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Traveling with a Toddler

So you tried to delay it as much as you could but the time is here… You need to travel with your toddler. This is probably one of the most terrifying experiences for any parent.  As we all know, every baby is different and as much as you plan and prep, it might not end up as perfect as you planned. However, there are definitely things you can do to help for a (dare I say it) pleasant flight!  See below for traveling tips!

  • Book your flight during your toddler’s nap time.  This will almost ensure that your child sleeps for a good portion of your flight.  The key is to not disrupt your child’s routine too much i.e. waking up early.  Restful baby is a happy baby!
  • Before heading to the airport, make sure you’re familiar with your airline policy regarding child gear.  Most airlines allow you to bring a stroller and car seat without any additional charges. Also, make sure to find out if your diaper bag is considered a personal item or if that’s an additional luggage.  You don’t want to find all of this when you’re at the gate so do your homework beforehand.  Most airlines have all of this information online so it should be easy to get the answers you need.
  • Speaking of gear, try to contact a local hotel if you need a pack and play or crib when traveling.  Most hotels have them and they are rarely used.  It will save you having to carry or ship yet another gear for your baby.
  • Let your toddler exude as much energy as possible right before getting on the plane.  I’ve seen some parents tell their toddlers to sit and be patient once they get to the gate but I say, let them run around.  They’re going to have to sit for hours so why not let them stretch out their legs before boarding.  Plus, the more tired they are, the more likely they will sleep for you on the plane!
  • Buy them their own suitcase and/or backpack.  As you know, toddlers want to do whatever you do.  This includes pushing around a suitcase.  I have seen parents and child having a full blown meltdown at the airport because the child wanted to pull the suitcases.  This is an easy way to alleviate that issue!  It also lets them feel like they are “helping” making it a fun experience for them. Skip Hop has super cute and affordable ones that are both parents and child approved!
  • Bring snacks!!!  Even though you want to make sure that your child has had a good meal before getting on the plane, make sure to bring their favorite snacks.  You don’t know when you’re might get suck on the plane. Plus, snacks is a good way to (temporarily) distract your toddler.  Don’t forget a sippy cup to keep them hydrated.
  • Buy them a new toy.  So your baby has napped and eaten their snacks and you still have an hour to go!  What are you going to do???  Break out a new toy.  Make sure it’s new and something they have never seen before because that way, they will be more willing to play with it longer.  And the toy doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can go to your local Dollar Tree and buy a few new things for them.  I personally love a Mr. PotatoHead doll if they don’t already have one.  It’s a small toy and it provides tons of funs!  A magnetic puzzle is also a great option. The key is that the toy be small, easy to travel with and new.
  • Break out the tablet. Though I’m not a personal fan of electronics for toddlers, a long airplane ride is one of my exceptions. Make sure to download a few episodes of their favorite shows and/or movie. Make sure to download different shows to provide your toddler with options.  Getting them earphones is also great for them and for your fellow passengers.

Hope this helps you alleviate your anxiety about traveling with your toddler.

Feel free to share your own tips or ask any questions!  I would love to hear from you!


Hello Fellow Mommies!

I’m Ananis! You’re probably thinking how the heck do you pronounce that? Think Ana-nephew; Ana-Niece! I’m so excited to invite you to join me in this new adventure! As a fairly new mom, I searched all over the Internet looking for a great mommy blog for inspiration and support. However, I never found one that was geared towards me so, with the help of my marketing guru husband; I decided to simply create my own! I will share with you what I’m most passionate about: being a mom, throwing great and (inexpensive) parties, discovering easy and delicious meals, organizing a home and giving you some tips, tricks and advice on what I’ve learned about being pregnant, breastfeeding and raising a toddler. As I’m not a fashionista or a fitness guru, you won’t find much fashion or exercise advice on here. You can thank me later!

So who the heck am I? Well, I’m a wife to an incredible and supportive husband and a mom to a beautiful, super silly and extremely energetic little girl. I love all things positive and PINK! I work full time as an events coordinator for a major hotel chain and now I’m a blogger! Planning events is my job so I wanted to share what I’ve learned. You can easily throw a fabulous party and not have to dip into the college fund. There are tons of websites out there for party inspiration but they are not for real moms like you and me.   Most of them just post these absolutely gorgeous pictures but don’t show you the step by step on how to actually execute them. Also, most of these gorgeous parties are actually done by professional planners. I don’t know about you but I’m not hiring a professional planner to throw my toddler’s birthday party. And now with my help, you definitely don’t have to.

Besides loving to throw parties, I love to cook. However, as a full time mommy, cooking must be easy and quick. I don’t have hours to prepare a 5 course meal especially on the weekdays. I found myself constantly cooking the same 5 meals because they were easy to make. Though my husband would never admit it, it got a bit boring after a while. There’s only so much chicken piccata you can eat. So I made it a point to search high and low for great easy recipes. I asked fellow moms, went online and dusted off my cookbooks that I eagerly registered for when I was a blissful bride. Hopefully, this will make your life a little easy when it’s 6pm and you have no idea what to make for dinner. Believe me, I’ve been there!

And I’ve left my favorite passion for last; organizing! I love it so much that I have contemplated being a home stager. However, I decided I would rather write about it than actually do it. So I will share with you how I’ve been able to keep my home as organized as it can be with a toddler running around. If I can do it, you can definitely do it especially now with all the fabulous (and inexpensive) storage solutions out there. Here’s to a clutter-free (or how I like to say “clutter-less”) home!

Now that I’ve told you a little about myself, I would love to hear about you! Please share your own advice, tips, tricks and stories with me. Also, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything I’ve talked about. I would absolutely love to hear from you!

Thanks so much!

Remember you are SIMPLY extraordinary!