This week’s traveling with children tips come from Eva Van Strijp, founding member of the ANA and owner of Seedling Baby.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
Yes, that is true. The journey does matter more so when you’re traveling with kidlets in tow.
Traveling Tales with Kiddies
- Carry plenty of easy-to-eat food with you. Kids get hungry all.the.time when you’re on a road trip or in the plane… both places where it can be tough to find something yummy to eat. Need lunch ideas? Here are our top picks!
- Play games to pass the time. Old-fashioned travel games, like I Spy can be a fun way for the family to pass time and bond as well.
- Give each child their own entertainment pack for the trip and prevent squabbles and whining.
- If you have bubs in nappies, make sure you have plenty of nappies handy for travel time!
Make Feeding Time FUN!
Whether you’re traveling or not, feeding kids can be fuss-free and fun-filled with just a few tips and ideas:
- Include variety. Babies love trying (and spitting out!) new things.
- Encourage independent feeding. As messy as it may get, self-feeding generally helps kids eat better. They get to really explore their food and enjoy the feeding experience. Plus, you don’t have to struggle with trying to force a spoon into a tight-lipped toddler’s mouth! Win-win!
- Eat together as often as you can. With small kiddies, it can be tough to stick to one meal time but sitting together as a family to eat is not only good for family bonding but also helps kids eat better and learn etiquette.
- Keep plenty of bibs and wipes handy for mess-free, fuss-free feeding. Got some flat cloth nappies on hand? These make great lap napkins!
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six, founding member of the Australian Nappy Association and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.