Hi. I'm Jennifer Durbin, and I've got some great tips for you for traveling with your toddler. When you're traveling with the baby, it can be really easy. They're small, they're super portable, and they're just gonna sit in their infant carrier.
But when you go to travel with your toddler, there are whole new list of complications you need to take into consideration. These little ones are on the go, and they're not going to be interested in sitting still in the car for five hours or on a ten hour plane ride; but you can do a few things to get them ready for the trip that makes it easier for everyone.
Be sure to include your toddler in your planning. Let them pack their own bag or give them a little backpack that they can put all their favorite toys and games in to take with them.
Show them pictures of your destination. Get them all excited about visiting the family you're going to see or landmark, whatever. Show them pictures, and that will get them really excited.
Don't forget to take advantage of your smartphone or tablet. Load it up with pictures. You don't need them to play video games the entire trip. If you have pictures of their last birthday party, they will love flipping through them, and there's nothing wrong with letting them watch a movie every once in a while.
You also want to make sure you pack everything you need. So for instance, take all your child's favorite snacks, and take a lot of them.
Feeding them a snack from time to time can help improve their mood, make them more comfortable, and just make the trip easier. You want to be very conscious to pack all the snacks in smaller containers. You don't wanna have to be picking up Cheerios from the floor of the plane or the backseat of your car.
Give them small containers of snacks so they don't make too much of a mess. Make sure that what they're eating is not super messy. Don't hand them a lollipop that's going to turn their hands all sticky and then get all over their seat. Think of those things when your packing your snacks.
Most of all, relax and enjoy the trip. You're going to have fun. There will be some meltdowns; that's bound to happen, but just roll with it. Take a little walk, give them a change of scenery, and everything will be okay.