Toddler Talk Thursday was created as a place for moms and dads of toddlers to come together over a weekly topic and share ideas, go-to toys, or products. It is a great way to meet other bloggers of toddlers. Each week the topic will be different; we invite you to link up, share your weekly Toddler Talk!!
Link Up Requirements *NEW*
You must write a post that corresponds with the topic of the week. The goal of this meme is to share thoughts, ideas, and commiserate if need be with fellow Toddler Parents/Family/Caregivers. We love to have as many people participate, but if you are not linking up with a Toddler Talk Post, you may be deleted. 😦
In order to make this easier for everyone, we will leave the link up open all week. While it will still be called Toddler Talk Thursday, if you want to participate, but don’t have time to post until later in the week, we will leave the linkup open for you. All posts must be in by Monday of the following week, so we can choose our highlighted blogs.
Each week the hosts will travel around to each blog that links up, and pick an idea, story, or picture they think was a great example of that week’s topic. In order to qualify for this you need to blog about this week’s topic, and follow the hosts. Comments letting us know you are participating are always great too. If we choose your blog, we will link back to your post the following week.
And, guess who is one of the featured bloggers this week?! Why, its little ol’ me! Apparently I’m not the only one who thought that Brock singing “Jingew Bews” to Adrianna to get her to go back to sleep was cute! Thanks so much for the feature, ladies!
This week’s topic is: Traveling with a Toddler.
Since the last time we actually took a vacation was when Brock was about 18 months old (& I was about 16 weeks pregnant with Adrianna) I guess I’m sorta qualified to discuss this.
My biggest (& most effective suggestion) is to drug your toddler.
OH MY GOSH! I’M TOTALLY KIDDING!
Please don’t hold that one against me & keep in mind Adrianna is cutting teeth (again) and I haven’t slept much for the past 3 years or so. My humor is slightly off today.
Here are some of my tricks (these are the real ones):
- Be flexible. Especially if you are driving with a toddler. Just a few months ago, we took Brock to the zoo (which is about 2 hours away) and even though the kid is potty trained, we still had to stop about every 30 minutes for him to go pee. A trip that would normally take us 2ish hours took us closer to 3 that day.
- Pack plenty of snacks. We always have a Ziploc bag or a snack trap full of graham crackers or teddy grams in the diaper bag. Even if we are just going to the grocery store, that little bag of goodies saves us from a meltdown if the kids are hungry.
- Plan for them to get bored. Just before we left for Florida (we drove the entire trip), Greg bought a portable DVD player. At first I thought it was the worst idea ever. But when Brock started to get restless (and obviously letting him get out and play every 30 minutes during a 16-hour drive is not an option), we popped in a movie and he was content. I’m not too big on TV and would rather my kids be playing outside or coloring than glued to the tube, but desperate times call for desperate measures and the DVD player was magic.
- Pack enough toys and their “stuff” that they feel a little more at home when you arrive at your destination. Brock has a little brown dog that he has had forever and he drags that thing everywhere. Obviously, it comes on any trips we take (yep; even to the grocery store) but when we have taken him on extended trips (like the Florida trip) we were sure to pack his favorite blanket, some of his favorite toys (even some of his obnoxious ones), his sippy cups, etc. Adults feel out of their element when they are traveling and kids do too! If they have some of their own stuff around them, it makes the trip a little easier on them.
- If it is possible, plan for another adult (especially if you are staying with family at your destination) to help out with the little one once you arrive. See if they can feed them, put them down for a nap or take them to the park while you unpack and get settled. It is much easier to put all of your clothes away (and find homes for all of the toys you packed) if you don’t have a little one clinging to your legs begging to be picked up. It also gives the family member a nice chance for a little one-on-one time with your toddler and gives you a much-needed break from them!
- Finally, be patient. Trust me, I am the world’s worst at this but when you are stressed, the kids get stressed. When they ask you a million questions, (even when it is the same question) try to keep your cool. When they ask, “Are we there yet?” tell them the truth but keep trying to re-direct the conversation. We like to play games like, “I spy” when we are driving and it keeps Brock’s attention directed away from his boredom.
I realize that he is no longer a toddler, but it is such a sweet picture (& of course, a story)! After we left the zoo, he was jabbering away about all of the animals he had seen, the yummy cotton candy and how he wanted to go back. Then, in mid-sentence, he fell asleep! Poor little baby was worn out! He slept the rest of the way home!