Going anywhere with your toddler can be a tricky thing to do, but it can also be loads of fun. It all depends on how you choose to look at a situation, as well as… your luck. To make it as pain-free and fun-filled as possible, here are some tips you might find helpful for when you’re going on an outing with your toddler.
The one thing we all know about kids is that they’re extremely good at throwing tantrums. There is a high possibility that you’re going to have to deal with one of those when you’re out with your kid. What’s important to keep in mind is that you need to be patient. Kids don’t know how to express themselves the way we do. What do they do instead? They throw tantrums. Should you find yourself in this situation, be patient and try to figure out what the tantrum is about so that you can work towards solving it. Remember that you are not responsible or accountable to other parents or kids who might be giving you dirty looks because of your little one. You are accountable to your little one. Your child is your priority, so don’t get angry just because of a few dirty looks.
2. Equal Treatment:
For the optimum pleasurable experience, treat your kid with equality. Whether this means talking to your child as you would to someone your own age, when trying to figure out the tantrum trigger, or whether it means picking out the activity to do, equality is key. Neither of you will have fun if one of you is doing something you don’t want to do. Come up with a plan together or take turns deciding what to do. That’s one way of building a better and stronger relationship with your little one.
3. Be Vigilant:
Kids get excited, that’s a given. This is even more so true when you’re outside. It’s a whole new world, a billion times larger than inside the house, for your child to explore. Things can get pretty wild. Vigilance is going to become your best friend. When you’re outside the house, your kid is going to be running all over the place. You’ve got to keep your eyes on your child at EVERY second because they will be in a new spot faster than you can say Manchurian. If for some reason you HAVE to divert your attention, make sure you get someone to cover for you. Kids are inquisitive, so you can’t blame them. Set boundaries, pray that they’ll stick to those boundaries, and stay vigilant at all times, otherwise you’ll be causing yourself some unnecessary worrying.
4. Be Prepared:
Be prepare. There’s no better way to put it. Be prepared in case of any emergency you can think of. If your toddler is still in the diaper phase, make sure you have enough extras. Make sure you’re carrying a first aid kit, because we’ve already discussed how excited kids can get, and excitement tends to lead to hyperactivity and therefore injuries. Basically, carry anything you think you might need or your toddler might need during the course of this outing. Maybe a favourite stuffed toy, or a sun hat, or an umbrella, or a jacket. Be prepared.
If you’re going out during the day, when it’s sunny out, make sure you’ve got your kid to put on sunscreen (you’re going to have to put it for them anyway). Babies and toddlers tend to have very sensitive skin which can get easily sunburned, and sunburned skin is a pain to deal with. Literally, for your child, and figuratively for you. To avoid any unnecessary hassles, make sure you take the right precautions.
The foundation of crankiness, more often than not, lies in hunger. A cranky child is a hungry child. If you look at this positively, you could say, a happy child is a well-fed child. If you want to avoid unnecessary tantrums and crankiness, make sure your kid is well fed. This means, carrying snacks that’ll last you through the entire outing. Snacks don’t have to mean unhealthy snacks; they could mean fruit slices or biscuits, or anything that keeps the hunger away, basically.
Through the course of the day, people tend not to keep track of how much water they’re drinking. This may be true even with the amount of water your kids drink. Make sure you carry water or buy water and that you ensure that your little one drinks enough water throughout the day. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration which is a whole new set of problems that you don’t want to deal with or have your little one deal with.
Keeping these points in mind should help you have a relatively easy outing with your toddler. Who knows? You might even enjoy yourself!