being MVP: How to Survive the Holiday with Kids + @safety_1st Car Seat #Giveaway

How to Survive the Holiday with Kids + @safety_1st Car Seat #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a booster from Safety 1st for this partnered post.

According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.


1.      Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2.      Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival. 

3.       “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4.      Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.



If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5.      Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.



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67 comments:

  1. I'd like to win the Summit® Booster Car Seat - Entwine. I plan on surviving the holidays with my grandsons by doing fun crafts and baking delicious treats!

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  2. I would love to win the Summit Booster Car Seat. My sister is recently pregnant and this would be perfect for her.

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  3. I like the onBoard™35 Air SE Infant Car Seat - O2.

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  4. I plan on surviving the holidays by getting lots of sleep and keeping the kids busy with Christmas activities!!! I love the Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - Twist of Citrus

    sents saver

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  5. I want the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - in the color sea breeze. And I plan on surviving the holidays.. with lots of wine! lol

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  6. I would like the 'Summit® Booster Car Seat - Rachel'. I plan to survive by keeping it simple and not overbooking us. saying no when needed....and sticking close to home.

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  7. I'd like the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat - Tyson. We aren't traveling anywhere, so it'll be easy to survive the holidays. We do stay home Christmas Day so we can spend the day as a family, and the kids can enjoy their gifts.

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  8. I would love to have the onBoard™35 Air SE Infant Car Seat - O2. I plan to survive by having lots of activities to do with the kids and keep their little hands and minds busy!

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  9. I would love the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat for my son who is quickly outgrowing his infant seat! My tips for holiday travel is bring plenty of snacks and entertainment, and give yourself extra time to get where you are going!
    jbang0331 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I would pick the onBoard™35 Infant Car Seat - Issie. I'm expecting my second child in Dec. so I am not sure how I will be surviving the holidays!

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  11. I like the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Sea Breeze and I will be surviving the holidays with the kids because I will be working throughout it. Unfortunately, we cannot travel because of that

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  12. I like the Complete Air 65 Convertible car seat. I don't know how we will survive...LOL. I have four kids under 7 and am expecting #5! It should be crazy and chaotic but well worth it!

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  13. I'd love to win the Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - St. Germain! I plan on surviving the holidays by planning some fun activities ahead of time. Also, I'll be paying my niece to baby-sit so that I can get some things done!

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  14. I love the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Sea Breeze! We'll survive winter with blocks and video games since it's too cold to go outside!

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  15. the summit booster car seat is my favorite!

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  16. I would love the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat - Tyson it looks so safe and comfortable

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  17. oh and as for the holidays, we have lots of christmas parties to go to, and my son is having a "people I know party"

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  18. I like the Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - St. Germain
    Model: CC114CKJ and I plan on alternating between coffee and wine to get me through!

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  19. I'd love either the Boost Air Protect® Booster Car Seat - Julianne or the Summit® Booster Car Seat - Victorian Lace. We will survive the Holidays this year by not traveling! LOL My sister will be here so all our kids will be keeping each other company and playing together!

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  20. Visited the site and I would love to win the Alpha Elite™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Decatur for my son because its an amazing seat with a high weight limit.

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  21. I plan on surviving the holidays by taking lots of deep breaths :)

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  22. I think I would get the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat. This holiday we are trying to take it easy, visit family, and just enjoy the season.

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  23. Summit Booster Car Seat - Entwine.
    Keeping them busy.

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  24. Love to have the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Sea Breeze. I will survive by not overdoing everything!

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  25. I like Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - St. Germain. I will survive by shopping online.

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  26. I like the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Sea Breeze. This will be my 1st holiday with 2 kids not sure how I will survive! Haha

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  27. I want the Summit® Booster Car Seat - Rachel. I made sure to have activity packs already put together to keep my kiddos busy. I also did 95% of my shopping already so that I won't be stressed out doing it with the kids.

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  28. Id love the Complete Air 65 Convertible seat for my daughter!
    I plan to get all of my shopping done early so we can be stress free as the holiday approaches

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  29. I'd like the Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat. We are surviving the holidays by only traveling to the families that live in our state!

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  30. I'd love to have the Summit Booster Car Seat in Chateau. I plan on surviving the holidays by planning some quiet family nights mixed in with the friend and family plans. Reading books by the first with some hot chocolate!

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  31. I would like the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Great Lakes. We take lots of car games & snacks on trips.

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  32. I'd pick the onBoard™35 Infant Car Seat. We're lucky not to have to travel far this year, but we survive by decorating early and listening to music early -- to enjoy the holidays before things get stressful and crazy with shopping and preparing!

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  33. I would like to win the Disney Pronto Booster - Mickey Patchwork. I will survive the holidays with the kids by not going overboard with parties, decorating, and shopping. It's not what Christmas is about anyway.

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  34. Id love to win the Disney Pronto Booster - Minnie Flower or the Summit® Booster Car Seat - Rachel for my LO. Im still learning about what our needs are for these. I plan to survive the Holidays by keeping our plans simple

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  35. I would pick Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - Plumberry. I plan to survive the holidays by shopping early and not getting overboard. No long travels as we will have family visiting us this year

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  36. I'd like to get the Boost Air Protect® Booster Car Seat - Whitmore. My tip for surviving the holidays with kids is to keep them occupied and rest when you can, lol ;)

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  37. Thankfully our kids are grown but we will be seeing a lot of our grandkids this holiday season so we bought each of them a tablet to keep them very busy. We would love the Summit Booster Car Seat - Chateau. Thanks :)

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  38. I like theElite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat -Elian for our little guy who will be arriving this December around Christmas! I plan to survive the holidays by spending time with my family....they keep me sane!

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  39. I'm not positive of which we would pick but perhaps the onBoard™35 Air Infant Car Seat - Decatur. Our holiday is pretty much based around our son. We have lots of plans, but are willing to do nothing if he just doesn't seem up to it. I think with children you always have to be willing to accept plans don't always go as expected.

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  40. I would choose the Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat, and I plan on surviving the holidays by not doing too many activities or trying to rush from house to house on Christmas.

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  41. I would choose the Complete Air 65 in Sea Breeze and we plan to survive by not overbooking ourselves. Thankfully, this year scheduling has been relatively easy and we don't have any back to back commitments.

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  42. I really like the onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat in Sail Away.

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  43. I like the Complete air 65 convertible car seat in Sea Breeze

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  44. I like the Summit® Booster Car Seat - Entwine.

    amorellcont at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh! And I'm surviving the holidays with lots of spiked hot chocolate. :) This is my son's first Christmas where he really knows what's happening and it's so fun to see the joy in his eyes!

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  45. I would love the elite 80 air protect 3in1 in Elian!!

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  46. well survive the holidays with a LOT of patience and a sense of humor and I would love the
    Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - Plumberry for my baby girl!!

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  47. love the elite 80 air . thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  48. I would love to win the Alpha Elite™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Callie :) and Im due with my first child in april so I don't have to worry about surviving the holidays yet

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  49. I would love the Disney Pronto Booster - Mickey Patchwork

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  50. Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat - Elian and I plan to survive with lots of help from Daniel Tiger. ;)

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  51. I'd like to win the Boost Air Protect Booster Whitmore seat.
    I plan on surviving the holidays with kids by taking it easy. One thing at a time.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  52. I'd love to win the onBoard™35 Air+ Infant Car Seat - St. Germain

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  53. Would love the On Board 35 Air in St. Germain.

    -Hannah Avery
    hannahardoinmx@sbcglobal.net

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  54. probably buying them snacks while traveling, and bringing blankets and pillows will help them survive traveling.

    -Hannah Avery
    hannahardoinmx@sbcglobal.net

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  55. I want the OnBoard35 in Bambi. So cute.

    I'm surviving the holidays with kids by putting rum in my eggnog.

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  56. I think I'd want the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Julianne!

    Things are actually really easy during the holidays for me... we just stay home and spend time together. :)

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  57. I would love the Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - St. Germain. I survive the grandkids by sending them home with their parents!!!! LOL

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  58. We could use Able Convertible Car Seat - Tapestry.

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  59. I would choose the Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat - St. Germain, and I think that family members will do a great job of keeping little ones occupied!

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  60. I love the Complete Air™ 65 Convertible Car Seat - Sugar & Spice...I survive holiday road trips specifically with lots of snacks!

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  61. Boost Air Protect® Booster Car Seat - Julianne....I'm just going to take a deep breathe and alot of Advil!

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  62. I love the onBoard™35 Air Infant Car Seat in Flutter! We have no kids yet so we are enjoying a quiet holiday by ourselves but we are hoping it will be our last one by ourselves.

    Carly D.

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  63. Summit® Booster Car Seat - Victorian Lace for my 4.5 year old!!

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