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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Words. Words. Words. – Reading Recommendation

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We all know that reading is important for our children’s  language development, brain development, and overall well-being. But it can be hard to persevere when your child only appreciates the tasty corners of board books or is asking for the fifteenth reading of “Pat the Bunny”. In. A. Row.

So in our ongoing mission to help parents, we wanted to offer some book recommendations to complement the classics that may already be on your bookshelf.

July Recommendation: Again by Emily Gravett

Repetition is a joy, as well as developmental requirement for toddlers. Less so for parents.

Again tells the story of a sleepy mommy dragon whose feisty offspring insists that his fairy tale be read “Again!” And again. Alas, sometimes a sleepy mommy dragon can only resist slumber for so long. And a grumpy little dragon has to deal with the consequences of his anger.

(Spoiler Alert)

That mad little dragon burns up with so much anger that his fiery breath burns a hole through the end of his book – a very real hole in the back cover – forcing the fairy tale characters to flee.

My two-year-old Rhooster was blown away by this. Waking up the next morning, my little one pointed at the book basket and said “That book has a hole mommy! A hole!” The little Rhooster is still talking about the dragon.

Beyond captivating my toddler and having a very creative concept, the book has been great for teachable moments. I’ve used it to talk about the consequences of anger, the power of empathy (aka mommy can get sleepy too), and the importance of manners (Again, _please_!).

Recommended ages are 2-6.  Let us know what you think if this book and what you are reading…

 

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