Schedules, Toddlers and Holiday Travel

by Ann Douglas

Are you going to be spending a lot of time traveling to visit your relatives during the holidays? Tots don't readily tolerate schedule interruptions, no matter how much fun they're having.

As you pack your bags, give some of these terrific tips a try. It could mean the difference between a cranky tot and a giggle pot. It's important to keep these little kids' routines!

Note: Keep an eye on the amount of "upheaval" your toddler and you go through this fun but stressful time of the year.

Toddler Friendly Travel Tips

It's the little things...

It's all in the details. Invite your child's favorite stuffed animal to accompany you on your trip. Arriving on your mother-in-law's doorstep with a cooler bag full of your child's favorite foods. Tucking your child into bed at his or her usual time to help your wee one to feel more at home.

Don't over-schedule your time!

Try to limit how many visits you're going to pack into each day. Our families know that we love them...lots.

Keep yourself well-rested.

While it may be tempting to try to burn the candle at both ends, you need all the energy and patience you can get when you’ve got a toddler along for the ride.

Resist the temptation to party

until the wee hours of the morning with the relatives who don't have kids. Remember: your tiny alarm clock will be wanting your attention at the crack of dawn or earlier, holiday or not.

What helps your toddler stay balanced while away from home? Share your tips in the comments.

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site,

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