Entertaining children in the car

For long car trips, sit in the back with the child because it is easier to entertain your child while next to him.

Travel tip

When traveling, pack a cooler that sits in the backseat with you, but out of reach of your toddler.

Safety tip for traveling with toddlers

When traveling consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Include your child’s name, your name, destination & home address/phone

Traveling with youngsters in diapers

When traveling by plane, bring a lot more diapers /pull ups/ snacks than you think you’ll ever need. Pack 3x as much as expected.

Plan frequent stops

If your journey is longer than 3 hours, plan to stop every 2hrs- even if it’s only for a 10-min potty break.

Car seats and air travel

For air travel, consider buying or borrowing the car seat that converts into a stroller and fits down the plane aisles.

Toys for the car only.

Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car: I found that I could defuse the tantrum that inevitably occurred when my toddler realized that he was about to be strapped into a car seat by strategically offering him a toy or book he didn’t get to see all that often.

Airplane seats for toddlers

Buying that extra seat for your child under 2 is a choice that you must carefully consider. If you choose to book a second seat many airlines are now offering children’s fares, which offer a 50% discount on seats for children under 2.

Traveling with a toddler tip

When traveling on an airplane many parents find that bulkhead seating at the front of each section provides more comfort while traveling with a toddler. These seats have no seating in front of them and allow for more leg room, ability to change the baby, and room to stand or play for the toddler.

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt. On the other hand, too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler.

Scavenger Hunt for Road Trips

Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery.

Traveling with a toddler

If you have a long wait between flights, check the airport website to see if there is a play area at the airport. You’d be surprised how many have a place for kids to get their ya-yas out.

Toddler seats and airplanes

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat. Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

Carry on baggage for toddlers

Baby formula and breast milk are allowed in carry-on baggage, but must also be declared. Passengers can take these items through the security check-points and aboard the plane as long as they are traveling with a baby or toddler.

Car Seats on Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends the use of car seats in an aircraft for children less than 40 pounds. Car seats can usually be checked in at the gate as can be strollers. However it is best to check with your airline regarding their policy, including how they regard extra carry on luggage for your child.

the magic of car toys

Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car. Defuse tantrums by strategically offering a toy or book.

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Flying with toddlers

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat.

Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

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Toddler rides at Disney

When visiting Disney, the best rides for toddlers are Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, The Monorail, and The Railroad.

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