Tips on taking a road trip with toddlers

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Tips on taking a road trip with toddlers

Oh road trips with toddlers are always fun! My girls are 3 and 2 and we do a lot of road trips up to Northern California to visit grandma and grandpa, so I’m always on the road with my girls I feel like. What I like to do is prepare for the trip a couple days before. I will get everything packed, signed, sealed, delivered 2 days before. I pack a bag of clothes for the girls. I pack a bag of supplies – lotions, diapers, wipes, that kind of thing. And then I also pack a bag of snacks so that the night before we leave for our trip, I load everything up and it’s done. And I don’t have to worry about anything the day of. The day of, when it’s time to leave, I ideally like to schedule our trip when it’s time for the girls to nap. I usually give the girls lunch. We then get on the road. They conk out for a couple hours, 1.5 hours, because it’s during their nap time. And that takes up half the trip for me for a 3-hour road trip, so it’s perfect. When they wake up, we like to listen to music, all of their favorite songs. We sing. We have parties, all in a safe way of course, because you want to keep your eyes on the road as a parent. But listening to their music helps, because they love to sing along. One other thing that I like to do is to give them those little magnetic etch-a-sketch drawing tools with the magnetic pen that’s connected so they can occupy themselves and draw and erase. And it’s also not a choking hazard, because that’s something that’s just so scary and something that freaks me out when I think about a toddler possibly choking in the back seat, because that’s a real hazard. So I keep my eye on them, make sure they’re safe. It all goes according to plan, usually. But it’s always a lot of fun. The key is preparing when you’ve got to take toddlers in the car.

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Jill Simonian

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Jill Simonian is a Television Host and Mom & Family Lifestyle Expert. As Founder/Blogger of the fresh and motivating online resource, Jill inspires women to keep life focused, fun and as close to fabulous as possible after having babies (with tons of funny fails) through her own personal tales of motherhood. A mom to two girls under the age of 4, Jill's relatable personality and social media wit scored her the gig of Mom-Lifestyle Expert for Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" daytime show for 2013-2014. She frequently appears on HLN, E!, KTLA-5's Morning News (Los Angeles) and HuffPostLive dishing about celebrity parents, sparking hot-topic debate and sharing personal tips and products about all-things babies, motherhood and parenting. Jill contributes blogs and videos to top online parenting sites (Right Start, Momversation, Modern Mom), has been a 'spokesmom' for branded digital campaigns (Target, T-Mobile, Lance Snacks, Bel Brands) and co-hosted MSN's video series Her Say (2011) alongside the mother of all mom-bloggers, Soleil Moon Frye. Jill is a polished speaker, emcee and panel moderator for corporate and motivational events alike (including Skechers USA and Maria Shriver’s CA Women’s Conference). Prior to having children, Jill racked up hundreds of celebrity interviews as a full-time entertainment reporter and hosted a multitude of lifestyle and entertainment news programs airing on HLN/CNN ("Showbiz Tonight"), KTLA-5 ("Sneaks," KTLA's "Morning News"), Travel Channel ("America's Worst Driver"), ReelzChannel ("Dailies", "The Big Tease") and more. Jill is a specially-selected member of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Digital Philanthropic Committee and is truly having a blast keeping life 'fabulous' with her husband (a pediatric surgeon) and their two wildly opinionated toddlers… fails and all.

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