can be broken to save your sanity while travelling!
- If you are going by flight, don’t forget to get some ear plugs to prevent your child’s ears from getting blocked. Carrying some motion sickness tablets just in case would also be advisable.
- Another fun game to make sure your child is engaged and not bored and cranky, is the story telling game. Each of you take turns to say one sentence each and you build a story.
- You can also buy a nice big story book and read to your child. (8 tips for bed time reading)
- Get their favourite songs or CDs and play it in the car. Have a sing-along, it might even make your toddler feel tired and sleepy!
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