Vacation Time – 7 Travel Tips for Toddlers

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August marks the swell of summer vacation travelers. This Rhoost family is in the midst of preparing for our getaway to sunny Florida.

Here are 7 key travel tips we can admit we learned the hard way:

  1. Set Expectations: Before you leave set expectations for your child. Explain what will happen step-by-step – security, boarding the plane, the flight.  This will give your little Rhooster things to look forward to and milestones to track.  You can even make it into a game.
  2. Tire Them Out!: Waiting for a plane? Let your little one stay active in the gate area. It will make the time stuck in a seat on the plane a little easier.  Who knows – they might even nap!
  3. No Sugar During Travel Rule: As much as you may be tempted to allow the bag of M&Ms or the gummy bears – have a “no sugar during travel” rule to avoid toddler ups and downs.  The only downside is that you have to adhere to the rule as well.  You and your little Rhooster can make up for it when you reach your destination!  
  4. Don’t Forget about the Family Lane: Don’t be afraid to use the family lane at security! That’s what it’s there for and it will help you avoid the glares of the business travels in line behind you.
  5. Have a Bag of Tricks: Pack a small bag with a few new toys for the plane ride – our little ones have been successfully distracted with new toy experiences.
  6. Be Prepared for Delays: Pack a change of clothes for you and your little one in your carryon.  You would be surprised how much a simple change into fresh clothes can alleviate the pains of delays.
  7. Babyproof your Destination: Hotel rooms and vacation rentals usually don’t have baby safety in mind. Take along some of your Rhoost products. They install easily, without any furniture damage. And because they don’t require any screws or adhesives, they are totally portable.

Do you have a favorite toddler travel tip or trick? We’d love to hear it! Share it in the comments below.

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Baby Shower Shopping

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We Rhoost Moms love baby showers. The silly games. The mini-cupcakes.  The one-upmanship of labor stories. Those sweet and adorable gifts and of course the obligatory six copies of “Goodnight Moon”.

But we like to be original. When expectant moms put together their registries, it’s easy to focus on adorable booties and nursery decor. But if you’re an experienced parent you know that in a blink of an eye those socks are in the hand-me-down basket and that little one is getting into everything.

So we give baby proofing supplies. Adorable, right? Well, while we think our Rhoost birds are downright lovable, we admit that finger guards don’t elicit the “oohs” and “aahhhs” of the other shower guests. So we get a little creative with wrapping. And we know that in six months or so, that soon-to-be-mother is going to be thanking us for our foresight.

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When to Child Proof

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When we had our little ones we wanted everything ready and perfect for their arrival. But we Rhoost Moms know things don’t always go according to plan. (In fact, one of our Rhoost mom’s didn’t even have her hospital bag packed or her nursery painted when her little one arrived almost six weeks early!)

For all the to dos we let slide, the one we most regret wasn’t the final dusting of the house or the alphabetizing of the children’s library. It was the baby-proofing.

But our baby isn’t even crawling yet, you might think. Or even, our baby isn’t even born yet.

That’s what we thought. So the number one helpful hint we share with expectant mothers isn’t to treasure every moment (which while delightful, is impossible on only 2 hours of sleep). We say to those moms-to-be – baby-proof early. Do it now, while you’re nesting.

Here’s why –

– At six months, we were utterly exhausted but our little Rhoosters were one the move more than ever. Researching the products that best fit our needs, buying, and then installing them proved to be a stressful and time consuming task we wish we had tackled before our little ones became mobile.

– Our little explorers gravitated to the newest thing in the room. Which meant interest in freshly installed corner guards, plug covers, and other ingenious items we installed.

We know you’re exhausted and have a million things to do on that parenting list, but take one Saturday afternoon before your little one arrives and devote it to baby safety. You will thank us.

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Toddler See, Toddler Do – Being a Safety Role Model

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As parents, we are role models. Or given toddlers, more like mimic models. This is why the Rhoost moms have now say “Fudge” or “Shoot” or “Fluster Duck” rather than the alternatives. But when it comes to child safety are we setting a good example?

Here are just a few habits we had to break to make sure we were inspiring our little Rhoosters.

Climbing: Do you climb over your safety gate? Think twice before inspiring the little ones with this trick.

Stepping Up: Need to pull down something from that top shelf? Use a step ladder rather than popping onto a handy kitchen chair. It’s safer for you and sets a better example.

Both Ways: In a quiet neighborhood it’s easy to forget the rules about crossing the street, especially if you’re hurry to get home after a long afternoon at the playground. Start setting good habits now by taking every street crossing opportunity to look both ways, cross at crosswalks, and wait for walk signals.

Manners. Manners. Manners: Are you saying please and thank you to your significant other? Practice your politeness to inspire your little one.

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