Tips for Traveling With a Toddler (page 2)

Tips for Traveling With a Toddler

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Updated on Jan 25, 2012

Things to Avoid En Route

  • DON'T: Remove your child from a car seat while the car's in motion, no matter how distraught she seems. She's much safer having a tantrum in her car seat than being calm outside of it—besides that, it's illegal in most states.
  • DON'T: Ignore captain requests while traveling via plane. It doesn't matter how bad your child has to use the potty—if the fasten seatbelt sign's lit, stay in your seat. If you're worried she can't hold it, try traveling in disposable undies, just in case.
  • DON'T: Offer any foods that could be a choking hazard, especially when traveling via car. Giving food to a toddler riding in a reclined position could cause a major problem, especially if you can't pull the car over in time to notice and react.
  • DON'T: Forget nap times when scheduling flights. You can't guarantee your child will nap on the plane, thanks to the new and exciting environment. Try to schedule flights around nap and bedtimes to ensure the best behavior in the air.
  • DON'T: Drive distracted. If you're the driver for your road trip, pay attention to what's in front of you. It might seem important to pass back more snacks and toys, but it could be dangerous. Have your spouse or a friend along for the ride, or wait it out until you can pull over and address your toddler's issues.

Traveling with your toddler doesn't have to be a headache. The right prep work means you're always a step ahead of your child's mood swings. If all else fails, a few apologetic looks and a mental reminder that you'll be at your destination soon enough can help you weather the rest of the trip.

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