Frustration and stressful are the words to describe traveling with a toddler(s). Going on an airplane can be especially difficult because it’s a busy and nerve-racking location.
Certain things need to be done to make traveling with a toddler a little smoother. Initially there is the packing process. Not only do you pack for the journey, but also for what if’s and surprise situations. Like when the toddler’s diaper completely explodes. You always need extra diapers, wipes, clothes, and patience.
For the most part, packing will include just the basics. Such items are clothes, bottles, diapers, and foods/snacks. Then there are also the sippy cups, playpen (to be used as a crib), a stroller, toddler car seat, and some easily portable toys.
Depending where you are going and for how long some of these items can be attained at your final destination such as a playpen/crib, stroller, or toddler car seat. This will save you room and money when traveling. Most hotels supply a crib, when requested. Just as most car rentals have toddler seats to rent.
As a first time mom it is extremely frustrating and nerve wrecking to travel. You want to have easy access to everything and you want your toddler to be comfortable.
The very first plane ride can seem daunting. Nevertheless, try to remain calm. If you become frazzled your kid will sense that and become agitated too.
Will your child get fussy? Yes, of course. But try to have an open mind about the plane ride.
Hopefully, you will be traveling with another adult so there can be a shared effort at child entertaining. If not, then take an extra dose of patience because you will need it.
Some helpful tips for traveling are have a pacifier, sippy cup, or (if old enough) gum. When their ears get pressure, during the descent, these items will help to ease discomfort and allow the ears to pop.
Also bring some yummy healthy snacks or a meal. Just in case the plane gets delayed or your toddler gets fussy.
To help distract your toddler bring toys or a favorite object. If there is no extra space in your already full luggage for toys, than ask your flight attendant for some plastic cups. Kids enjoy stacking and crushing cups. So just go with it.
If possible travel at a time when your toddler will be napping. This way they are more inclined to sleep through the flight.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people are more than willing to give a little assistance to a parent.
Traveling can be an exhausting experience. So try to be as prepared as possible and things should turn out accordingly.