When making flight reservations one should consider the best times to travel with a toddler.
Parents may consider traveling at off-peak vacation times and book seats during the middle of the week and during the day time. They should also opt for non-stop flights to minimize the hassles that often come about with connecting 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.
Most airlines allow luggage only for paying passengers.
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.
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Be sure your child rides in an age- and weight-appropriate child safety seat, correctly installed in the back seat, on every trip.
If you have any questions about how to install your child safety seat, many local fire and police departments will help you.
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When camping with toddlers: Get a portable crib for sleeping and napping at the campsite.
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When visiting Disney, to safeguard if your child get lost take a digital photo of your child.
Snap a quick picture of your kids each morning of your park adventure. That way you’ll have an instant record of exactly what they were wearing to show security if necessary.
Travel in the morning. Toddlers get grumpier as the day wears on. Pediatric dentists schedule morning appointments for the same reason.
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When visiting Disney, know your child’s height and the rides’ height restrictions before you go. They will be enforced.
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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.
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When visiting Disney, note that changing tables are in both women’s and men’s restrooms.
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One thing to be aware of is that airline regulations require that large travel seats – any which jut out past the edge of the airplane seat – must be in the window position.
This is to prevent it from blocking easy exit; if you want your child sitting in the aisle position, you may want to invest in a smaller scale travel safety seat.
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For long car trips, sit in the back with the child. This may seem so “Leave It to Beaver,” but it is easier to entertain your child while next to him.
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When traveling during the hoidays consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Some airlines advise this just in case your child gets lost in airport crowds. Include your child’s name, your name, your destination and your home address and phone number.
When traveling, pack a cooler that sits in the backseat with you, but out of reach of your toddler.
For air travel, consider buying or borrowing the car seat that converts into a stroller and fits down the plane aisles.
It is easier to get around the airport without carrying the kid; with no need to wake a sleeper when you land. They are FAA approved and actually fits in the airplane seat.
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.
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. The extras don’t take up too much space and you would be disgusted at the limited food options available either on a plane or at an airport.
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.
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