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RV Travel Tips With Toddlers
Toddlers are funny, curious, and interesting. Although they are great at finding activities to keep them occupied, their attention span lasts for no more than five minutes on any single game, toy, or activity. Usually this poses no problem when trying to keep them busy and happy while at home but when parents decide to drive an RV on a long road trip, their cute, little toddler can become a huge nightmare.
To0ddlers Need Frequent Stops
Just as with older children and adults, toddlers and younger children can become bored being in a confined space for hours on end. The difference between adults and toddlers is that adults do not have meltdowns when they have reached the limits of their patience. Making a short stop every hour or so is ideal at combating whining and boredom.
Pack an RV Emergency Fun Kit
Pack a bag full of cheap toys purchased before the RV trip the he has never seen before and pull them out whenever he or she becomes inconsolable. A few ideas for an emergency fun kit include Matchbox cars, a stuffed animal, a colorful book, and any toy that makes noise.
Some parents might buy needs toys that their toddler has not played with before for the fun kit. A variety of new toys is often more exciting than the same old toys and may hold their attention longer.
Toddler’s Favorite Movies and Music
A lot of RVs come equipped with a television and DVD player. Bringing along movies starring a toddler’s favorite characters can provide hours of entertainment. If the RV does not have a DVD player, buying or borrowing one from a neighbor will do the trick.
When nothing else seems to calm a toddler, sometimes music can help. Many toddlers already show a preference towards certain styles of music. It is easy and fairly inexpensive to use a computer for compiling various music selections to a CD.
Pack Plenty of RV Travel Snacks
Do not underestimate the power of comfort food. It is not a good idea to wait until a scheduled eating stop to finally feed a toddler; hungry toddlers are cranky toddlers. Pack a cooler full of fruit juice and various snacks that he or she likes. Keeping a toddler as close to their eating schedule as possible is one great way to ensure the RV trip goes as smoothly as possible.
Toddlers Need Comfort Objects
It is perfectly normal for babies and toddlers to have a security object that brings them comfort. An RV trip is a new experience for a wide-eyed toddler. But bringing along their comfort object to help them feel more secure in their new surroundings can possible prevent meltdowns before they happen.
Space is limited in an RV, so parents may want to limit the comfort items to something small and easily stored. A favorite blanket or small stuffed animal is a good comfort object for toddlers to bring along. A photo of a family member is another good object to bring along that comforts some toddlers and will not take up much space in the RV.
Toddlers Need to Follow Rituals
Whether at home or across the country, bedtime is still bedtime for a toddler. This is why it is important to follow the same bedtime rituals with which they are familiar, such as singing songs or reading books. Having the familiar in an unfamiliar environment is soothing to any toddler.
When the special needs of toddlers are taken into consideration, RV traveling can be fun and exciting. Parents need to remember the simple things that young children need.