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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 This was helpful but I would have to agree with others that I was hoping for more tips/suggestions. I have a 28 month old that has the attention span of a nat and I rarely travel so, I'm a bit nervous. August 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I was really hoping for suggestions on actual things to occupy my LO - we're headed for a four hour plane ride that will not overlap his naptime. ugh. 20 months, very active, very verbal, and not very patient! August 7, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Yes....nothing spells disaster like realizing you left her favorite binky and bunny combo on the dresser!!! June 10, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Snack variety is a must, avoiding high sugars to prevent an epic hyperactive meltdown.Music is great entertainment for my little ones. We listen to children's songs when they are up for play and some classical to ease them into their naps. Music affects our moods,and is especially helpful on the go. The small present idea is fun, just remember that tape and wrapping might, ahem...will go in your child's mouth. June 10, 2014
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