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.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Jan 31

When is the first time you left your little ones for a couples getaway?

I have a 2, 4, and 6-year-old. My husband and I spend lots of alone time together after they go to bed and because we work together (co-owners of a business). We have not yet gone away (without kids) on holiday. My parents live on the other side of the globe. So, I’d have to leave them with a regular caregiver who I trust... But, I still hesitate given our 2 -year-old doesn’t really understand ... More

  • Amanda
    Feb 01

    My husband and I went away to Asia (from CA) for two weeks while his parents (who flew in from Toronto) watched our 2 year old at our home. I made a booklet for the grandparents about everything they could possibly need to know (probably overdid it), put together a document giving permission for them to care for our child and had it notarized. For our son, I recorded myself reading a few of his... More

Nikki posted in Flying Jan 22

What to do with car seat while flying

How do you check your kids car seat when you fly? Do you have to put it in a bag or box? We are flying southwest if that helps.

  • Raji
    Jan 22

    When we flew last week; we checked it in n both airlines had these thick plastic bags for the seat. TSA did rip the bag open in places for inspection I guess and we ended up with it chipped in the cup holder 🤷🏻‍♀️ it didn’t get dirty tho

  • B
    Jan 22

    We bought a cheap car seat check bag on amazon. Saves some dirt. Airline employees told me gate checking vs checking at counter was the same in terms of where it ends up and how handled.

First Disney Trip for 18mo old

Hello!! My husband and I will take our son on his first Disneyland trip next month! We both haven’t been there in about 8 years so we do t know what to expect especially now that we have a toddler. Any suggestions, tips, tricks, or hacks to make this as fun and easy as possible? I’ve heard about apps and fast passes but have no clue what it’s all about. Any advice is appreciated!!! Thanks ... More

  • Lettie
    Jan 26

    Write down what rides your toddler can go on and where the baby centers are (changing tables, breastfeeding rooms, toddler toilets and a small kitchen). Carry snacks and other baby/toddler things with you (you have a backpack and your husband a backpack). If you want to take pictures, get the Maxpass (you get the downloads right away that you can download to your phone or CPU, it stays in that ... More

  • LillyMarie
    Jan 26

    Thanks for the pin reminder Lettie! And I like the suggestion about the toddler earmuffs!! Did you find it hard with each of you wearing a backpack? Or was is super helpful?

Jessica posted in Flying Jan 19

8month old flying international. Feeding questions.

What do we do about bottles? Does the fda allow baby water ?? How many can I take?

  • Wenonah
    Jan 25

    I bought ready made formula and powder. They checked it out and it was fine

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    For bottles, you can try these. They have disposable liners so you only need to carry around extra nipples and nipple rings, which saves lots of space! I’d try it first to see if your baby likes it, though. http://www.playtexbaby.com/products/playtex-drop-ins-liners

Natalí posted in Flying Jan 04

Traveling with a three month old by airplane

Have anyone traveled by airplane with a baby at this age before? What did you do to make the baby calm!? My baby drink milk at the bottle, She never liked breastfeeding. I will have a international travel (24hs) with my three month old for the first time and I don’t know what can I do for don’t disturb the people around with her cries. And I don’t know how she will be going.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 05

    I’ve traveled with my son once a month since he was born! 1-5 months was the easiest for sure. I’d just do my best to keep him up as long as possible before the flight and 4/5 flights he slept the entire way! Check the car seat and stroller and just wear baby in a carrier, it’s much easier through airport and security. Bring a change of clothes for you and baby and give bottle or passy on take... More

  • Ady
    Jan 05

    I just travelled with my 6 mnth baby...You don't need to worry...just feed her when she is hungry... babies generally sleep in flight becoz of the motion.So enjoy ur travel.

Anonymous posted in Babies Jan 01

Tips for a big international trip with a 3 month old?

Hi everyone - I’m due in April and it feels crazy to be planning this far in advance, but we’re trying to book travel for this summer so I’d love any advice you may have! We live in SF, but have a wedding in Maine and since we love travel, and we’ve heard that 3 months is a good age to travel with, we’re planning on spending 5 days in Europe (likely Provence) after the wedding. My questions a... More

  • Laura
    Jan 02

    On international flights you can get the bulkhead seat with bassinet. You may need to call to reserve it.

  • Kim
    Jan 02

    For sure call to get the bassinet for your flight! 3mo is super easy to travel with, easier to fly than drive I swear! My 3yo has done 8 rt flights and 2 of them were international. Really if you are breastfeeding that makes it easy to travel, bring a pump for sure (even if just a simple hand pump) if you want flexibility like you would at home. If you plan to travel by car bring your car s... More

Anne posted in Flying Dec 14

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

  • Ricky
    Dec 18

    Polar Express, Scooby Doo Christmas, Muppets Christmas, Olsen Twins To Grandmothers House We Go, Shrek Christmas, Ice Age movies

  • Tish
    Dec 19

    We really like The Star, it's the story of Jesus's birth as told by the donkey. Lots of fun silliness but a good message.

Any advice on a 3-4hr drive with a 2 yr old

I’m a single mom so it will be me, my son and my 8yr old daughter on the road any advice on keeping them comfortable and not fighting lol and some what entertained with minimal stops the drive is to Las Vegas btw

  • Shay
    Dec 14

    Hi Kelly, I always take long trips with my baby girl, she's 2 and 4 months now, but we cross the United States driving when she was one. From this day till now the only thing that keep her ok and comfortable is music and snack (especially candy), it never fails. Is not the best thing in the world, but exclusively for the road trip, give them extra sugar and they'll be good to go!😂

  • Tyler
    Dec 17

    I am a veteran road trip dad, station wagon and all. For the little- coloring books, gold fish, fruit leather, milk and water (no juice!). Pull-ups are a must, use the overnight ones. Favorite toys, sketch pad and crayons. For the 8yr old- sketch pad, pens, pencils, colored pencils, gold fish, lemonade, handheld games. If either is Netflix and iPad aged, charge em’ up and make sure you ha... More

Road trips

So we're going on a small road trip (3-4 hrs) to the in-laws over new years. What kind of toys do you bring for the ride. She'll be 14 months then. I give her my phone as a last resort but I don't want that to develop into a habit.

  • Becky
    Dec 14

    We normally time it around her nap times but this time my bf has to work so we'll be leaving later. His 10 yr old sits in back with her and tries to play with her but she can only do it for so long and I get bad car sickness from sitting in the back for too long... Dramamine doesn't work. I'll normally pack snacks for her but any toy I bring, she tosses off to the side after a few mins.

  • Shay
    Dec 14

    Hi Becky, how are you? When my baby was at this age, we drove from California to Rhode Island. It took 7 days, it was between 5 to 8 hours a day driving.😂 She only had a cell phone toy that play some music, that was all. And sometimes we had to stop so she could run about 10 minutes, and she was good to go. The important is always have snacks! Have a nice trip!!❤️

Jossie posted in Flying Dec 13

Traveling with 5 month old

I’m traveling with my LO (5 months). Any tips/recommendations. I feel like I need a luggage just for essentials. I’m a bit lost. We are taking car seat (with base) stroller. In one bag I have bottle warmer and pump. How do I pack his formula and breast milk? I’m sure we will be in the airport 2 hours before flight and the flight is 3 hours. Ugh any tips will help.

  • Jossie
    Dec 13

    Thank you all very much! I definitely feel better prepared with all your tips. Now hopefully he will do ok in flight and if not it’s ok mamas ready 😊

  • Jess
    Dec 14

    We have flown a few times and most recently international and my advice is pack light 😀 also check to see if your airport has the Mamava pods for breastfeeding. I used it a few times for feeding or pumping as it was a private space and then didn’t have to worry about formula or packing a lot of milk. First flight I look a cooler of frozen breastmilk and no questions from TSA.

Amy posted in Flying Dec 11

Advice about taking a 7 month old on his first plan ride

  • Kim
    Dec 12

    Like the others said a pacifier will save you. If you plan on having your baby as a lap child I suggest wearing them, then you can have your hands free. If you are buying a ticket check your car seat ahead of time to make sure if will fit on the plane. Flying with babies is much easier than toddler so have fun! Our 3yo has flown 8 time round trip and two international, so it can be loads of fun!

  • Ana
    Dec 13

    If you’ll be on a long flight, pack one extra t-shirt FOR YOU. If the little one spits on you, drops food or milk (those spaces are tiny), you’ll feel great with fresh clothes. Flights are cold, a light blanket is always handy, specially with the air on coming out above of the window seats.

Travelling with 1.3 months old please share cruise experience

Hi, We are thinking to go on cruise with my 15 months old toddler boy on memorial day long weekend. Please suggest me where to go and which cruise is having baby sitting facility and kids friendly. Any websites where i can get good deals? We are from Virginia.

  • Caitlin
    Dec 11

    Sounds fun!

  • Ryan
    Dec 17

    Pack a tacklebox full of fun toys/ activities (age appropriate of course) ... Snacks!!!! www.Izzaroo.com for more fun ideas for playing, creating and exploring ideas.

C posted in Flying Dec 09

Your favorite tricks to keep baby happy on the plane

What are your tried and true go-tos that always keeps your lap infant quiet throughout the flight? Let's hear them!

  • MichDacs
    Dec 09

    We grab a bunch or random things from the airport food court (straws, to-go cups, sugar packets). He had fun taking straws out of its cover, putting sugar in cups, transferring sugar from one cup to another... we like doing this since, if we lose it, all is still well in world. Plus, we can toss everything after the plane ride and we don’t have to worry about lugging so much toys around.

  • C
    Dec 11

    That's brilliant!

Road trip!

Hello, I’m taking my one year old baby girl on a 3 hour road trip and extremely nervous and her crying in her car seat for half the trip... any recommendations on what will keep her entertained ??? TIA !!

  • Kim
    Dec 10

    Almost forgot, check out busy books. You can find them on Etsy. They have zippers, clasps and all kinds of built-in sensory items. We made our own busy box with a plastic crayon container and filled it with pompoms, triangle shaped crayons, stickers, Velcro blocks, etc etc.

  • Kait
    Dec 10

    Try leaving at naptime or bedtime. We do 6 hr road trips pretty often and I have 3 under 3! My advice: let them cry if you know they’re not hungry or needing a diaper change. They’ll adjust. My kids love road trips!!!

Anonymous posted in Travel Dec 08

Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Another SUV

We are expecting our first baby and want to upgrade from my 2008 Prius. I want something with a third row. We went to look around at Car Sense last night and I test drove and loved a Hyundai Santa Fe. I am not a car person at all and also horrible at big (expensive) decisions. Does anyone have the Hyundai Santa Fe and love it? Hate it? Is there another SUV model that you like better? Thank you ... More

  • Jared
    Dec 09

    Me and my Fiancé are looking into a Honda Pilot. Some models have a 3rd row. We have 3 children and the Santa Fe lacks trunk space (2yo twins and 6 month old)

  • cocomac
    Dec 09

    My husband got the AcuraMDX, it has 2 seats in third row. But add in a stroller, it’s really only 1 seat back there. But if you have only 1 kid, it might be okay! My friend has the Toyota highlander for her 2 kids (age 5 and 2), for the third row. And I think it has pilot seats in the middle row.

Shahida posted in Babies Dec 07

Hi! My baby is 5 months old. Thinking about taking vacation with her. What will be the best places?

  • Elle
    Dec 07

    Second @Kims post. Anywhere you want! At 6mo they can get most of the overseas vaccinations. Beach! Somewhere warm :)

  • Qingqing
    Dec 08

    We took ours to China ask for bassinet seat when you buy plane ticket

Anonymous posted in Family Life Dec 04

Nervous about vacationing away from baby

I'm considering surprising my partner with a cruise for Christmas since he's never been on one and we desperately need a quick vacation. However, my LO will only be 7 months by cruise date and I am terrified of being away from him. Is there any way to feel comfortable about being away? Or should I consider a different gift?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    You hit the nail on the head, Caroline. The point is for us to have a getaway because I have been total focused on my LO.

  • Caroline
    Dec 04

    Yes!!! I recently am a stay at home mom for a little and as much as I love her.. I needed some time away and I love my husband to and your relationship with your husband has to be healthy.(not saying yours isn’t) lol just you have to take care of yourself and your relationship with your SO. It’s healthy for everyone! :)

Load More