Traveling with toddlers is never easy. You may find your child perfectly happy one minute and inconsolable the next. The fact is that toddlers tire very quickly of traveling and if you are planning a long trip, you may have your hands full if you are not prepared. There are a number of toddler toys that you can take along on your next trip to ensure that you have something to occupy your child when he or she begins to get a bit cranky. Choosing the right toys for toddler travel takes a bit of consideration and there are a few things that you should keep in mind when selecting toys to take along with you.
- Choose a variety of toys so that your child will not become bored. Children between the ages of 1 and 5 get bored very quickly. By choosing a wide selection of toys you will be able to stimulate your toddler in different ways. You are much more likely to have a toy that will capture and hold his attention if you have a variety available. You want to cater to your toddler’s different moods so select toys that will encourage building, reading, imaginary play, drawing and other activities.
- Select toys that are small or portable and serve a number of purposes. The less room your toys take up, the better. Depending on how you are traveling you may not have room for many toys. Smaller toys give you the ability to pack a wider variety. Just remember to make the toys age appropriate. Never pack small toys that will fit into a child’s mouth if the child is less than 3 years of age.
- Choose a bag that will hold the toys all together so that they will be easily accessible. You can pick up a diaper bag or backpack fairly inexpensively if you do not already have one lying around at home. Use this bag to pack nothing but toys so that you can quickly reach in and pull out something to offer your child if he or she begins to get restless.
Traveling with toddlers is very doable and can be very enjoyable, provided you are completely prepared. Choose a few of her favorite toys or stop and purchase a few inexpensive items before your trip. New toys are bound to peak your child’s curiosity and will help to keep your toddler occupied until you reach your destination.