Tips for Travelling with a Toddler

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on August 20, 2012

Traveling with a toddler can be a lot of fun. By the time they reach the age of 18 months, most toddlers enjoy new experiences such as toys and places. Everything new is a sort of adventure, to be experienced with great gusto! Travel however, can make even the most outgoing toddler anxious while the new place can take some getting used to. For your family's, as well as the baby's peace of mind, it is better to be prepared by taking some simple precautions.


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You can help your baby adjust by taking some precautions such as spending some time together with him during your travel. While packing for your journey, make sure you take along things that your baby is familiar with such as toys, pillows and blankets. Having familiar things around will make your baby feel less anxious and ease the stress of adjusting to a new place.

While choosing a destination and a place to stay in, choose someplace that is child-friendly. Supervised, enclosed play areas are a boon when you need to get a break away from your child. Entertainment for children will help to keep all the kids happy and occupied and enable you to have a relaxed vacation.

If you are flying, make sure you arrive at the airport well before your departure time. Try to check in prior to leaving your home in order to save time. Check with your airline about baggage restrictions to see if they allow you to carry items such as strollers. Explain to your child exactly what will happen at the security gate. Putting their favorite toy on to the conveyor belt is liable to start some hysterics if it is done suddenly!

Most toddlers are unable to deal with the changes in air pressure that occurs on flights. Blocked ears can be a source of acute discomfort. To prevent this, you can try feeding, nursing or using a pacifier.

If you are travelling by car, put your baby in the back seat and never in the front seat. Ensure that the car seat and the seat belts are properly fitted. Along with your baby's feed, pack fruits, snacks and drinks. Make sure you have spare diapers and wipes handy on the longer journeys. On arrival, check your room to make sure it is safe for your child. The safety of the electrical switches, verandah and stairs are some of the features you should examine.

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