Call us crazy but my husband and I love doing big trips and taking our kids with us. In fact, in the next two months we are leaving the country with our baby and our toddler twice. And the baby? He’s easy. The toddler on the other hand? Much more work! Here’s what we do to make traveling with our toddler easier:
1) Pack easy outfits – for us this means dresses and rompers galore. No having to find the matching set we just grab a one piece and go, which also means less laundry. It helps that our toddler only wants to wear dresses!
2) Stock up on easy toys – window clings, coloring books, little packs of crayons, whatever you think will keep your toddler occupied whether in a hotel room, in the car, or on a plane. You can usually find some great little toys at the dollar store that are perfect for traveling!
3) Make sure your iPad is charged – never leave for a trip without a charge iPad, or whatever other tablet you use. Also make sure you’ve downloaded plenty of your child’s favorite TV shows and any games that they love can run when not connected to the internet.
4) All the snacks – don’t skimp on the snacks. Even if you’re road tripping and planning to stop and eat make sure you bring plenty of snacks because you know your toddler will get hungry when there is nothing around.
5) Bring a Travel Buddy – before our most recent trip and in preparation of our big upcoming trips I wanted to get Maddie Grace a travel buddy to take with us so that she could have him on the road as a reminder of home and thought it would be fun for her to get some pictures of him in front of different landmarks. So we headed to Build-A-Bear Workshop so she could help make one herself to make it extra special. I actually wasn’t sure if my 2 year old would be old enough to understand it, but she loved the whole experience!
First we picked out a bear. I fully expected Maddie Grace to go for the princess bear or the Peppa Pig doll, but she actually wanted the traditional Build-A-Bear bear! We had the option of adding scent or sound but Maddie Grace wasn’t very interested in those, but what she absolutely loved was putting the heart in the bear. She still talks about that every time she is hanging out with ‘Teddy’ as we named him and says how she “put his heart in his tummy!” very proudly. Next MG was able to step on the pedal to fill Teddy up with plush, and pick out an outfit for him. And out of all the outfits, she picked out a Georgia football outfit one, which should tell you she is being raised well. She actually gets really upset when he isn’t wearing his football outfit and insists he needs his clothes.
Now Teddy gets to come with us on our trips and all around Atlanta so he is a constant friend to have by her side no matter where we are! He is a toy for the kids, a comfort thing, and just a lot of fun. Because every kid needs a Teddy Build-A-Bear Workshop is hosting National Teddy Bear Day this year with a limited edition teddy bear for only $5 (plus applicable taxes) and only in store on September 9th! Two other bears, Lil’ Vanilla Bean Cub and Lil’ Hazelnut Cub, will also be available for $5 each, and guests can purchase a maximum of 5 bears for $5! For each $5 bear purchased Build-A-Bear will donate one furry friend to Toys for Tots in the US. Find the Build-A-Bear Workshop closest to you and learn more about National Teddy Bear Day here!
Join in on the National Teddy Bear Day fun with the Twitter party taking taking place Thursday September 8th from 9-10 PM EST. Make sure to RSVP here! Want a way to enter another $100 gift card to Build-A-Bear workshop? One of my lucky readers will be sent one to get a travel buddy for their tot! Enter below and good luck!
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Regardless all thoughts and opinions are my own.