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If you are a parent of a toddler, stop planning right now! The first tip to stay sane is to never label it a vacation. Once your child is no longer a baby, remove all expectations of your child napping in the stroller or laying on your chest all day. You are going on a trip with your toddler. but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable.

There are so many questions that parents of toddlers ask before they hit the road and if you are traveling with your little one soon, I’ve put together 5 Tips to help you stay sane while you are traveling with your toddler. Plan Your Travel Times Carefully. Obviously, this all depends on just how far you are traveling. A one hour road trip to the zoo can be carefully planned so that you are on the road during nap time and. If you plan on feeding your toddler in the hotel room, pack a high chair mat to keep food from going EVERYWHERE.

It is part of being a decent human to the hotel staff. The Travel Mamas’ Guide is THE how-to book on traveling with kids and babies and stay sane! Recommended by Working Mother Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel and the Calgary Herald—this how-to travel with kids book takes the worry out of family vacations so. When you’re traveling and confined to a plane or a car, it’s whatever works.

And, sometimes, that means the kids watch a movie for the whole ride. We’re not judging. In fact, we say, get a set of headphones for each of the kids so you don’t have to listen to Moana for the thousandth time and enjoy the peace and quiet. Whatever works, mama.

To help, U.S. News interviewed travel and parenting experts to compile 16 tips for traveling with toddlers that are sure to smooth the way for you and those around you. Use a. You buy a double roll, you use it for a few days, then your toddler decides to put the end in the toilet and flush, watching the whole roll unravel on its way down.

You just wasted over half of your double roll! Buy the single rolls. When your toddler has his inevitable toilet paper adventures, less paper waste and lesser chance of a clogged toilet.

If you want to stay sane, put the toddler in a closet Forget stylish boutique hotels or cozy B&Bs. Your #1 priority now is a separate place for your progeny to sleep. If he usually sleeps alone, bunking down in the same room might destroy his already-fragile vacation sleep schedule.

The most important thing is to stay sane and you can do that by looking after yourself. This is not as easy as it sounds because you often have very little time once you have young children. However making sure you see friends, do some exercise, try to sleep enoug. Support Group: Sometimes when you have multiple toddlers, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom, you kind of feel isolated and trapped.

It is important to have some sort of support system that can help you feel human. You can join a Facebook group, or go spend time with women without the kids.

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Try the following with your child: • Before a vacation or trip, give her a small suitcase, ask her to plan what she needs, and let her pack things like a toothbrush, pajamas, and a beach toy.

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Young ones thrive on the sense of security offered by familiar toys, beds, and foods, so try to prevent needing another vacation away from your child by making sure your preschooler knows that some of his favorite things (toys, blankets, clothes) will be near and that he’ll be included in the fun.

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If possible, do your packing when your child’s already in bed, so that the frantic flurry of pre-trip activity doesn’t become unnerving.

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Somewhere in a parenting magazine Leda had read an article about taking your toddler on vacation that included tips like “bring bright colorful chalk” and “schedule your days out, including snacks.”

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Even a day trip with the kids to a nearby beach can set you up for an attack: the chaos of getting everything ready, the motion of the car, the shouting of the excited children, bright sunlight, and the challenge of getting good food and plenty of liquids.

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Travel and Sleep Bring your baby’s familiar sheet, lovey, pj’s, and anything else that will remind him of his sleep environment at home.

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by Heather Turgeon MFT, Julie Wright MFT, Daniel J. Siegel MD
Penguin Publishing Group, 2014

If a situation requires your child to be patient, you might bring toys, activities, or snacks that will help keep him entertained.

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When a toddler gets restless, even a completely chill beach Vacation can quickly turn wild.

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Encourage a child to work out a personal list and time schedule for things to do to prepare for a family trip.

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Try to plan your trip to have on hand items that will entertain and satisfy the needs of your children.

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  • This packing cubes are such a great idea! Motivates me to better prepare for any trips with my two girls! And to appreciate folding lol!

  • I couldn’t imagine packing without packing cubes anymore! I’m a total convert and they help keep things so nice & organized! These ones are so so nice �� Love these tips! Xx

  • Once I went to a hotel the night before getting on a cruise, hours after we sailed away I realized that that I left my stuffed animal so my aunt called the hotel and they said they would mail it to my house
    Months later it never came

  • we were on a trip in August and stayed at lots of hotels and when we got home I realized I forgot my phone charger and a lip balm at a hotel

  • Omg just what I needed! I am watching all of your travel hacks now… 4 kids 4 hour road trip, 1 car, 3 nights in a hotel! Thank you family fudge!!!!��

  • Thanks for sharing!!! I’m gonna have to get some of those they seem to be very helpful!! I’m the same way with my kiddos clothes when we pack! Safe travels ��

  • Thank you for posting this I’ll be going for my first time with my husband and infant son and I was worried about things to do with him because he will be young but you’ve shown there’s tons of ideas!

  • As someone who worked at Disney, I’m wondering if you could answer my question. A group of 4 is going with a baby, if 2 people use fast pass for a ride, can the other two use ride switch and not have to use fast pass too?

  • I’m an annual pass holder and I go to Disney ALL THE TIME and this video literally was gold for me! I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Going to magic kingdom and animal kingdom for my 3 year olds birthday! Staying at animal kingdom lodge. We are planning on renting a stroller in the park, are they decent strollers?