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How to travel with a toddler

Traveling with kids of any age is no easy task but traveling with toddlers, especially young wiggly ones, can be especially tough. Here are some tips to help.
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Stock up on snacks

Have plenty of healthy snacks and drinks on hand in a cooler.

Schedule bathroom breaks

Little kids only say something when it's five minutes too late. If you want to avoid accidents, schedule regular bathroom breaks and make your child get out and try to go — he'll have to go; trust me.

Pick a few presents

Choose some inexpensive toys and books that can be played with in the car, and wrap them (use lots of tape to make the unwrapping take longer). Then I save them for major meltdown times of the day — i.e., normal home naptime.

Don't forget sleep-time soothers

If your toddler has a special blanket, stuffed pal or pacifier, make sure they're invited along. Your child is sure to sleep at some point, and it won't be pretty if that's when you realize that Fluffy the bear is 300 miles away at home.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 Great tips, I find limiting the amounts of liquids given tends to help as well. July 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We've always brought new toys but never thought about wrapping them...good tip! September 6, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I like the tip with the gift, that is a great idea. I also try to take my child out on a long trip during nap, the car always gets her to sleep. June 9, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I find taking my little guy early in the morning works well or right before nap time after he has had his snack, has a clean diaper and is a tad tired. The car puts him to sleep and the long ride is much easier on him. I take breaks for bathroom changes as soon as he wakes up and ever 2hrs after. I find the little breaks and having a walk make the trip much more enjoyable for all of us. He loves running about and having a treat before we get back in the car all clean and changed. November 16, 2012
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