3.22.11: Travel Tues – Road Trip Bound!

We booked our flights last night for the family reunion back east this summer – I can’t wait! The one thing I can wait for is the 10+ hour drive that we will be doing to get from one family members house to another…with a 3 year old and 9 month old it could be interesting! Not to mention my sister and her 12 year might be joining us. So, I thought that I should research some road trip tips while traveling with kids. Here are some of the suggestions that I found…I will let you know how it goes…we aren’t leaving until July…if you have some ideas in the meantime – let me know! Happy Travels!

  1. DVD Player (you decide beforehand if this will be allowed)
  2. Snacks (Easy to eat and open if you are traveling by yourself and children)
  3. Picture Books & Board Books
  4. Lap Tables (definitely worth it for the older kids) – good for snacks, portable DVD players and drawing
  5. Play Games
    1. “Family Trivia” – ask questions about the family you are going to be visiting. Even better, bring pictures of all the members you are going to visit and “quiz” the kids on names and relations.
  6. Give them a map! (Our big girl loved this when we took a road trip to Canada when she was 2)
  7. Colored Pipe cleaners
  8. Have you kids pack one of their favorite lovies and a blanket
  9. Audiobooks – check them out at your local library before you go
  10. Bubbles – babies and toddlers will love this (try the small containers found at party stores)

Practical Tips

  1. Plan heavy driving time around normal nap times!
  2. Costco Membership? Map out your trip by planning gas stops by the nearest Costco.
  3. Stick to the speed limit and watch your miles per gallon climb!
  4. If your trip is going to be one overnight, pack every family members needs in one bag.
  5. Find rest stops with places for the kids to run around

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3.8.11: Traveling Tuesday – Babymoon

I don’t remember when I first heard about a Babymoon but I instantly fell in love with the idea and when I was pregnant with my first daughter explained to my husband that it was an absolute MUST.

A little background, from Wikipedia: A Babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby. More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage.

I did some research and found a quaint little B&B in the wine country that offered prenatal massages and various treatments – plus a golf course close by that would help entice the husband. We went toward the end of my second trimester (I was about 6 ½ months pregnant) – not feeling sick anymore and not feeling like a hippo yet. We had a fantastic time! It was just for the weekend and we drove up on Friday and had a wonderful dinner. On Saturday I enjoyed treatments while he played a round of golf – best of both worlds for us.  We took a nap and had another amazing dinner. I thought it would be so good for us to just spend some time together, of course all we talked about was the baby that was coming but at least we were together.

There is a website dedicated to helping others plan Babymoons – I thought it might be helpful if you want to plan one also….click here! I don’t know anything about this website but they looked to be the most comprehensive, I didn’t use them when planning ours.

We had our second daughter last year and we just couldn’t find the time to get away with our eldest daughter, work, etc.  I wish we would have taken the time to do it – even a day Babymoon would have been nice. Our five year anniversary is next year; maybe I will start working on a second honeymoon…

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Travel Tuesday – Let them watch or not?

So, we just got a new car this weekend – super exciting! There are so many features and gadgets, I feel like I am sitting at a cockpit in the driver’s seat. They even had a guy there just to give us an overview of the different features in the car – after haggling with the sales guys for three plus hours with both girls in tow; we got the extremely condensed version. I am going to have to find time to read the thick manual or one of the four manuals at least.

One of the features that came with it was a DVD player for the back seat. My husband and I have been debating for the last two days if we are going to let the 3 year old watch movies on it or wait until we go on a longer road trip. I really don’t want to hear her asking to watch a movie EVERYTIME we get in the car, nor do I think it is good for her to get used to it. My husband suggested that we just get educational/learning videos for the car and that she can watch those. At this point, I feel like telling her that it doesn’t work and then it miraculously is fixed when we take a road trip this spring/summer. Does that make me a bad mom?

I would love to hear from other moms what you have done in this kind of situation and if you let them watch or not?

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You can still travel with children…it’s just different.

My husband and I both have a love of traveling, it was one of the things we loved to do before we had children.  We traveled throughout Europe together and around the states. Then came our first daughter and we wondered to ourselves if our days of travel were going to soon be over.

We made a pact together that just because we had children we would not stop traveling and we both felt it was important to introduce our child(ren) to new cultures and expose them to people all over the world. Neither my husband nor I had traveled much as children and wanted it to be different for our girl(s) childhood.

We took the big plunge when our first daughter had just turned one. We headed off to Vietnam and Cambodia (my husband does business in Vietnam) so we were able to turn a business trip into a vacation. I have to admit I was nervous about traveling in Asia (I had not been before) but my husband had been countless times and was very comfortable with his surroundings. I thought the worse part would be the plane ride; it was 13 hours to Taipei and then a couple more into Saigon. I packed SO many things, but the only toy she wanted to play with was her Wikki Stix, which as a parent I thought they might be the greatest invention ever! Another tip: Only bring new toys (doesn’t have to be new from the store but new to the kid) and introduce them for the first time on the ride. We also got REALLY lucky and she slept for a good portion of the trip as well. I think this is one of the major benefits of traveling with the kiddies when they are younger.

We had an amazing time the three of us and we are talking about taking another trip next spring when our youngest daughter is over a year but less than 2 years. Don’t stop traveling because you have children, just change your attitude. It’s worth it!

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