Best travel time with toddler

Travel in the morning. Toddlers get grumpier as the day wears on. Pediatric dentists schedule morning appointments for the same reason.

Know your child’s height when visiting the mouse

When visiting Disney, know your child’s height and the rides’ height restrictions before you go. They will be enforced.

Travel seats with toddlers

Airline regulations require that large travel seats (past the edge of the airplane seat) must be in the window position. This is to prevent it from blocking easy exit.

Using the bathroom at Disney

When visiting Disney, note that changing tables are in both women’s and men’s restrooms.

Flight plans with toddlers

From the time you wake up on the day of the flight you should plan your time to assure smooth traveling with your toddler. Traveling with an over-tired, frustrated, or hungry toddler is asking for a disaster.

Toddler airport safety tip.

Carry a current photo of each child you are traveling with. If separated you can immediately hand the photo to airport security (or theme park or mall) and they will photocopy it and circulate it very quickly.

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.