7 tips for traveling with toddlers

Vacations with babies and toddlers are very different from trips you’ve taken without children. At 10:00 a.m., when you might have been dozing off or quietly reading the papers over the buffet breakfast, you will now be at the local playground, having already been up for four hours. At 7 p.m., when you previously envisioned an aperitif before heading out for a sumptuous dinner, you will now be brandishing your phone’s torch to try to navigate a hotel room and find the balcony without waking your child.

However, that doesn’t mean vacationing with young children can’t be fun! Not relaxing, of course, but enjoyable because you can explore new places through his eyes and spend time with your child without having to worry about daily responsibilities. Plus, there are plenty of ways to make traveling with toddlers and young children easier, as we’ve discovered. Read on for our top tips for vacationing with toddlers.

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Tips for traveling with toddlers

Think carefully about the schedules

Let’s talk about travel time. It used to be that catching a super early or late flight to save a few pounds was probably worth it, but once you add the extra stress of grumpy kids it might not be. Also, it’s a good idea to choose a flight that incorporates some of their nap or sleep time – we can only dream of 20 minutes of peace to read a magazine, right? Whether it’s a rental car or a specific train, make sure you have a plan for your arrival at your destination because figuring out how to get to your hotel with a noisy toddler won’t be fun. .

Plan, plan, plan

Forget the good old days when you could just throw a bikini and sunscreen in your suitcase ten minutes before leaving for the airport – traveling with babies or toddlers requires military-style planning. Make a list of everything you’ll need with enough free time and physically check things off as you pack them. You’ll probably find that after days of packing for your kids, you suddenly remember yourself and find yourself with a pair of shorts and an old T-shirt for all the holidays – what will be, will be.

Get a lightweight buggy

A huge recommendation for this one, especially if you are traveling by plane. These days there are some absolutely awesome buggies that are super lightweight and fold up into neat little packages that you can fit in the overhead lockers of an airplane (meaning you don’t have to leave your buggy in front of the doors to be pushed with all the other luggage). The BABYZEN YOYO is a popular choice, but less than half the price and just as effective is the Micralite Profold, which also has ample storage underneath for all your towels, sunscreen, etc. as well as a good shade on top for toddlers. who need a nap in the sun.

Think entertainment

Did you know that a toddler’s attention span is so small that it’s actually invisible to the human eye? Alright, we’re kidding, but you know what we mean. Always pack more entertainment options than you think you need (the same goes for snacks on the plane – think of what seems like a reasonable amount, then double it). Good options for an airplane include storybooks, coloring books, those magic water books, and pop it sensory toys. Unless you’re completely screen-averse, now’s also a good time to bust the cartoons – we’re reviewing the Amazon Fire kids’ tablet and JBL wireless headphones.

Invest in the right equipment

From infancy, there is a seemingly endless amount of must-have equipment that comes with children, and a high percentage of it that you can actually do without. However, a few products have proven to be very useful for us when traveling with toddlers. These include a portable blackout shade so you can block out the sun’s rays at bedtime, and for those kids who still slip out of a normal seat, this foldable high chair. Also remember that small children will want to stay in the pool or the sea forever, even if it’s really cold, so a mini wetsuit can be a good cry (Jojo Maman Bebe has a good range). These non-slip pool shoes are also awesome and can reduce your heart palpitations while shouting “Don’t run by the pool!” for the eight hundredth time.

Image: Jojo Mom Baby

Don’t forget Calpol

I learned this one the hard way.

forget about perfection

We’re constantly bombarded these days with images of perfect parenthood — Instagram snaps of smiling families frolicking around the beach or perfectly dressed mothers hugging a toddler as they watch the sunset. Remember, this is just a snapshot of most people’s vacations — they’re probably having as many tantrums, arguments, and freaks refusing to nap as you do. Vacationing with little ones won’t be perfect, but if you can enjoy the joyful times and let go of any tension quickly, you’ll have a fabulous time and lots of brilliant memories to reminisce.

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