Long Distance Travel Tips For Parents Of Toddlers

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Toddlerhood is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding stages of parenthood. Along with my five-year-old, having just the one toddler is exhausting and throws lots of daily challenges. I can only imagine how much harder it must be to have multiples. I wouldn't have it any other way though.

We like to get out and about every day, just one day indoors make us all so stir crazy and this is one of the main reasons that we like to travel together. Travel offers an array of different benefits for children, the experiences they need to grow and it also grants us parents the sanity they need in order to parent. Traveling with young children isn't as daunting as it sounds, there are simple things you can do to prepare for the journey. I was recently emailed some tips that I'd like to share with you. Maybe they'll help your family enjoy the journey to your destination, there and back again.

Educational Tablet Time
Most parents limit screen time but there are times when tablets work miracles, one being when traveling. There have been times when my children have been quite restless on long journeys and educational apps help stimulate their minds, and movies help them relax. Once they've nodded I either read or enjoy some tablet time by playing online games on websites like www.novibet.co.uk.

Pack Toys
We like to pack travel bags and tend to fill them with a few new toys, and some old favorites. We select a random few to enjoy and alternate between activities and toys. As soon as the boredom settles in, swap around the older toys for the newer toys. Toddlers have a short attention span and by giving them a bundle of toys, you are giving away precious arsenal to keep them entertained.

Puzzles have been known to keep the little ones entertained for hours. This is, of course, assuming your toddler is old enough to understand the concept of a puzzle, if not, buy fewer piece puzzles and introduce them to the stimulating fun activity. Puzzles are great for planes, but you may want to reconsider if you are taking road transportation and swap a puzzle for a storytime book.

There is nothing better than watching your energised baby munch away at a sleepy snack. You know their tummies are full and they are about to catch some serious Z’s. Flying may not be as satisfactory as they most probably wouldn’t fall asleep immediately, so save this trick for when the novelty of flying has worn off. If you are traveling by bus, car or train, also save the snack trick for when you can see the sleepy mood take hold.

Car Tricks
If your peanut is more energetic than most, you may want to consider recording meditation talks, songs or yoga practices as this has been found to soothe younger children. This has something to do with the tone of voice and the soothing and relaxing meditation themed music.

Traveling with a toddler has its challenges, but believe me, it's doable and not as daunting as it sounds. Hopefully, these tips will help you in some way. Do you have any tips that you would like to share?

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