Making Your Child More Comfortable on Vacation

Making Your Child More Comfortable on Vacation
Becoming a parent is one of the greatest life events someone can
experience. And then at some point you have to take a long road trip,
or fly on a plane and you start to second guess the amazing wonder of
being a parent. Seriously, kids are great but they don’t always
make the best travelers. 

There are some things you can do as a parent however to make the
journey a little more enjoyable for your young one. And if the trip
is more pleasant for them, then it will certainly be more pleasant
for you as well.

Traveling with Infants
A common stress of traveling with an infant is when you have to
fly somewhere
. One tip is to try and schedule the flight during
your baby’s normal nap time so they’ll already be on a schedule
that can be helpful while you’re in the air. Joanna Goddard
suggests that if you are traveling with a spouse or partner, get
seats that are not together so you can have a break from time to
time, and your child will like change as you switch back and forth
for baby duty. 

She also points out that you want to make your child as
comfortable as possible so make sure you dress them appropriately,
and if your baby is young enough, keep them in a wrap or sling close
to your own body throughout the flight process.

Traveling with Toddlers
Taking a trip with toddlers can be a little more difficult at
times because they are old enough to know they aren’t at home, and
they can get restless being away. The best thing you can do for your
young one is to find ways to make them feel at home by surrounding
them with things they are familiar with. 

Family Go online recommends to have your child pack a backpack of
their own with some of their favorite toys, stuffed animals, and even
a blanket if they have one they really like. And bedtime will be
equally important since they will be sleeping in a strange bed, so
find some soft girlspajamas or maybe some superhero ones for your little boy and
they will sleep better being more at ease.  

Traveling with Teens and Adolescents
With older kids the stressesin traveling usually have to do with them getting bored, or being
disinterested. A great thing you can do for them is find ways to get
them engaged in the traveling process. Before you leave for your trip
to map out how and where you will be going and find ways to have you
child get involved. 

Maybe they can learn about the route you will be driving on a long
trip and plan a few fun stops along the way. Or they can learn about
the area you are traveling to, and find fun games or interactive
activities to do with them when you get there like a photo scavenger
hunt.

Traveling with your kids doesn’t have to be feared. Take some of
these tips and really make it a great trip to remember.  

4 Comments

  1. betty baez
    February 8, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    great tips! especially planning a flight during nap time

  2. Kambrea
    February 8, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    These are good tips! Thank you!

  3. ColleenMarie82
    February 8, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    These are some good tips. We are going on mini vacation Mid-march, I especially like the tip to "find ways to make them feel at home by surrounding them with things they are familiar with."

  4. Shelly Peterson
    February 24, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Thanks for sharing such great traveling tips!

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