- Kitty litter is great for giving your tires a bit of traction. So stock up or borrow some from your cat if you are having trouble getting your car out of snow.
- An old credit card works as an ice scraper in a pinch and keep a push broom handy too. It can get all of the snow off the top of your car. Driving with snow piled high on your car is dangerous for you and other drivers.
- If you know snow, ice, and low temperatures are on the horizon, mix three parts white vinegar with one part water and spray the mixture onto your windshield. This mixture will prevent ice from forming and save you time in the morning. If you didn’t spray your windshield ahead of the snow, no worries, it works great to cut through the ice.
- If your door locks are frozen, a few squirts of hand sanitizer will help you get into your car quickly.
A new study from the AAP says parents should skip all of the high tech electronic toys this holiday season, and instead, give the the basics to your kids. If you are looking for some great toys that don’t need to be plugged in, paired with an app, and will tap into you kid’s creativity and imagination, check out my latest segment on Fox and Friends
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But holiday travel your kids can feel like the most stressful time of the year. So arm yourself with a few parent hacks to make everything about the holidays (including the travel) amazing.
- Hack baby-proofing- A pool noodle tucked under the sheets helps make a nice bumper for older kids and band-aids or painter’s tape work great for covering up sockets
- Download a white noise app onto your phone. If the holiday parties are getting loud and make it hard for your little ones to nap or sleep at night, the white noise will help drown out the holiday excitement. You can even make a DIY speaker with a glass cup. Just pop your phone into the cup and it will amplify the sound.
- Get headphones for your kids. Letting your kids watch movies in the car is perfect for long car rides; however, a few hours in the car where you have to listen to your child’s favorite movie over and over can make you go a bit bananas. So if your kids have headphones, they will be happy and you will be happy.
- There’s no need to pack everything you need for your holiday travels. See which items you can have delivered once you reach your destination. Diapers and food are the perfect items to have shipped to your holiday destination using sites like Amazon, Target, and Walmart.
You’ve packed snacks, toys, and electronics, but sometimes you need to be a little creative to keep your littlest travelers entertained in the car. So before you hit the road, here are a few items to be sure to stock up on to your toddlers will be happy the entire trip.
Gel Clings- Before you hit the road, grab a few packs of gel clings-you can find them at the dollar store- and when your little one starts to get bored, let them peel the clings off the paper and place them on the window. They can move the clings over and over again, and when they are done playing, you can simply toss them in the trash. This activity will keep your kids happy travelers.
Pipe Cleaners- A pack of pipe cleaners are inexpensive and can be turned into all sorts of fun shapes and designs-which is perfect for tiny travelers. You can even give your child a small bag of cereal and let them string the cereal onto the pipe cleaner for a fun activity and yummy snack.
Suction Cup Caddies- Just like you don’t want to keep turning around to grab that sippy cup, you don’t want to keep searching for crayons while driving. Head to the dollar store and grab a few small, plastic caddies with suction cups. These are usually meant to be used in the bathroom, but you can attach them to your car widows and load them up with crayons, markers, and stickers. Anytime your child feel creative, they can simply grab what then want from the caddie on the window and hopefully put it back
- Bake holiday cookies and of course, have lots and lots of taste tests while you bake.
- Have a cookie swap with friends and neighbors so everyone can try some new and yummy cookies.
- Have a holiday movie night with lots of popcorn and hot coco. Share your holiday favorites and discover some new ones as well.
- Decorate for the holidays and let your kids have extra lights and ornaments to decorate their own space.
- Talk about your family traditions and why they are important to you.Find volunteer activities for the entire family.
- Drink hot coco and drive around looking at Christmas lights. Find new neighborhoods to explore.
- Go ice skating. Whether this is your first time or your 100th time skating, this is a great family activity.
- Make homemade gifts for friends and family.
- Have a gingerbread house making party. Use up all of that Halloween candy on your houses/
- Go skiing. This is a great way to make everyone ready to take a nap after!
- Have essential items delivered to the place you are staying. So, instead of packing all supplies in your car, you can have items such as baby food, formula, or wipes ready for your when you arrive. Many grocery stores now offer a local delivery service, so you won’t have to worry about dealing with crowded stores. Whether you are staying at a family member’s house or staying at a hotel, deliver what you need so you can pack less.
- Pack their entire outfit in a plastic bag. Rather than packing tons of outfits, plan for the number of days you will travel and put each outfit into a plastic bag. This will keep you organized, make sure you don’t over pack, and will help when you need to decide what your little one will wear for the day.
- When you arrive at your destination, quickly access the room you will be staying in for quick baby proofing. But instead of breaking out the baby proofing supplies from home, use a little tape. Use duct tape or blue painters tape to quickly baby proof electric outlets when you arrive. If your little one often tries to take a swim in the toilet, add a little tape so they will stay out but you can get in. In a pinch, band aids can be used to cover electric outlets too.
On a hot summer day, it can be painful to get inside a sweltering car-especially if you have kids. However, on a cold day, the inside of a freezing car can be just as miserable. So instead of simply layering up your family or hoping the car warms up before you reach your destination, here’s a few ways you and all your passengers can get the inside of your car feeling toasty and warm.
Since letting your car idle while it warms up inside isn’t great for your car’s engine or if you are trying to make less trips to the gas station, you’ll need to try a few different techniques to get a warmer car.
Consider where you park- If your car is parked outside, aim to park your car where it can get full sunlight. Especially in the morning. So park your car facing east so your car can be warmed by the sun.
You can actually purchase small heaters for the inside of your car to keep everyone feeling warm. This is a great option for families that have early commutes when the weather is the most cold. You can also purchase seat warmers and steering wheel warmers if you are feeling the freeze of the winter months.
The frigid temperatures of winter are officially here, and even though the cold weather makes us all just want to stay inside and wait until spring—we have to leave the house and our kids are coming with us. While we want to bundle up our little ones in a warm winter coat to keep them toasty and warm, experts agree—kids are safer in car seats without their puffy winter coats.
So why should we put coats on our kids only to take them off as soon as we reach the car? Safety experts say, winter coats can leave the car set harness too loose. So if you are in a crash, the harness will not be effective.
As any parent will tell you, the cold winter months make everyone move slower—especially your kids– and the layering of clothes on your kids can be a real pain. Of course we want our babies to be warm, but we also want them safe. So when the cold temperatures strike, here’s how you can keep you kiddos safe and toasty while in the car.