If your journey is longer than 3 hours, plan to stop every two hours: Even if it’s only for a 10-minute potty break.
Bring a birth certificate when traveling. Once child is 2, you have to pay for seat & the airline would be happy to charge Source
Pack all the food for tomorrow’s outing and put it in a large bag in the refrigerator.
Then put your car keys on top of the bag so there’s no way you can leave the house and forget the food.
When traveling by air, you are allowed one carry-on item per ticketed passenger, plus a purse or diaper bag. If your baby has their own seat, you can take along an extra carry-on for them.
Use a pacifier during take-off and landings. The sucking helps minimize pressure on the eardrums during take-off and landing.
Families who travel by air should consider buying or renting a CARES airplane child harness for their toddlers. Significantly less bulky than a car seat, the CARES (it stands for Child Aviation Restraint System) child harness is easy to pack and unpack from carry on luggage.
It weighs less than a pound and is really easy to use.
Going on a trip? Fill up the iPhone or iPod with family photos and videos. Toddlers love going through the family digital photo archive.
When going on long car trips, prepare ahead with paper bags of items to be given out every 25, 50 or 75 miles — marked on a map with the location, it takes a little bit of preparation to do this but it REALLY helps young children.
In each bag put a wrapped item — usually a small toy. Then in some of the surprise packages you can add juice or a snack, stickers and a piece of paper, or something pertaining to the trip that you can talk about.
Babies and messes go hand in hand. But some manufacturers ignore this universal truth, and a surprising number of car seats come with pad covers that you can’t take off.
Be smart: Buy one with a machine-washable detachable cover.
When you’re visiting friends and family during the holidays, try to minimize any disruption to your toddler’s schedule as much as possible.
If your toddler continues to eat and sleep at the same times as normal, he or she will be much better able to cope with holiday festivities.
Don’t check your stroller unless you plan to carry your child in a sling.
Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate. They’ll then check it at the gate and have it waiting for you outside the plane door when you deplane. Some airlines will even let you bring a small stroller on board if there is space.
Toddlers are often used to their normal bedtime routine and may have difficulty sleeping in a new place.
Don’t be afraid to bring a port-a-crib if you have room for it inside a tent, cabin, or camping trailer. Infants and toddlers may sleep better if given their own space and parents will sleep better knowing that their child is in a safe place during the night.
A rested child is going to be a lot easier to keep happy on a flight. When possible, keep the night before travel a low-key one and get your child to bed at his or her normal bedtime.
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