Whinging, screaming, can’t settle your child? Better yet there’s still another 5 hours to go.
Yes, road tripping or flying with a toddler has its downsides and as a parent, almost everyone has been there. Emma Barr founder of iLeads and the road tripping queen of Australia knows the good bad and the ugly when it comes to hitting the road with your little one, but believe it or not its actually not as bad as you think.
Emma has put together her top tips on road tripping with a toddler to help you and your fam survive your next trip.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #1
Unsettled, no problem – If you have a child who gets unsettled easily and is constantly running wild during the day – use this to your advantage. Start your road trip later in the day, or around their nap time. Run your child wild during that day/morning before you leave. Feed them and start your trip before their usual time of rest. Night is usually best for those who are particularly bad in the car as they cannot see much around them with no distractions of the sun and of course they will be tired.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #2
Takeoff & Landing
For those who are setting out on a flight with a young child always try to have something prepared for takeoff & landing. If we are flying at night and can time it we will wait to give our son his bottle until take off as the sucking will not only distract him but it will also ease any discomfort in his ears. You can also help ease their discomfort by breastfeeding, a dummy or for older children a lolly to suck on.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #3
Use your time wisely
As adults, we can get irritated with the long road haul and even though we have more patience, children do not. If this is your first road trip with a child/children start small and work your way up. Don’t overdo it all at once, you want your children to remember the experience in a positive light rather than a negative.
If avoiding a long road trip is unavoidable use music. Most children respond well to music and make you can make it a family activity for everyone to get involved.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #4
You can fill your kids with movies and snacks galore but there is no doubt you need to make a conscious effort to take regular pit stops. Even if the kids are not complaining yet, ensure you take regular stops to avoid the distress of a meltdown because boy do they happen.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #5
If you are planning on flying with a child another great thing we always like to do is pack all his favourite snacks into little containers that we will bring out and give to him throughout the flight. Things like sultanas, pouches, popcorn and nuts are all things that he loves and will slowly eat one at a time which is a great way to kill some time.
Top tips for traveling with toddlers #6
iPad & Headphones
Our last resort if we are flying or on a long drive is to crack out the iPad that has a few of his favourite movies loaded onto it and also a couple of fun apps. One thing we did do is buy him some children’s headphones that we practiced putting on him whenever he was watching the iPad in the lead up to the flight so that he was used to the feeling.
Hopefully, some of these tips will make traveling with your tiny human/s easier on your next road trip or flight! And if you do see us on the road make sure you stop and say hi!
About the author
Emma Bar founder, iLeads
Emma Barr is the founder and director of iLeads, a mother to Flynn and wife to Cam. The happy trio are currently traveling around Australia in a van (literally, a tradie van) while growing their online empire from the back seat. It’s a no-nonsense approach to life – a tactic Emma also adopts in her many thriving business ventures.
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