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Your First Trip with Your Toddler: Expectations vs. Realities

Your Expectation

Before you jet off to somewhere warm with your toddler, you think you're going to "pack light." You hate it when you see families lugging 734 bags through their airport. That won't be you. You're a minimalist.

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The Reality

Annnnnd then your fantasies are quickly deflated when you start making a list of all the stuff you need to bring. Think you can potty train in a week?

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Your Expectation

You're kind of freaked out that your toddler is going to, well, freak out on the plane.

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The Reality

And then you're secretly thrilled to see that there's a screaming baby a few rows behind you. Score! No one's gonna hate you!

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Your Expectation

The car company is going to come with a car seat fully installed—because you checked 900 times.

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The Reality

You wind up waiting around in the airport an extra two hours while they get you a new car with a car seat.

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Your Expectation

Your toddler is going to be thrilled to sleep in her very own big girl bed!

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The Reality

This is pretty much how you sleep every night:

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Your Expectation

Your toddler is going to entertain himself all day on the beach while you work on your tan.

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The Reality

You sat down more at your last Zumba class.

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Your Expectation

You're going to enjoy dinners out every night. (Finally! You don't have to clean!)

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The Reality

You have the waitress bring you to-go boxes mid-meal during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Your Expectation

Your toddler is going to make friends with all of the other kids at the pool while you enjoy cocktails on a lounge chair.

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The Reality

Your little one has suddenly developed major separation anxiety.

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Your Expectation

You're going to leave feeling refreshed and with a new confidence about traveling with kids.

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The Reality

You're going to leave, thinking: "We're never doing this again."

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