The Do’s & Don’t Of Travelling With Toddlers

Do
  • Pack plenty of toys to keep the child entertained, pack your whole toy box if needs are. Much easier than wrestling a screaming toddler. Failing that attempt to stream postman pat on your smartphone which will keep him entertained for all of 7 minutes.
  • Use raisins and water as suitable snacks. Make sure the water isn’t in a squirty bottle.
  • Pack spare clothes in case of nappy leakage, messy clothes or general abuse of their clothes.
  • Bring travel changing mat in case of the toilet being out of order, and you have to change on a seat.
  • Try and take someone along with you, always handy having an extra pair of hands to help you catch flying shoes/toys/snacks.
  • Try and travel when it’s nap time leaving you hands-free to chill with a coffee and muffin. Just don’t expect people around you to be quiet, causing a child to wake upon that first sip of latte.

 

Don’t

  • Forget to put the breaks on; if you don’t, it means the pram goes wheeling half way down the train causing passengers to laugh and you much embarrassment.
  • Think it will be ok to give child felt tips instead of crayons to play with, you will end up at your destination with a child covered head to toe in felt which may or may not comes off with a baby wipe. In my case, it didn’t.
  • Give milk chocolate buttons as a snack because it’s just silly of you. Very silly.
  • Sugary snacks? Do you want your child to be bouncing like Tigger?
  • Bring packs of bacon flavoured crisp on board with you; these will stink the whole carriage out and cause passengers to give you the most disgruntled of looks.
  • Think you can ignore a dirty nappy in the hope it will go away. For your nose’s sake and the passengers change it if possible.

 

 

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