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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car. Defuse tantrums by strategically offering a toy or book.
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.
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.
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.
When visiting Disney, the best rides for toddlers are Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, The Monorail, and The Railroad.
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.
Tags: travel, car trips, toddler
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.