It is enjoyable to travel as a family at whatever age our children are at, we don’t have to wait till they are all grown so we can have a road trip or fly for holiday or delay that family get together. We do life together with them as young as they areno matter what. Though enjoyable, it doesn’t come with its pros andcons travelling as it involves a lot of pre-planning and packing to ensure you don’t leave anything behind.
The truth is no matter how hectic it is, we cannot keep them holed up in the house for all their baby life. We only need to come round it and know how to keep them jolly and comfortable all through the travel. One thing that is majorly important is their sleep, a well-rested child is happy and healthy and in turn everybody is happy.
Putting your toddler to sleep enroute
Whether you travel during the day or night, your toddler is likely to fall asleep, it seems like travelling soothes them to sleep. You will need to bring a travel cot to ensure they sleep comfortably and un-interrupted. Toddlers are different and they behave differently to change of environment, while some will easily be calm and fall asleep easy, others will be anxious and tend to cry a lot as they fall asleep. It is important to prepare for anything especially if you are travelling for the very first time with them. Bringing one of their favorite bed time toys or blanket or reading them a story would help calm them down.
Ensure you pack well in advance and using a checklist so you are sure you won’t forget anything. Some toddlers are not good sleepers once their environment changes, they will have difficulty adapting and sleeping. This can cause anxiety to both the parents and the child leading to lack of sleep to both. You are advised to make sure you feed your toddler well with a balanced diet and keep them warm maybe you can hold them close to you if they are too anxious.
Choosing the right baby travel cot
It is very important to choose a travel cot that fits within your budget, comfortable to your child and is close to what they use at home for familiarity purposes. If you purchase your travel cot a few days before you travel, have the child use it maybe during the day sleep to allow them have a feel of it and watch their response. The market is presenting us with an overwhelming choice of travel cots to choose from and its best to know what exactly we are looking for before we hit the market. They come in many types today ranging from inflatable cots, folding cots, popup travel cots, bassinette travel cot etc. The choice is yours but remember you are choosing it for your little one, let them not see much difference from what they are used to at home.
Important things to consider:
- Age related –Different models can only accommodate a certain age bracket. For example bassinette travel cotsare designed for newborns upto 4 months. This is because they are small in size and cannot fit bigger babies.
- Weight – with your luggage all packed up, the least you want is any added weight all in the name of a toddler travel cot. It is wise to buy light cots and if possible foldable to be able to easily pack them into your bags or car. A popup travel cot is lightweight weighs around three kilos. It comes in a foldable frame that is firm and padded with four mesh sides that allows free air circulation when the child is sleeping. Inflatable mattress cots are even lighter and many have chosen them to be their children’s travel partners. There are variable foldable lightweight options in the market to choose from, chose what pleases you and what fits your child’s needs. Much as we consider the weight, think of the size too, consider a size that easily fits to allow easy movement.
- Stability – this is very important when it comes to toddlers cots especially for the foldable cots, inflatable mattresses. They must be stable enough to hold your child’s weight and allow them to sleep comfortably without shaking.
- Ease of assembling – It is one thing to buy a foldable and it’s another to be able to easily and quickly assemble it a ready cot. If it is complicated with lots of screwing work to assemble clearly you won’t be able to do it while you are travelling, worse still you might lose the screws while working and end up in a bigger mess. Ensure you get one that is easily put together and dismantled at the same time to allow easy movement.
- Mattress – A cot is made more comfortable by the mattress. If the cot doesn’t come with a mattress, shop for a mattress that fits perfectly on the cot and that provides a comfortable surface for the baby to enjoy sleeping on.
- Cost – We can shop all we want but we must ensure it fits within our budget, that’s why it is important to shop early before we travel to allow us time to go through different brands at different prices before we can settle on that which is pocket friendly.
It is our task to find out more information about a particular brand before we can really invest in it. Getting enlightened about the pros and cons about the product is key to finding good value for your money. With the right toddler travel cot and a lot of love your child will be well rested and therefore minimal or no fuss will be experienced. If the travel involves older children the whole family will enjoy traveling with the little one.
Invest in yourself physically and emotionally by taking a rest before you travel to allow time for your body and your mind to rest. Inform your family members well in advance about the travel so you can allow then enough time to pack and rest before the travel too. Older children need time ample time to pack and inspection of what they have packed. Do this well in advance to allow changes or additions.