Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Traveling with a Toddler

This trip will be very different than other trips with Noah -
This is the first trip we've taken since he stopped sleeping in a crib...

And learned to push over a pack 'n play.

So, no more travel crib, pack 'n play, etc...

This trip, we're staying at our favorite off property house where Noah will sleep on the bottom bunk in his own room.

Now, obviously there are a couple of worries about this -

  1. It's not a toddler bed!
  2. There are STAIRS.  Not sure about other toddlers, but mine surely would be trying to climb up those at all times and most likely hurting him self.
Luckily, I know the house supplies bed rails.

But, what about those stairs?  I emailed the owner and asked if the stairs came off - she said they were screwed in.  So, on our packing list for this trip?  A screwdriver!  We'll be taking that down ASAP and hiding it in our closet so he doesn't climb on it even on the floor.

The other concern?  Stairs.  This is a 2 floor house with Noah's bedroom upstairs.  And, even though all the outlets are covered, there are no baby gates for those stairs.  

How to handle this one...  - safety door locks!  We have the same problem at home and once we took Noah out of his crib, I didn't want him leaving his room (he's fearless) and playing upstairs or even worse, opening up the baby gate and falling down the stairs.  So, we got those door know covers and he's locked in.  May sound crazy, but it's safer than the alternative.

I bought an extra set for traveling - one for his room and one for the bathroom connected to his bedroom. 

What other tools of the trade do you use when traveling with a toddler?


  1. I love the color of the bed and it just look so naturally beautiful. though yes it may not be suitable for a toddler but I guess some fix here and that a little may resolve it.

  2. "Sippy cup straps". Available anywhere baby items are sold. We travel with several. 1 each for sippy cup, snack cup, toy, and a spare. Haven't lost anything since. We also bring one of those huge stroller canopies that fold into a small flat circle (made by several companies). Very versatile, and can be pulled larger or smaller depending upon need. Complete sun protection.

  3. We do the same thing at home. My youngest son is 3 and we still have to lock him in his room....he knocks when he wakes up in the morning. You have to keep them safe. My other 2 kids were not curious and never did a thing but wake me up in the morning. Enjoy your trip!

  4. We struggled with this on the last #Disney trip. Too big for pac n play but too flip floppy for bed rails. John actually flipped OVER the bed rails in his sleep. Really not sure how he did that. Any suggestions from other Moms are sooo welcome!