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How to enjoy holidays with a toddler

Thursday, 7 July 2016  | 

Going On Holiday With A Toddler

I'm going away in the next few weeks for a week's family holiday. This holiday will be very different to previous family holidays we have enjoyed - this year we have a toddler. When Jack was a newborn and even when he had just turned one, going on holiday was easy. He would sit in the pushchair happily and would lie down without me having to worry about him running around. Easily entertainable then, this year will be quite different.

I'm preparing for this holiday as much as I can. Knowing that I have done my research and planning will definitely make the holiday more enjoyable. These are just some of the things that I am doing to prepare for a holiday with a toddler.

1) Look into the area to find things that are toddler friendly

This has been one of the main things that I have done to prepare for our holiday. Whilst we want to ensure we relax and have a break, we want to make sure that Jack experiences new things and has an opportunity to enjoy things that are age-appropriate. Soft play centres, zoos, farms, the beach, play areas - these are all things that I have researched and found near where we are staying. We may not visit them all but knowing that regardless of the weather (it's a UK break) there will be something for Jack to do.

2) Be organised and find little things to pack that will be completely new to your child

I'm not talking about spending lots of money on new toys for your toddler but I have picked up a few things for Jack to take on holiday that he will not have seen before. This for me has been simple things like a magazine, chalks and a new colouring book. I have also packed a few new things for the Journey as 3 hours in a car is not ideal.

3) Check what you need to take to your accommodation for your toddler

Different places provide different things for your stay. Some places provide cots and highchairs others don't. We are staying somewhere that doesn't provide those amenities for toddlers so we of course will be taking our own. Another thing to consider will be whether you need a stair gate. We are staying in a house but have decided not to take a stair gate as this year we are having a downstairs bedroom.

4) Don't try to stick to a precise schedule

This is just one for me.I love routine but on holiday I'm going to try to relax and not to plan every minute of the break. Life is busy enough at home. As long as we all have a lovely time that is all that matters.

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