As your baby moves onto the toddler stage, life will change quite a bit. Your toddler is on the move, needs to be entertained, and as they grow, their needs change as well. There really is nothing quite like being out with your toddler and being unprepared. The below list contains essential items for travelling with a toddler, to ensure that you have everything you need to keep sane, and everything they need to keep happy and entertained.
Toddlers love to snack, but they also love to mess. A snack catching snack cup is so handy to have, especially when travelling in the car. The snack cups allow for the toddlers to reach in and grab their snack of choice, but without making a mess. This saves endless clean-ups, but still allows your little one to snack-on-the-go and keep distracted on a long trip.
Spill-Proof Sippy Cup
Just like a snack catching snack cup, a spill-proof sippy cup is a must-have. Make sure the one you choose is both spill-proof, leak-proof and break-proof. Ensure that the spout is the right size and shape for your toddler’s needs. A sippy cup will save you reaching over endlessly to give your little one water, and they can keep it with them at all times without mess.
Most toddlers still need a nap during the day, and you never know where you might be when nap time hits. An inflatable cushion is a perfect answer to napping when out, and it can be easily set up, and then put away with little fuss.
Toddler Travel Bed
If you are going on holiday, or are spending the night out somewhere, a toddler bed will help keep your toddler comfortable at night. Most hotels and BnB’s have cots available for toddlers, but taking your own is a good way to replicate your toddlers sleep routine at home, and will help them fall asleep easier at night.
When it comes to giving your toddler some headphones to watch movies on a tablet, or to play games on your phone, you need to ensure they are volume-limited. This protects their ears and allows you to control how loud the volume is. Kid’s headphones are especially helpful on long-flights, helping them keep entertained.
Baby-wearing is being practiced more and more, and you might have had a trusted baby carrier for when your child was younger. However, as they grow, you might need to invest in a toddler carrier. This can either be a larger harness or a lightweight stroller. As much as your toddler will want to run around and play, they are still little and do need help to get around.
Keeping your toddler entertained is important to ensure a successful trip. Pack some educational toys that they can play with in the car, on a plane, or at a hotel. Only pack a few toys. If you take out too many, they might be overwhelmed and not want to play with any at all! Toys might not seem like an essential item, but they are to a toddler!