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.
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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.
Check with your airline in advance about baggage restrictions. On international flights, some airlines will allow a lap infant to check baggage, other airlines exclude baby items like a car seat or stroller as part of the parent’s baggage allowance.
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.
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When traveling always carry a change of clothes for your child and it is advisable to carry a change of top / t-shirt for yourself too. You never know when you will need it.
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When traveling, don’t forget that airport security is going to want to see any liquids in your bag.
Keep all liquids together (don’t forget any medicines you may be bringing) and keep them in one container so you can easily show them when asked.