Stickers.

In May, we road-tripped to NYC for some much needed vacation. We had some key toddler activities that really helped us make it through. (You can read about those HERE).

STICKERS at CLEcitymom.com

STICKERS. CLEcitymom.com

If driving from Cleveland to NYC wasn’t enough of a challenge, we embarked on our biggest road trip yet driving the Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and back to Ohio. Day 1: a five hour drive. Day 2: A six hour drive. Day 4: a three hour drive. Day 5: a seven hour drive.

With. A. Toddler.

We brought along the classics from the last trip, but I knew we were going to need a few more goodies.

So, I went to my favorite store in the world, Marc’s (and my husband’s least favorite store), and stocked up.

This time, I bought a few new books, flashcards/picture cards, and a massive amount of stickers.

I really had no idea if any of these things would work, but to my surprise, they did!

The real MVP of the trip was the sticker book. For $1.49 (this is why I love Marc’s), J-bird had a new book about a party in the jungle. At the end of the book, you could make a party hat and load it up with stickers.

I am not joking when I say that this occupied J-bird’s time for about 3 hours! Yep!

Stickers take a lot of concentration to peel off, and then for a little creative mind, placing them in just the right place is very important, not to mention ripping them off and placing them on mommy’s arm, the seat, or anything really.

What a hit.

For your next trip in the car, test out some stickers and let me know how it goes!

Cheers,

Anna

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Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

We recently took a fabulous trip to NYC…with a toddler. To my surprise, she handled all the traveling like a champ and seemed to have a wonderful time, as well.

Being raised in the city, J-bird is in love with tall buildings, people watching, and riding the “big train.”

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

Our trip was somewhat Hamilton themed. We visited his home “The Grange”, the dueling grounds where he was shot, the Morris Jumel mansion where President Washington had meetings, Fraunces Tavern, where Washington gave his farewell address, Trinity Church where Hamilton is buried, and of course, we saw the Hamilton musical on Broadway.

It was magical.

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

There were definitely some key things we did or brought that helped make this trip a success.

For the car, an almost 8 hour drive, we had some fun activities and a very enjoyable ride. Here’s a list of a few tips that helped make it work for us:

  • Bring a few “new” items in a special bag. Our new items were:
    • Play dough
    • Magna Doodle
    • A new coloring book
  • Bring lots of snacks.
  • Bring a few dolls or staple toys you know your child loves
    • J-bird spent a decent amount of time in her own imaginary world with her stuffed animals and her purse…she LOVES having a purse

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

Navigating the city required a few more staples…

  • Purell gel and hand wipes
  • Snack containers with plastic rings that you can attach to the stroller
  • A very very very lightweight and easy to open/close umbrella stroller with a cover
  • Snacks on hand at all times
  • Water bottles with good lids to keep the tops clean and leak free

I cannot even explain how much I loved traveling to NYC. The city is electric. I love seeing so many people pursuing their dreams. 

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

Oh…and the food is amazing. We eat vegan and had absolutely no problem finding food. Our favorite spots included Superiority Burger and By CHLOE’S.

CLEcitymom Traveling to NYC with a Toddler

Cheers,

Anna