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5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

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September 9, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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We survived our first official family vacation!  This weekend we traveled to Central Massachusetts to explore the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA.

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Our first stop was the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield, MA.  After our car ride, we knew Sam needed a chance to stretch his legs and shake his sillies out.  Yankee Candle Village Deerfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.comYankee Candle Village Deerfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.com

He even worked up the courage to pet this cow- so brave!

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Yankee Candle Village assaults your senses, but in a good way.  I took this “What’s Your Fragrance Perscentality?” quiz and I’m Buttercream!  Duh.  I could never buy a buttercream scented candle, though- it would make me so hungry.

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Yankee Candle Village Deerfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.com

The First Down Yankee Candle smells like teenage boy.  Yikes.  Yankee Candle Village Deerfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.com

Sam practiced smelling candles, too- he liked the Fall-inspired ones: Autumn Wreath and Pumpkin Pie.  Yankee Candle Village Deerfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.com

The next day we headed to Brimfield for the antique fair.  Despite the acres of antiques, I only managed to take pictures of these ornate antique stoves.  Brimfield Fair in Brimfield MA  | 5 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers | BettyCupcakes.com

I also took pictures of some food vendors.  I had an (unpictured) Pilgrim Sandwich which made me so excited for Thanksgiving- turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo on a roll.

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At the end of six hours of walking and carrying a thirty pound toddler, we treated ourselves to two Harpoon IPAs and 10 minutes of sitting.  It was glorious.

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And then we came home!  We bought tons of decorations for our new house and just enjoyed some non-stop family time.  Though some might think we’re nuts for taking our toddler to an antique show filled with breakable and expensive items, we had a great time.  Sam is a total social butterfly, so he enjoyed waving to everyone.  Such a flirt!

Here are a few tips on how we traveled with a toddler and still had a good time!

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1. Choose your hotel wisely.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Auburn, MA which was a great location.  The Holiday Inn Express is only 30 minutes from the antique show, but it is about a half mile from a grocery store and mall which would come in handy if you forgot any essentials.  If you can, get a suite with a spare room.  We weren’t able to do that, so we can prepared for early bedtimes with Kindles and iPhones.  However, we never used those and just sacked out around 9 pm with the wee one.  Traveling with toddlers is exhausting.

2.  Wear that baby!

Sam tolerates his stroller these days, but he prefers running on his own or being carried.  He’s a pretty big kid, so we’ve had to figure out ways to carry him that don’t send us to the chiropractor.  Dad’s favorite way to carry him is on the shoulders and I’m into the Ergo.  He even took a nap in the Ergo while we roamed the aisles- winning!  Baby wearing is also so helpful in navigating a packed airport.

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3. Pack snacks!

Lots and lots of snacks.  Check out my post here about my 5 favorite snacks that travel well.  When traveling, make sure you keep that toddler fed at regular intervals and don’t forget to stop for lunch.  We were lucky to find milk at several food trucks.  Just ask!  Even if it’s not on the menu, they probably have it for coffee and will happily fill a cup for you.

4. Don’t be afraid to say yes.

Kid wants to play a quick game of chase?  Sure!  Toddler cannot live without a $3 matchbox car?  Buy it!  Sometimes the path of least resistance is the best one.  Choose your battles- you’re on vacation and you want everyone to have a good time.  Stick to your routines and rules as long as they make sense for the situation- if they don’t, adjust.  No one ever died because they only ate Froot Loops for breakfast (not that I would know).

5. Know when to quit.

We learned this the hard way.  After a six-hour day of antiquing/walking/traveling, you should not take your child to a restaurant.  Pick up a pizza or sandwich and head back to the room to wind down.   If you’re lucky, your child will find the air conditioner as fascinating as Sammy did and you can relax on the bed and watch the Food Network.


  • We have been travelling with ours since she was born and we love it! She was very used to being out and about. A big thing we learned is it is OK to deviate from your schedule and let them eat when they are hungry and nap when they are ready. The same routines that work at home do not always work on a trip. Looks like you had fun!

  • […] our weekend in central Massachusetts, we did more than just antique.  We ate, too! Bub’s Bar B Q in Sunderland, MA is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants […]

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