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If you’ve ever had an infant or toddler strapped in to the back seat while driving through multiple states, or had to bring your screaming child on to an airplane, then you have experienced a little piece of Hell. That’s right! Little humans were not equipped to handle travel very well and they make that pretty clear. If you are among those who were labeled “that asshole” on public transportation, or if you’ve had to endure the torture of a crying child while driving to grandma’s house, then you have acquired another badge in the wonderful organization of parenthood.
Traveling with kids can be stressful and exhausting. If you are traveling with a sensitive kid, however, who hates any type of restraint, hates the unfamiliarity of strange places, and refuses to pee in public facilities, then you my friend have endured the dimension of pure nightmares. Vacations are no longer fun and you would rather stay home. You are not alone in this one. Grab a cup of coffee, take a seat, and let’s discuss Traveling with Babies and Toddlers on this edition of Morning Coffee Thoughts.
Traveling with Babies and Toddlers
If your baby, toddler, or young child hates the car seat, you have to mentally prepare yourself for endless hours of screaming and crying. Not to mention be “on alert” status you have to put yourself in when your child starts sling shooting toys, sippy cups, bottles, and other things across the seat. I still can’t figure out how I get hit in the back of the head. How is that possible?
If your child is a routine junkie, the mix-up of schedules and daily activities is the perfect antidote for hourly meltdowns. I hope you’re centered, mama, because your patience level is going to drain rather quickly. If you are not religious, you might want to look into praying. Even if it’s to the Wine God’s. Sir Cab, please get me thorough the next 3 hours until I can sneak away to the bar.
If your child is a home-body and hates being away from their own bed and personal belongings, be prepared to never sleep. Like, worse then usual. Just the weird smell of the hotel will be enough to induce nightmares so scary that you’ll start to wonder if your child will ever sleep again. “Why do families even go on vacations,” you’ll ask yourself over and over. You’ll tell yourself how terrible of an idea this was and that you’re never doing it again, but then you do.
When packing for vacation, you literally have to pack the entire house. If you are one of those people who over pack, this is going to suck so hard for you. There will be a lot of suitcases, a lot of running back and forth, and remembering to pack everything will never happen. Even if you make a list, you will forget something. This will ruin your entire trip. You’ll either have to spend a ridiculous amount of money purchasing items you forgot, or you’re going to have no other chose but turn around to go get it. So much for being on time.
Your kids will eat more snacks than real food, and when you get home from vacation they will assume this is a new thing. They will try to bribe you for snacks instead of full meals. Stay strong and you tell those stingy little goldfish eaters to back off. They’re just going to have to wait until the next vacation.
So many stops! If you have multiple kids, good luck. No one ever has to go to the bathroom at the same time. Someone is always hungry. Someone loses a purple crayon and we need to pull over to find it. Someone chucked their teddy across the seat and now they need it back. Someone needs caffeine (you). Someone is touching someone. Someone has to go to the bathroom, again.
The amount of crying that takes place always appears to double. There is so much crying. Crying in the car, crying on the plane, the train, in the Uber, in the hotel, at the amusement park. So much crying. How does one person emanate so much liquid from their eye’s. I don’t understand.
For the routiners, we have to organize each day around naps or suffer the consequences of a cranky child. Naps are pretty important in this scenario. If your little one is one of those kids that do not fall asleep where ever and when ever, then one parent has to leave the fun and head back to the hotel so your screaming demon can catch some z’s.
On second thought, let’s just stay home, hunny.
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