10 Travel Tips for Babies and Toddlers




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DO YOU HAVE ANY TRAVEL TIPS? BE SURE TO LEAVE YOURS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!

By Colleen Lanin

My preschooler daughter and toddler son have logged many hours miles on airplanes and road trips and have spent many nights in hotels during their short lives. It took a lot of trial and error to figure out how to keep little ones happy while away from home.

Here are 10 key tips I think they would have told me as babies if they could:

1. I need time to crawl or run around every day. I don’t mind being pushed in a stroller through a museum or two, but afterwards I need to be free!

2. Healthy snacks, educational toys, and books will entertain me for awhile but I may start to go bananas toward the end of a long trip car trip or flight. I will not be scarred for life if you give me a few “forbidden snacks” or if you let me watch a baby-friendly movie on a travel DVD player.

3. Long drives in the car might make me queasy. Bring along a bucket on road trips and keep it within arms reach to avoid icky messes.

4. I will probably not sleep as well on vacation as I do at home. It’s your job to keep my bedtime routine intact. Bring along my beloved stuffed rabbit, read me my favorite stories, and give me a nighttime bath just like we do at home.

5. I don’t want to wait to eat a sit-down breakfast at a restaurant in the morning. By the time you are done primping and we are out the door, I will be in the midst of a serious hunger-induced meltdown. Stock up on my favorite breakfast items so we can eat in the room instead!

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