Looking for tips to survive toddler outings? You are in the right place!
We all know getting out the door with a dressed and fed toddler is a real task! You’ll be doing any and everything to make sure they’re okay, and yet, they’ll start crying after every five minutes.
But there is good news. With time and practice, you can find different ways that make your kid calm and encourage them to cry less and enjoy the moment.
Here are seven hacks you can try to ensure everything goes smoothly and your toddler keeps you sane during the outings.
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1. Feed Them Before You Head Out
Since kids don’t get comfortable eating out in a public place, be sure to feed them before you step out of the house. Be it for lunch, picnic, or long-hour traveling.
Also, make sure to not overfeed them as they might throw up on the way.
2. Take a Stroller for Safety
If you have a newborn or a toddler, it’s best to take a stroller to keep them in a safe place. It will help you easily carry them from A to B without having to worry about anything.
Go for urban strollers, which provide both style and functionality, and come with a canopy to protect your kid from sunlight.
3. Step Out After They Take a Nap
Toddlers often get hyper and active when they’re tired. So, make sure you let them take a long nap and then step out for the adventure.
Kids feel refreshed and energetic after taking proper rest, which will keep them calm during the day trip.
4. Don’t Forget the Snacks
Kids never eat properly and want something to munch on every half an hour. Ask your partner a day before the tour to buy all the snacks and keep them in the car.
Eating during the trip will also keep them engaged, and they’ll annoy you less.
5. Take Friends Along
Taking your friends or family members along is a great way to keep your toddler entertained and engaged during the outing.
Prefer friends who have three to four older adults as kids find it easy to play with adults and have a good time with them. This will also help you socially connect and make better relationships.
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6. Mimic the Right Public Behavior
We all know how good kids are at mimicking. They learn from the people around them. Whenever you’re out in public, always mimic good behavior so that they notice and eventually catch on to it for the next time.
For instance, if you use hand gestures to tell your partner not to speak loudly in a public place, they will keep this in mind.
7. Try to Visit the Same Places
Though it might be less exciting for the parents, it’s settling for the toddlers. Going to that same museum or that park, again and again, triggers a sense of familiarity, and the kid would feel they have a handle on the environment.
This will allow them to behave properly in public and enjoy the things there.
Be Patient with the process
Patience is a virtue, especially for parents taking their toddlers on outings! We all know it`s never easy taking out the kids outside.
They can easily frustrate us but remind yourself they are just little kids. Reminding yourself why you are doing this makes you more patient and focus on the goal.
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Do you have any tips to survive toddler outings?
Although there will be moments of frustration where you would feel like screaming and telling them ‘stop it and behave,’ you need to understand they’re tiny beings.
Cutting them slack while they keep annoying you should be part of the game! Be patient, and you’ll know the drill.
Molly | Transatlantic Notes says
I can see how useful these tips are as I am sure preparing a trip out with a toddler can take quite some organization! I will share this with friends/family who have little ones.
Matt Two Tickets To says
Some really great tips here! It sounds like patience over the longer term will be key to bedding these in. Thanks for sharing your advice!
I agree with all of the above. One thing I always do is make sure that I bring an extra set of clothes, just in case. You never know when they might spill or get into something! This has saved me on multiple occasions. 🙂
Bringing extra clothes is such a good additional tip. Thanks, Heidi.