Tips for traveling with littles.

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The holiday season is upon us and with that it is high season for family travels. Whether you are visiting loved ones in warmer places or colder places and no matter if you are getting there via car, train, bus or plane, traveling with little munchkins is always an undertaking and never easy. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get there smoothly with your baby and kids in tow.

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Be sure to check out all the options that are available to you with your airline. You will be able to locate this information in the same part of the website you will go to for check-in. There can be benefits such as extra baggage allowance, bulkhead reservations (along with a small crib option), and information about what to do with strollers (ALWAYS take the stroller all the way to the gate. It will be stowed and then ready for you when you land)

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For children be sure to reserve them a kids meal ahead of time (This needs to be done a few days in advance of travel). There is nothing worse than being stuck at 35,000 ft with a hungry toddler.

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Pack brand new toys for them to play with on the plane. The fun of discovering a new toy keeps them occupied – especially if it is something that engages them for a while such as a new coloring book and pens or a small puzzle. Keep the items small, but ideally pack at least 1 new toy for every hour and reveal them hourly, not all at once.

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Pack a zip-lock® bag or small garbage bag in your purse. This might seem odd, but the amount of things you get handed on a plane with wrappings can make a big mess of your area and can add to the stress. Alternative, you can use your Bebe au Lait Wet & Dry Bags – they are true multi-taskers, especially while traveling.

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Pack a change of clothes for your little ones. Inevitably, they spill something on themselves in the first 5 minutes of travel. And again our multi-tasking Wet & Dry bags will come in handy. Make sure to pack a few! get them here>

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If it’s a long-haul flight, pack pajamas. The routine of getting ready for bed helps to settle them down. Plus, there is nothing more comfortable to wear.

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Make sure the iPad is fully charged and don’t forget child-size headphones.

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Wear a Nursing Scarf for travel – it can double as a blanket when the flight is air-conditioned like the North Pole.

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Bring lots of snacks! But not sugary ones or you’ll be pulling your little one off the celling of the plane. Cheerios are good, as are raisins.

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A Nursing Cover can be used to both nurse in public, and also provide a cocoon – helping baby focus on you, not the surroundings and keep them calm.

Last but not least, relax and try not to worry about the people around you. Most of them will be glad they are not the ones dealing with children and will actually feel more sympathy for you than anger.

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Today is Child Health Day

Have you ever tried to catch a leaf falling from a tree? It’s near impossible, but when you do its beyond fun! We’ve heard its good luck too, so grab your kids and enjoy Child Health Day, while listening to their excited chatter and giggles as they try to do the impossible! ­

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Child Health Day – what you need to know.
Who: Everyone
What: To promote the year-round health of children in the U.S
Why: The American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs called for a proclamation by the President to declare the day…but who needs a reason?
When: Since 1928, and now observed the first Monday in October..
How: Take part in any activity that contributes to a child’s health: a walk in the park, an outdoor game. Just have fun with it!

Earth Day – the kid’s way.

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Earth Day is fast approaching and all month long we have seen people, businesses and organizations showing their support and efforts in different ways. Teaching our children about the responsibilities we have for our planet can be fun and educational at the same time. Here are a few fun ways to teach them about “reduce, reuse and recycle” in a kid-friendly way.

1) Growing plants in up-cycled containers. For a “how to” guide on how to make these fun and individual planters, click here>

2) Looking for a family friendly science experiment? Try this “Oil Spill Cleanup” scenario and launch a hands-on cleanup effort with your kids. Click here>

3) Do you have a builder and inventor at home? Build this wind powered car together – made from recycled materials – and see where their imagination takes them next. Click here>

4) And here is another vehicle powered by an “alternative energy source”. For this Rubber Band Racer, click here >

5) Take a closer look at Mother Earth by making one. If it’s for a party or to decorate a room, here is how you do it >

6) To appreciate nature we need to get outside. Have your kids collect things they find beautiful or interesting and then turn them into neat little treasures with these “nature prints” made from air dry clay. This and other fantastic ideas are featured in the book “The Garden Classroom” >

7) This has to be one of my favorites, because it combines crafts and science and results in a decorative masterpiece (sort of). Try it for yourself >

8) Paper-making is an ancient art and the perfect excuse to get your hands dirty. Here is how to do it > And for additional “earthiness” add flower or plant seeds to the paper and watch the creation grow. Wheat grass seeds are great, because they grow so fast, even an impatient toddler can stand the wait!

Are you fooling anyone?

Playing an April Fools’ joke on the kids is tricky. You want it to be clever but not mean, childish but not silly, funny but not messy. And above all, when it comes to my kids, I try to make them laugh and not cry.
Sounds easy but if you have an emotional and sensitive 5 year old at home things can go sour quickly. From experience… hiding his favorite stuffed animal, not a good idea. Dying the dog blue would probably end up with some hearty belly laughs but is out of the question because of the mess.
If you are like us and are still looking for some crafty, tear-free ideas here are a few that are sure to provide some harmless fun on April 1st.

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