Travel

Traveling helps your children experience all the world has to offer and make memories that will last them the rest of their lives.

This is the place to get advice and share the best travel tips on everything from flying with children to family-friendly vacation spots to what to pack.

Car seat

My son and I travel a lot between Utah and Idaho. The trip is about 5 1/2 hours give or take. We make this trip every few weeks. My son was terrible at traveling and it was miserable. He’s 18 months old, so, despite everyone telling me to keep him rear facing until he’s 4 or whatever it is, I flipped him around to forward facing. Want to guess what happened? That’s right. He’s a freaking angel ... More

  • Aye
    Feb 27

    So FL doesn’t seem to really have a law. Our car seat said at least 22lbs to face forward, and it was a miracle, the kids rarely ever cry anymore. I understand it’s better to wait till 40lbs but crying all through out the car rides (especially long ones) can’t be good for them either. I just try to be more aware of my surroundings. And honestly everyone else can stop with their opinions, you go... More

  • Anonymous
    Mar 13

    As a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit I can attest to the difference in outcome between a child who is rear facing and one who is forward facing who does not yet meet the weight requirements. I agree with you that the anxiety that the screaming causes is horrible (I also have a 2 year old who hates the car seat) but the alternative is definitely worse. This isn’t judgement at all. Jus... More

Disneyland or Universal Studios?

Hey ladies and gentlemen, my husband and I are planning a trip for my (will be three by this summer) son. He’s very attentive and has loads of excitement. To those who’ve been or have taken their little ones, What do you guys recommend? Universal Studios or Disneyland? Which one has more for a three year old to do or explore. Thank you

  • Marlen
    Feb 24

    Thank you both, I’ve been showing videos and pictures to my son and I think Disneyland will be it for sure. I’m so excited because I’ve only been one (as an adult) so I’m happy I have a little one to relieve my childhood

  • Amanda
    Feb 24

    The Disney theme parks (Disneyland & Disney World) are typically geared towards younger kids, whereas Universal tends to skew towards an older demographic. Disney definitely has more characters and attractions for younger kids, so even if they aren't tall enough for the rides they will still have a lot to do and many things to excite them!

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Feb 10

Hiking with Toddlers

Taking my almost 4yr old twins on an outdoorsy trip with my family. Planning a few family friendly easy hikes while we are there. Any advice on taking kids this age hiking? I’m sure they will make a good portion of it walking themselves ... though I foresee a lot of time spent carrying them. They are probably too big for those hiking carrier backpacks right??

  • B
    Feb 12

    Snacks. Bring lots of snacks. I’d plan on them walking the whole time and just taking breaks when they need it. Scavenger hunts, talking about what they see as they walk, family songs, etc. and snacks. My sister also uses mms or tic tacs as “power boosts” when things are really dragging

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 12

    If you live near an REI you can rent a hiking backpack, at that age buying a good one doesn’t make much sense. But snacks and water breaks should also help you get them to the end with minimal carrying. At that age you can also do a scavenger hunt to keep them occupied while they hike too, it’ll keep their minds off the walking part😃. My mom used to take us on lots of hikes and she’d help us co... More

Caroline posted in In-Laws Jan 25

Separation/ vacation with 3 YO

Need some help. My husband and I are separating. We live far away from our families (different countries) so I am trying to plan our next vacation (my daughter and I) with my family but don’t know what to do with my in laws. Don’t really want to stay with them...

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    If they don’t know and you’re not ready to tell them, you don’t have to. Just when you are ready to tell them about the separation, you can explain to them that you still like them and want them in your child’s life but need more time on your own to process and figure everything out. I’m sure they will understand this isn’t something easy that you are going through.

  • anonymous mom
    Jan 31

    Sorry you’re going through this. I would let your daughters grandparents know you’re going to be in the country and they can come visit but I wouldn’t even consider staying with them...if at some point your ex takes your daughter on vacation would he want to stay at your parents?

Frida posted in Toddlers Jan 02

California trip!

Hi moms and dads! My baby will be turning 2 in March and we’re planning to go visit my husband’s side of the family in California we will be going to Disneyland but I’ve never been there before if anyone can give me advice or guide me or let me know something that we have to do/try while there would be great! And if you know of other places toddler friendly as well!

  • Frida
    Jan 04

    Juli how did you manage to be there all day?? Did they take naps? Also I know that there’s different parks? I think. Which one you recommend

  • Juli
    Jan 04

    We went the disneyland... the one with small world. My 1 year old took a nap in the stroller but my 2 year old was too busy and excited to nap. She collapsed on the stroller at 10pm when we were on our way out.

Anonymous posted in Travel Dec 27, 2019

Vacation package websites ?

Hi everyone, I’d like to plan out a vacation with my family. We are 4 total. 2 adults, and 2 children. What are the best websites to book family vacations?

  • Sara
    Jan 01

    I usually book directly through the hotel and airline. I think it depends on the destination and what you're looking for in a vacation. For Disney World, for example, I've heard of a lot of people using travel agents to figure out the different resorts and parks (especially if you're new to it).

  • Amanda
    Jan 01

    To add about Disney World, there are multiple Facebook groups dedicated solely to parents giving tips on how to take families to Disney on a budget. They’re a great resource, and I’d assume that other vacation destinations may have similar FB groups.

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Nov 12, 2019

To-go potty

Finally getting the hang of potty training, many have said to bring little potty with us in the trunk just in case. I can do that. But.... where does he pee? Just out in the parking lot? Or prop it up on the back seat? I don’t see him being comfortable with that 😱

  • Sara
    Nov 17, 2019

    We did the folding potty seat with the bags for road trips and camping- super helpful- and just set it up anywhere. Privacy didn’t seem to be a thing for my kid. We actually have a picture of him sitting on it in some grass off the side of a freeway on-ramp when we had to pull off in an “emergency”- pretty funny! For pee, he now just stands and we go anywhere we have to if no bathroom is nearby... More

  • Jenn
    Dec 06, 2019

    You can't see him being comfortable because you yourself aren't comfortable with it (if you had to do it), rightfully so. Kids don't usually have the same hang ups as adults though. For instance, my 2 y.o. daughter will proudly yell she did a pee or poop in a public restroom. She has no shame whatsoever, nor do I want her to at this age. She's used the portable potty in the trun... More

A posted in Flying Nov 09, 2019

I’ve read through quite a few posts but still need advice

We will be traveling from ca to Hawaii in April with a 2 yr old and 9 yr old that have never been on a plane. We will have family with us but I still want my kids to be as comfortable as I can make them any advice/tips?

  • PK
    Dec 14, 2019

    As long as the snacks aren’t liquid or of gel like substance, you can bring them with you however you like. Fruit or apple sauce pouches need to follow that rule of being less than 3.2 oz I think. Something like that.

  • A
    Jan 21

    Awesome advice! Any one dealt with a 2 yr old and big kid sharing a room on vacation? Did you bring a pack n play?

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Oct 22, 2019

Vacationing with a 3 year old

I am a stay at home mom and in need of a break as I am the primary caregiver for my child. When we last went on vacation over a year ago, I suggested to my husband that we share some tasks such as taking turns to feed dinner, going to the beach with our kid etc so that We both could get some Me time on vacation. My husband is super nice but clueless about taking the initiative to do baby-chores... More

  • Katie
    Oct 23, 2019

    So, just because you stay at home to be a caregiver to your child and do the majority of the domestic stuff, doesn't mean he gets to skip out on doing his fair share. Otherwise you will never, ever, ever get a break (and start to resent your family) because childcare never ends. Realistically, your "work at home job" obligation is equivalent to whatever hours he is working at his... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 25, 2019

    I’m on the same boat. But even when my husband tries to take care of my 2 yr old daughter, my daughter cries for me. So I accepted it already that I don’t get me time on vacations/ even at home (as much as the husband ). At the end of the day even if it’s late at night I try to have my me time when I finish my chores and when everybody’s asleep. We run out of patience sometimes it’s ok. It’s ... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Oct 03, 2019

Trip without mom

When was the first time your kiddo took a trip without you? My MIL has been insisting she take our 2 year old to California (1.5 hour flight) to visit my brother in law for a weekend..... I don’t know how I feel about it?? Part of me knows of course he’d have fun at the beach all day, but then that distance is kinda far without momma in a strange place.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 12

    I know this is an old post, but my answer would be no. Or if I was in the mood to be very honest, “no. Never.”

  • Amanda
    Feb 12

    This is an interesting post! I started flying alone at age 6, which is the legal age for unaccompanied minors. I’d fly to another state to visit my grandparents several times a year. But for my younger sister, my mom didn’t let her travel unaccompanied until she was in middle school. My parents said that they had more faith in me & my ability to be mature/responsible/communicative, and that... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Sep 23, 2019

Flight Travel in 1st trimester

Hi, I just found that I am pregnant and we had planned a trip to kauai which will fall in the 10th week. Is it safe to fly in the 10th week ?

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2019

    I flew during my 10th week and it was fine. Though if you google, you might get freaked out by all people that miscarried after flying. Just make sure you’re well hydrated, bring snacks, and compression socks.

  • Megan
    Oct 06, 2019

    Confirm with Dr. but usually no issues!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sep 20, 2019

Bottle weaning now or wait?

My daughter is almost 14m and still takes a bottle to sleep - 2 bottles total a day since she’s down to 1 nap. I’ve been wanting to start to wean her off but we just decided to take our first family vacation. It’ll be a 6hr flight and her first time on the plane. When we leave she will be almost 15m and we are going for a month. I’m torn on keeping her on the bottle and weaning when we get back... More

  • Laura
    Sep 23, 2019

    Careful with the painters tape. On a flight when our daughter was one I stuck a small piece within her reach and the next second she was coughing on it.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2019

    My two year still goes down with a cup to go to sleep for nap and bed time. I’ve watered down the milk gradually and now it’s almost completely water, but she still wants it. Sometimes when she wakes up it’s all gone and other times maybe an ounce. Do what works for you and your family. I would suggest start using and introducing a cup if you haven’t already and if she takes too the cup, then r... More

Pls suggest some websites from where can I download cartoon videos n rhymes??

Heyy mommies.. can anyone pls suggest some websites from where i can download free cartoon videos and rhymes/baby songs.. i need some of those to show my little one as we r going to travel in a long flight journey which will keep her happy

  • PK
    Sep 09, 2019

    If you have amazon prime, I think you can download the cartoons that they have available to prime members. Just be careful about making sure that the video is free for prime members. There’s an app that you can download on your phone or tablet and I think the videos just save on that app.. idk. Never tried it. When we flew with our son, we just spent the money on the amazon tablet for kids ... More

Anonymous posted in Making Friends Sep 07, 2019

Relocating to Austin, TX from FL

We’re evaluating a move from South Florida (suburbs of Fort Lauderdale) to Austin/job opportunity for my husband. Looking for any and all advice from families who have made a similar move. Nervous working momma of a 2 & 4 year old trying to work through all of the emotions of leaving home/family etc. Appreciate any tips & advice!

  • Sam
    Nov 10, 2019

    How did the move go?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 10, 2019

    We move officially in January, but just got back from a house/school hunting trip. Hoping we’re able to find the right fit between now & then!

Advice about sleeping in the car...

Does anyone have any good tricks for helping a toddler to sleep in the car? My LO uses a forward facing carseat and is small for her age. She has no problem falling asleep in the car, but can only sleep for about 20 min before she wakes up crying due to neck pain. I have tried a small neck pillow, a rolled up blanket and a refular pillow. We are not often in the car for hours on end but we have... More

  • Vonda
    Sep 05, 2019

    How old is your little one? They should be be in rear facing car seats until they are 50lbs. And at a recline. (Which may help with the neck pain) Just FYI. It may be because the car seat isn’t built for her yet.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 07, 2019

    Just an fyi about what Vonda said, none of my rearfacing seats go to 50 pounds, they all say to turn around at 40, so read your manual. but also keep in mind a lot of states are making it illegal to be forward facing before 2

Anonymous posted in Flying Aug 18, 2019

24 hour International flight with toddler

Anyone know of a way to download free kid videos (without WiFi) to survive the adventure? Youtube method?

Potty training my 20 month old

My daughter has been showing signs of potty training readiness for a few weeks now. She’s even peed and pooed on the potty a few times. I want to potty train her but am worried since we have an international trip coming up in 3 weeks. We’ll be out for 6 weeks with a few plane trips and road trips. With the jet lag, change in environment and new people around her, I’m worried that if I train her... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 19, 2019

    Personallllly id wait until after the trip. I’ve gotta think with long flights (those potty’s are Loud and scary) and car rides (no stops in sight!) that you’ll be more stressed about potty than vice versa. I think it would be more of an issue to stop having her potty half way through than waiting and doing the whole shibang at once. I’m not an expert, but that’s my opinion. I don’t see harm in... More

Vacation Ideas In The States

My boyfriend & I are looking into taking our vacation soon, but undecided on where to go. We’ve been to Florida, California & Vegas. We would like to go somewhere new, but would also like idea’s on where to go and what to do when we’re out there. (Looking into taking this trip early November.)

  • PK
    Aug 19, 2019

    Florida and California are pretty big states... have you been all over each state already? What about within your own state? Traveling with a LO can be hard. Since having our son, we haven’t really traveled out of state except to visit family in Ohio. But we also live in California so there’s a lot of places we still haven’t been to

  • TV
    Aug 22, 2019

    London. Prague. Napa/Sonoma. Portland, OR. Charleston, SC. Santa Fe, NM.

Any travel hacks/tips for flying with LO's?

I have b/g twins that are 17 months old. We are trying to plan a trip to Colorado (3 hr flight). What should I bring, and what are the teavel fees for bringing baby gear?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 04, 2019

    Check airline website for more info on travel fees. But I believe all airlines allow you to check car seats and strollers for free (per baby). With a child that age who can’t consistently follow directions, I would check the stroller at the gate so that you have the stroller up until you board and you can get it when you get off the plane. Are the kids going to be in your laps? We did a fligh... More

Taking 15 month old on a plane ride

Hey everyone, I have flown a few times with my daughter. However this will be the longest plane ride. We have two flights and it will be a long time with her on my lap. Any toy recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  • B
    Jul 18, 2019

    Oh 3 hours is nothing for lap. You’ll be fine. Save new toys and books for the second flight, though.

  • Lindsey
    Oct 17, 2019

    The 5 senses! Keep your LO "guessing" and being stimulated by having toys in a bag, pull one new one out every so often that stimulated a different sense. - Going to the dollar store to make a little toy bag is what we've done on the cheap (or grabbing old toys LO has forgotten about). - I got a tablet for my LO. It's great to draw and erase see played on it for hours.

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