Tips for traveling with your toddler


If you want to go on vacation either abroad or you want to spend some time with your family in another state, taking your toddler with you can be challenging, to say the least. You will have to be prepared to handle a set of problems that might arise. Something that I have to point out right from the beginning is that you should never fly to another location that you don’t know anything about without having your child vaccinated.

Because both your baby and you have to go through this, it is a good idea to make a schedule and take your baby to the physician’s office about a week before leaving home for your trip. This way, you will know for sure that you will be able to handle things like fevers, rashes, and diaper blowouts, which might occur following routine vaccinations.

Bring along as many extra outfits as your space can accommodate. If you are lucky enough (or unlucky, depending on your situation) to travel by car, you will have some room available. Toddlers tend to go through clean clothes like they’re something else and they always seem to manage to destroy their clothing.

Carry medication with you. Of course, I don’t mean that you should bring your whole cabinet with you on your trip, but you definitely need some of the essential things that can get you out of trouble. Get things as Neosporin, Tylenol, band-aids, and anything else that might be needed in case of an emergency. Pack them all in your carry-on and make sure you have all of your subscriptions with you to make sure that you can air travel with all of these medicines.

On top of everything, you will have to make sure that you supply your toddler with snacks, especially at those times when he or she might be losing patience. You don’t want to be the parent that handles the incessant crying of an 18-month-old on a very crowded plane. You know, there are people who might not want to go through the experience of having to listen to a baby cry for two hours an end. So snacks can get you out of a tricky situation.

Even if there’s someone who tells you that you have to manage your child’s crying, you have to keep your cool because stressed parents create stressed kids. Be as calm as you can, although I know that it might be hard to do it. But think about it. If there’s tension radiating from you, your child will feel it and react to it. He or she might be able to tell that you are incapable of solving his or her problem.


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