When driving with a tired, cranky toddler, the road can become very long indeed. You may also have to make more stops, which can make the road seem much longer than it is. Travelling with a toddler may seem like a challenge, but by adhering to certain guidelines, it can be an enjoyable and special experience. Let’s look at 4 ways to travel better with a toddler.
Plan according to your toddler’s routine
Traveling with toddlers are mainly made difficult by the fact that they are out of their routine. In order to keep them as comfortable as possible, try to take the trip when it is the time of day that they are sleeping. In most cases, this will be at night. Driving at this time has multiple benefits. Firstly, when you arrive at your destination, they will be rested and in a good mood. Secondly, when they are sleeping, you won’t need to feed them. They will also not get tired or cranky during the trip.
Driving at night can be a problem for people who are night blind. In this case, it may be an option to let your partner take the wheel. For this strategy to work effectively, take snacks with you in the car. This will enable to stop only when you want to fill up and quickly stretch legs. During long stops, your toddler may wake up and struggle to fall asleep again.
Make sure your toddler is as comfortable as possible
Before leaving, make sure that your toddler wears comfortable clothes. Pajamas is always a good option since they will remain in the same position for a long time, which can be uncomfortable when they are wearing something like denim, for example. If your toddler’s pajamas are already packed, you can rather use warm clothes that are made from soft and stretchy material.
Ensure that the car seat straps don’t move or dig into their skin. Although they should fit snuggly, your toddler should not feel them. Also, give your toddler food before you leave. When they are full, they will sleep better, and you will be able to travel for longer before it becomes necessary to make a stop. If you want you can also play music that they like and know. This will soothe them and make them feel safe.
Another handy tip is to darken the window closest to your toddler by clasping a blanket up by the window. This will keep traffic and gas station lights from waking them up or disturbing them.
Before you embark on your journey, don’t let your toddler sleep. Give them enough to eat and drink. You can take snacks with you that they like in case they wake up from being hungry. Remember to take your Amazon Firestick with you for when you arrive at your destination and they are tired and cranky. You can configure the Firestick with any HDTV hotel tv within minutes and put on something that they can watch. To increase the range of watchable content, remember that Firestick is compatible with some of the best builds of Kodi.
Prepare for when your toddler wakes up
In the event that your toddler wakes up, you have to be prepared to ensure that they are calm and comfortable. Firstly, make sure that you have enough of their favorite toys. Also, make a changing station in the car. This ensures that you don’t have to take them into a public restroom where they will wake up completely or be uncomfortable. It also allows you to change their diaper immediately and they will not have sit for hours in a dirty diaper while they make the trip unbearable with their crying or screaming.
To make sure that you can do all this, make sure that the seat next to the car seat is vacant so that you can sit next to them if they need something. Keep some of their favorite books or tablet videos at hand so that they can watch it when they are getting upset. You can also get new toys beforehand that they have never seen before. This can also help to distract them and give them something to do.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.