10 Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Toddlers

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Going on a Road Trip with toddlers can be scary. But it can also be a blast!!!! And, it can be SO much easier than it sounds! With a little bit of planning ahead you and your toddler will have a blast on your road trip! And you will totally survive with your sanity in check!!! Try some of these simple, tips to survive a road trip with toddlers!!
Get Organized

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Before you even start your trip, figure out a way to stay organized! This Back Seat Car Organizer has kinda been a life saver for me!I am constantly reaching back into the back to hand a snack, give a binkie, clean up a spill, kiss a boo boo etc….being organized and using an organizer in the car makes it SO much easier. Especially if your toddler can reach the organizer. My son can reach most of the stuff in his organizer and he knows when he is finished with something he needs to hand it back to me. Keeping organized on a trip keeps my sanity and makes life a whole lot easier. This product definitely helped with that!!! Whether you choose to use an organizer, tupperware, baggies etc…find a way that works for you to keep your car clean and organized during the drive. Make sure you have a bag set aside for garbage!

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Must Have Printables for Your Babysitter!

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One of the scariest thoughts of bringing home baby number two in a few weeks is making sure my two year old is well taken care of while Mom and Dad are at the hospital! My mom will be the one with the awesome job of keeping the two year old alive while we are at the hosptial. So, I know that he is in good hands! But, my biggest concern is not having the time to make sure she knows all she needs to before we jet off to the hospital!

Being prepared in case of an emergency or unexpected circumstance crucial! Especially with little ones at home.If Mom and Dad have to leave quickly…what is the plan for the littles at home? Don’t get caught unprepared!! Being prepared will make an Emergency a lot easier to deal with! Especially if you aren’t panicking about the little people at home!

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What is the M-CHAT Autism Screener?

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You may not even know that at your child’s 18 month Well Child Check your doctor will have you complete an Autism Checklist/Screener called the M-Chat. ( The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised (M-CHAT-R™) ) Yep! Its true. Most of the time, your pediatrican will quickly review the scores and only talk to you about it if there is a concern. (Note: Most pediatricians use the M-CHAT but not all).

So, what is the M-Chat? And what does it involve? 

The M-CHAT is a “Scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 and 30 months of age that assesses the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” The great thing about the M-CHAT is that it was created to be administered to parents/guardians and then read and interpreted by a pediatrician.

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How to Use First/Then Behavior Charts + Free Printable!!!

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First/Then charts are one of my favorite behavior aids! They are easy to use and easy for kids to understand! It can be SO hard for our tiny humans to grasp the concept of First/Then. “FIRST we are eating dinner, THEN you can play outside”.  When really, all they heard was, “play outside”. By using a “First/Then” chart you can help them understand by giving them a visual.

First/Then charts are also amazing to use as simple picture schedules. For many children, especially those with disabilities, having a visual picture schedule is CRUCIAL! By using a First/Then schedule your kids will be able to anticipate what is going to happen next. This in itself can eliminate many problem behaviors.

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Potty Training

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Potty training can be STRESSFUL!! It is one of the most dreaded thing in parenthood. But, potty training does NOT have to be a tortuous event for you or your child! Potty training is a lot easier if you follow some simple potty training LAWS. Here are the DO’s and DON’Ts of Potty Training!!!

Do: Wait until your child is READY. If you try to potty train your child before they are ready you might as well forget it! When they aren’t ready it is messy, stressful, and in short disastrous!! Check out “How to know if my child is ready to ditch the diapers” for signs of potty training readiness. You also want to make sure YOU are ready! If you aren’t fully committed, it will not work!

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