The holidays are a wonderful, festive and very high paced time of year. Everyone is rushing around shopping, decorating, visiting with friends and family and going to holiday parties. So what’s a mom to do when she has a toddler in tow who does NOT like all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Here are a few tips that will help keep your toddler happy during this hectic and exciting time of year.
First off, a well rested toddler is so much easier to deal with rather than a very tired, grumpy and down right ill toddler. I know all too well how hard it is to deal with a tired toddler and I learned long ago that nothing is more important, when it comes to the holidays, than a toddler who has had their daily nap.
Usually by this age a toddler has developed a unique daily schedule and he or she truely counts on that schedule being upheld each and every day. I know it can be difficult to always be at home during naptime but I highly suggest that you find a way to do it as often as humanly possible. Even if it means that you have to go all the way home in the middle of a full day of shopping.
Your toddler’s naptime can even give you a moment of peace to yourself after dealing with all of your holiday errands. If you are out of town then try to create a sleep area that is as similar to your toddler’s own bed at home. Trust me when I say that you will appreciate this tip when you see that beautiful little face all smiling and happy after their nap.
Sometimes food can just slip your mind when you are so very busy with all things holiday related. But your toddler will unhappily remind you of a missed meal right in the most inappropriate moment. If you have a full day of errands to do then it’s a good idea to pack snacks and drinks for you and your toddler.
Even if you think you will only be gone for a short amount of time it’s still a good idea to pack something. Sometimes a one hour trip can turn into an all day affair. You can pack things like juice boxes, dry cereals, finger sandwiches or even one of those packs that kids take to school that have crackers, cheese and ham in them. Anything that is easy to transport and won’t spoil is perfect to take along with you on a day outing.