Searching for a home with a toddler

We’ve been seriously home searching for a couple months now.  And in that time we’ve had two very different realtors and have put in offers on three different properties.  I’m not sure how many properties we’ve seen but I’m guessing that it’s close to 25.

I keep reminding myself that our house is out there and it will just take some time to find it.

After searching for this long and seeing as many houses as we have, I’ve developed a list of tips if you, too, are home searching with a toddler in tow.

  • See as many places as you can in a short amount of time.  Try not to go past two hours of house hunting.  Not only do all of the places start to look the same for the adults, but the kiddo is going to quickly be losing patience.
  • Bring snacks.  Lots and lots of snacks.  It’s amazing how quickly a toddler can go from fussy to completely happy if they have a banana and some crackers.
  • Try to schedule around regular nap and eating times.  Although, in all honesty, this is something that we haven’t really kept to very well.
  • Be sure to spend a good amount of time checking out the outdoor space.  Not only are you going to want to check it out if it is a property that you are interested in, but it gives your kiddo a chance to walk/run around before getting back in the car.

Good luck and keep your fingers crossed for us!

New favorite travel hint

Traveling with a toddler is not easy. So, any time I figure out a way to make it a little bit easier I am quite pleased. We had a big road trip over spring break which was a lot of fun but little peanut is a toddler and wants to get out and run around. Sitting in a car for 8 hours is not her idea of a good time. Snacks are always a great idea and it’s an even better idea to have lots of different types of snacks.

At the hotel, she had Rice Chex for the first time and discovered that she loved them. (The person who invented “free, hot breakfast” deserves a big kiss!) So, I took a coffee cup and filled it with cereal so she could snack on them later during our drive.  The cup had a lid and since it was just filled with cereal, I was able to just toss the cup in the car and nothing spilled out.

cup filled with cereal = easy snack

cup filled with cereal = easy snack

When you travel, what is your go-to snack for the road?