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How to Survive the Holidays with Kids from Safety 1st



According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.

1.  Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2.  Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload. Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance. This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.

3.  “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4.  Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5.  Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment. Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.

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Annmarie John
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  1. I'll be shopping online (a carseat is on my list, lol), spending time with my family, and eating.

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  2. I'll be spending time with my family for the holidays. We always get together for the holidays!

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  3. We'll be spending time with both sides of the family, enjoying the new addition to our family! Baby Madelyn's first holidays. :)

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  4. We visit family every year for Christmas but we spend Thanksgiving at home

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  5. I always spend the holidays with my family and my husband's family but this year is extra special because it is the first christmas I am a mommy! :)

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  6. I am going everywhere for the holidays!!! I am having dinner at my house and that same night I am going to my moms which its suppose to start snowing like crazy. Traveling with little ones you always want to make sure they are save. =) I love the Safety 1st brand!! Such a great company!

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  7. We drive an hour to my moms house every year.

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  8. Until now, not much this year we are going to be alone on our house and probably have a little dinner and Movie time. :)

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  9. I'll be staying home and my sons and their families will be coming to my house.

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  10. I will be going to my in-laws house to eat and spend time with family :)

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  11. Just another day so we will be staying home. Not traveling or gathering with family this year :(

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  12. spending time with family and friends and then shopping

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  13. I will be staying home with family and friends

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  14. Luckily all my family live in the central Ohio area so we dont have to travel.

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  15. I will be cooking and everyone will be coming to see me & my growing family, we are due in March with our first.

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  16. I will be going to my mom house for the holidays. We have relatives visiting from out of state so should be fun.

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  17. We will be spending time with family! And just enjoying the lights, cookies, and everything else that comes with the holiday!

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  18. I will be spending time with friends.

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  19. Enjoying the holidays with my 2 new grandbabies.

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  20. we're hosting Christmas at our house

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  21. we will be visiting my parents for Christmas!
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  22. Spending time with family and crossing my fingers that I win this carseat...I am in desperate need of one!

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