How to get your Toddler to Behave in the Car
Getting your toddler to behave in the car can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Believe me we have all been there and failed at that battle. You just end up going home, or you’re miserable the whole way to your destination. What if I told you it doesn’t have to be like that? What if I could offer you some advice on what to do when your child is NOT happy about being in the car? Well lucky for you, I CAN.
How I get my Toddler to Behave in the Car
No, I am not above bribery and you shouldn’t be either. Sometimes you just need to have snacks on hand so you can keep your child happy with them. Here are some of the snacks I like to keep on hand in the car.
- Baggie of cereal
- Pack of crackers
- Animal crackers
Those are my go to snacks because they are easy for my toddler to eat, and he does fairly well with them. The only problem here is they are ALL MESSY! Be sure to keep one of those hand-held vacuums in the car so messes won’t be a big deal.
Music can sometimes calm my child when we are moments from a breakdown. He has certain songs he really likes when we listen to the radio and they can fix almost any mood! What are your toddler’s favorite songs? Let me know it the comments below, I would love to hear them!
However, If my toddler is already in the middle of breakdown, chances are the music is going to make it worse and this meltdown is going to escalate into a sensory melt down.
Bringing along your child’s favorite toys can sometimes keep them happier for longer. Toddlers get bored in the car and is the reason for half of their meltdowns. So, pack a little toy bag if you plan on being out all day or if you have a long drive ahead of you. Here are some of the toys we love to take with us.
We obviously love the Leapfrog toys, and so does our toddler. They keep his attention for so long, and they are educational! So, I guess it’s a win for everyone. Any toy that your toddler loves to play with will be the perfect toy in the car.
TIP: If you’re going to rely on only toys to keep your toddler occupied, be sure you either have plenty to hand him/her if they drop them, or be sure your passenger knows that’s their job.
If your toddler is a reader like mine is, then books are a wonderful solution to getting them to behave in the car. Ever since my child has been able to hold up a book, he has loved to try and read them. Sometimes just giving him a picture book will keep him occupied for at least 20 minutes, I hope he never loses his love for books. If you are struggling to get your toddler to be interested in reading, give this post a read.
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