Children's Hospital of Colorado is definitely a place where my family seeks advice and help since Little M was born. We trust their expert advice and their amazing doctors and staff. I'm not sure what we would do without them.
Children's has created a resource called Just Ask Children's that allows parents to ask medical experts important questions. With the holidays fast approaching, this month's focus is helping parents to create happy, healthy holidays.
We'll begin the holidays by traveling a long distance to see family and friends. This can be very stressful when we aren't prepared. I appreciate the great tips Children's has provided for traveling long distance with a toddler.
- Bring many activities to keep your child's focus for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Try to bring something new that will keep your child's interest, such as coloring books, stickers, books, and arts and crafts. The dollar store is a great place to find these items.
- Bring your own snacks and sippy cups to prevent spills. And provide special treats for rewards for things like buckling their seat belts and sitting still.
- Bring a change of clothes and dress in layers. You never know what the temperature may be.
- Bring your child's favorite toy or blanket to help ease tantrums and meltdowns.
- Try to keep your child on their schedule, including naps.
- Take walks up and down the aisle when it's safe to do so.
- Consider a little extra screen time.
- And consider bringing your toddlers car seat to keep them safely buckled.
When going out of town for the holidays, there are often different rules our children follow. Children's reminds us of the importance to talk to our children ahead of time. Let them know that some rules are the same, like being kind to others and using good manners. But other rules might be different, such as, bed times might change and extra sweets are a special treat during the holidays.
Eating healthy is another challenge we face when traveling over the holidays. Children's suggests asking those in charge of meals to let them know your desire for healthy eating options during your stay. You can also ask how you can help to prepare meals or bring your own healthy snacks. And of course be flexible. Healthy options might not be available all of the time.
For more great holiday tips and advice, visit Just Ask Children's, next Tuesday, November 25th, from 9 am - 4 pm, to ask your important questions. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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