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Travel Tips for Toddlers

When it comes to travel with toddlers I recommend the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time your child adheres to a nap and bedtime routine and 20% of the time, life happens. Travel, visiting family and friends, day trips and adventures with your child are a part of life. I encourage you to explore and travel with your child and have special time together. Traveling somewhere new provides an excellent sensory experience that is beneficial for your child’s development and for parents too.

You may find these travel tips for toddlers helpful:

1. Darken the room. Make the room dark with black out shades. GRO-Anywhere Blind makes great blackout shades for on the go. You can also borrow a blanket from your room and hangers with clips from the closet to keep the light out during naps. Blocking out light will also help protect an early bedtime.

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2. Bring your toddler’s sleep necessities. If your little one has a special blanket, lovie or stuffed animal – bring it with you on your trip. If they use a sleep sack at home, pack it. You may even consider bringing your toddler’s sheets that smell like the comfort of home which can help them sleep better while your away.

3. Use white noise. Traveling as a family can sometimes mean everyone shares a room. White noise is a great way to block out unwanted sounds and help your child fall asleep faster. HoMedics has one thats portable and small enough to stash in your suitcase. You can also ask the front desk for a fan, the sound will help soothe your little one to sleep. 

4. Stick to a schedule. There is things to do and people to see when your on the road but it’s certainly not as enjoyable with an overtired toddler. Carve out time for naps and an early bedtime so your whole family can enjoy the next morning’s activities.

Ali Lazar
Ali Lazar
Ali Lazar is a certified Child Sleep Consultant from the well renowned Family Sleep Institute and trained Good Night Educator and sleep consultant with Good Night Sleep Site. After giving birth to her son early, he was born at 26 1/2 weeks and only 2 lbs. 5 ounces, Ali’s life as a new mother was forever changed. She experienced a tumultuous 3-month stay in the NICU with her little one until he was released to go home at a healthy weight – a true miracle baby. This left her with many sleepless nights listening to her infant’s every breath and feeding him frequently through the night to keep his weight on track. Ali sleep trained her preemie baby all by herself but now wished she had the support of a Good Night Sleep Site Sleep Consultant. After Ali met Alanna McGinn and Whitney Port at a Sleep Clinic in the Park at Palisades Village something sparked in her that she too could help other families get their little ones to sleep better. Ali chose to pursue a career as a Child Sleep Consultant because she is passionate about the importance of sleep and the journey it takes to help families get the healthy sleep they need. The most important thing she has to offer is not a thing at all, it’s giving her time and resources to serve other families. Ali is a respectful active listener and problem solver with a gentle and calm demeanor by nature. She enjoys the opportunity to support, listen and learn. Ali also enjoys gathering new parents together to discuss everything sleep. Ali lives in Brentwood, California with her 3-year old son who she adores. She loves to have dance parties & movie nights with her toddler, watch the sunset and stroll the Brentwood Farmers Market on Sundays.
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