How To Travel With A Toddler
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- Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:16
- Last Updated on 23 January 2020
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Travelling can be a gruelling experience, even when you’re doing it on your own. Throw a toddler into the mix and it and be downright overwhelming. That said, while travelling with a toddler can be tricky, there a few steps that you can take to help ensure it goes smoothly.
Pick The Right Seats
When you go to plan your trip, I would recommend booking seats towards the front of the plane. That way, it’s a little easier to get on and off. The front of the plane also tends to be a bit quieter, so your toddler will likely prefer it. I would also recommend getting an aisle seat. This will make it easier to make trips to the bathroom. It will also allow you and your toddler to get up and walk down the aisle in case your little one feels the need to stretch their legs.
The less that you have to lug around the airport, the better. Your toddler might be able to walk around a bit on their own. But, you also might end up carrying them. So, ideally, you won’t be carrying too many heavy bags with you. To the extent possible, I would recommend renting or borrowing a car seat when you reach your destination instead of bringing yours on the trip. Same goes for playards, strollers, and any other bulky toddler related gear.
Pack Some Toys
Like all of us, toddlers can get bored on flights. To help keep them entertained, bring a couple of their favourite toys. Some small cars or toy animals can go a long way towards keeping them happy. It’s a good idea to bring a couple of different types of toys with you in order to mix things up.
A Book Or Two
Books are another great way to keep little ones entertained. Since these can get fairly heavy, you will probably want to limit yourself to just a couple. Luckily, most toddlers don’t mind reading the same books over and over again, as long as you’re up for it. Plus, when you get tired of reading, they might enjoy turning the pages and looking at this pictures.
Finally, a couple of snacks can help lighten their mood. Once they get tired of reading and playing, it will probably be just about time for something to eat. It can also be a good idea to have a snack during take off and landing. The act of chewing and swallowing can help relieve ear pressure and pain. I recommend packing finger foods that aren’t too messy in order to keep things easy. Dry cereal is a perennial favorite.
Traveling with a toddler isn’t the easiest thing in the world. But, lots of people do it every day. So, it’s not impossible either. Do your best to prepare for the trip, and when things get tough, just remember that sooner or later you will arrive at your destination.
Cristin Howard runs SmartParentAdvice, a site that provides parenting advice for mums and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers.