Surviving a toddler city break

Surviving a toddler city break

We were recently lucky enough to take our toddler on a city break to New York. Our first toddler city break.

My husband was there for a business trip, so Lady P and I took advantage of his air miles, and joined him for the week.

There has to be some perk of him being away other than getting to starfish in the bed, right?

I’ve been to NYC a few times but in a previous child-free carefree life, when I was mostly drunk or maxing out my credit cards buying makeup in Sephora. He’s there a lot on work trips, but we’ve never been together and certainly never taken our daughter.

So as it’s Christmas and the Americans do that pretty well, I figured we could tear around Manhattan pretending to be Kevin McCallister for the week.


In reality, we spent the weekend together as a family doing some touristy things and then Lady P and I hung out with friends. It really was a Mummy and toddler city break!

Personally, I just generally enjoyed a bit of a break from the dust and chaos of our house renovations.

house renovations

I swapped this…

Lady P in Central Park

For this… Much better!

The Buggy

As I mentioned, this isn’t my first time in New York, but it is the first time I’ve been there as a parent.

Getting around town with a toddler can be a nightmare at the best of times, but with a ‘toddl-ager’ who has a very clear idea of what she wants, it had the potential to go seriously wrong in a busy major city.

Lady P in her City Mini Baby JoggerShe is only 2 years old, but when I recently had her measured, she was on the 91st percentile for height and weight, so her baby buggy just doesn’t look as roomy as it used to.

She still needs a pushchair though – she is still very little after all.

We decided to invest in the Baby Jogger City Mini and I have to say, I was suitably impressed.

We found it to the be best option for her size both for comfort but also practically. I could even push it one-handed, which was ideal when she gave up wanting to walk after 1 block, in the middle of a busy crossing.

This pushchair tray would actually have been really handy too for when she got peckish or thirsty, so I know for next time.

buggy clip

I used this to keep my bag safe in busy tourist areas

The Buggy Clip

The City Mini has handle bars instead of separate handles, so a pram clip was an absolute must.

This handy My Buggy Buddy Clip was a really good call too.

I know they are not advised for hanging shopping bags off, but in crowded areas, I just wanted a way to secure a bag from those pesky pick pockets.

I didn’t overload it – I just actually used it to clip her little rucksack with essentials in, and that way I could also keep my purse and phone safe.

The Bottle

minnie mouse training cup

Lady P loves her new Minnie cup!

Before we came away, Lady P had outgrown her baby bottles and actually bitten through all of the teats (that I’d already replaced twice). I had tried to introduce sippy cups for her milk, but she was just not having any of it.

I guess she still likes the comfort of a bottle of milk before bed and in the mornings.

So I decided, with her input, to buy a training cup. She loves Disney, so I ordered this Minnie Mouse Learner Bottle.

It has a rubbery mouth piece, which turns out to be non-spill, but doesn’t seem to tempt her to chew. It also came with a handy non-spill top too and was really easy to wash in the sink of the hotel room.

It just so happens that she absolutely loves it and hasn’t even mentioned her baby bottles since!

The Suitcase

Like most toddlers, Lady P likes to copy me. She copies things that I say, and things that I do. She even copied me packing our suitcases, packing her Frozen dolls, Disney princesses and Peppa books into her little toddler’s suitcase.

So all that was left was to pack this year’s Christmas jumper ready for meeting the big man in red.

What top tips do you have for travelling with your toddler?


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Kirsty - Winnettes

This gives me hope! We want to take our two girls to Paris in the Summer. They will be 4 and 2 so I am sure we will have our hands full but hopefully no more than normal. I often use a buggy clip, it is invaluable. It looks like you had a lovely time.


Oh it looks like you had a fab time in New York and I love your buggy too #DreamTeam

The Squirmy Popple

I just wrote a blog post about taking a city break with a todder – we just got back from Berlin! You’re lucky that your daughter will go in a pushchair – mine won’t, so it made getting around…challenging. We had a great time anyway, but it was very different from our pre-child breaks.

Glad you liked NY – it’s where I’m from! #ablogginggoodtime


Great tips… I like the idea of the mini suitcase… Kids love to role play and copy so getting them involved in what were doing can make the journey a lot easier! #ablogginggoodtime

Annette, 3 Little Buttons

It looks like you had a fab getaway and I love all your photos. We used to use the buggy clip for all the bits and pieces and shopping we have. It’s a good tip, even when out and about at home. Thank you for sharing with the #dreamteam x


Your trip looks great and I can see from the photos that the house renovations would of been nice to get away from for a bit:) I’ve always had hit and miss trips when my boys were very small but I loved taking them away. I remember doing a long hall on my own and that was exhausting just because I thought if I fell asleep that he would try and open doors on the plane or something!;)
Thanks very much for linking up to #mainyloveschristmas

coombe mill Fiona

Looks like a perfect littl;e break and shows it can work just fine with a little planning, the right kit and a whole lot of fun. Happy New Year #BloggerClubUK


I’d love to go to New York, esp at Christmas! Those are good tips, a massive handbag full of snacks, dummies, toys and nappies was always on my list when our daughter was a toddler! #stayclassymama

My Petit Canard

How lucky are you getting to jet off to NY for the week! I cant think of a better last minute getaway with a little one at Christmas! It looks and sounds like you had a lovely time, the santa pic is a great momento of your trip too 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us last year, look forward to seeing you link up again with us this year. Emily #MarvMondays

Sarah Admissions of a Working Mother

Wow this looks like a lot of fun! Great buggy, hope your house renovation is going well #stayclassymama

Becky, Cuddle Fairy

Traveling with a toddler is a tricky one & definitely requires organization. Going to NYC or another big city can be hectic. I have three kids so a stroller & a boy holding each side with me. I love the cup & your daughter running with her bag – too cute! Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK

Pat the Mum

The buggy clip looks good. But the mini-suitcase is so sweet.