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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 by We took our now three-year-old on his first long road trip (10+ hours) at the tender age of 8 weeks. People thought we were nuts, but it was easy because he slept most of the time, and I think it set the stage for future travel because we loved to travel before becoming parents and had no intentions of stopping once we had a child. He is now a great little traveler. My biggest road trip tip would be to invest is a really high quality, comfortable car seat. You can't expect the child to be happy and content or fall asleep if he or she is hurting from an uncomfortable car seat. We have spent a lot of money on car seats (now on our third set, one in each car), and have spent many hours researching and even trying out and returning ones that didn't work for us, but it was worth it to us since we love traveling and want to instill that love into our little boy. January 8, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I needed this so much! I've been having trouble with my little one. Will apply these tips from now on.. November 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We have always traveled with our son since he was born, which I know helps a lot, but now that he is 3 years old, bringing lots of small toys and snacks to occupy his time is great advice! October 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We are getting ready for a trip and this was helpful. I will definitely be buying some pipe cleaners! Wax sticks which can be bent and shaped. We always take blankets for them since the A/C in the car is sometimes too cold for some, but not for others. Each child has there own bag with snacks so we don't have to stop and get them out for them. September 4, 2014
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