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.
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.
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.
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When traveling via air, remember to pack any drinks in clear plastic zip-up bags because the cabin pressurization can result in leaks even in the most otherwise spill proof cups.
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.
When traveling carry a change of clothes for your child ALWAYS 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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