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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.

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.

C posted in Flying Sunday

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
    Sunday

    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.

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
    Monday

    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
    Yesterday

    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 Saturday

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
    Sunday

    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
    Sunday

    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 Friday

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

  • Elle
    Friday

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

  • Qingqing
    Saturday

    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! :)

shalry posted in Safety Dec 02

"Safety guard" for hotel beds

Hi Familes! Can anyone suggest what I can do as a safety precaution to prevent my little one from falling off the hotel bed she's sleeping on? Thanks much!

  • Shannon
    Dec 04

    We bought some inflatable crib rails on Amazon. They were less than $30 and inflate very quickly. Not only do they work flawlessly (seriously, we are staying at a hotel right now and the ONE time we didn’t use them my daughter fell out of the bed), but they take up no space packing (unlike pool noodles) and IMO work better than pillows! I think ours are called “Shrunks”.

  • Ruth
    Saturday

    Pool noodles and bed pushed against wall. If there is a couch I flip it around to face the wall ask for extra sheets and it makes a great safe bed for kids.

Anonymous posted in Flying Nov 27

Long flight

Hi All, I’m doing a 10 Hour flight on my own to England to see family for the holidays with my 14 month old (hubby joins me there at a later date and will fly back with us). I have done this trip before but when she was 6 months and not even crawling. Now, it’s a whole new situation as she is running everywhere and can’t keep still. One lucky thing is it is a night flight (4.30pm departure). ... More

  • Jaz
    Nov 29

    Baby might need to stretch. Walking up and down the pathway is always good. Also you can start teaching them stretching exercises which they can do with you on the flight. Just remember to do you and don’t care who is looking, you do what you have to do to keep baby happy and yourself sane! Best of luck!

  • Julianne
    Dec 04

    See if the airline offers bassinets for when she falls asleep. They’re usually only offered on international flights and in certain seats but can be helpful, especially when flying alone. Went on a solo 6 hour plane ride at that age and gave her a new “toy” every 30-45 min ish (ie: something from the dollar bin at Target). Just keep reminding yourself the flight will eventually end and you’ll ... More

Road Trip with Young Kids

Hi all! In April, my husband and I are braving a road trip from St. Louis, MO to Sedona, AZ for my sister's wedding. Our boys will be 5-years-old and 9-months-old. Any tips or recommendations for how I'm going to survive this? 😜

  • Nathan
    Nov 25

    Something to entertain than wether it be tablet, books, toys. When my wife and I got married we traveled 8 hours to do so and we found a zoo on the way and stopped there. Maybe a fun stop here and there.

  • Yoochul
    Sunday

    Porta potty if you can’t get to a bathroom in time. Pee in the car and dump the pee to the side of the road.

J posted in Flying Nov 21

Taking baby food internationally?

I’m about to travel internationally with my almost 10 month old and we are taking a lot of prepackaged baby food. is this a good idea? it is a lot of weight! trying to mitigate any potential stomach issues by giving him food he is familiar with. Also taking my own formula since i just don’t know what to expect.

  • molly
    Nov 21

    if there are human babies at your destination country I wouldn’t pack more than a little formula. Buy everything local and feed what babies there eat. fresh and nutritious

  • Emi
    Friday

    We’ve been to Europe twice with our oldest when he was an infant and toddler- first time we packed everything, second time we packed just enough for the plane! Everyone is right, you can get all big brand name formulas anywhere and can get all other food and supplies there as well!

Can anyone recommend a place to spend 7-8 days in California over New Years?

I have 2 boys 2 year old and 8 year old. Not looking to fly. Thinking of driving someplace a few hours from San Francisco. Tahoe is all booked. Not really a fan of Disney/LEGO/Universal lands around that time of the year. Probably be very busy. And some toddler and kid friendly activities would be welcome. Looking for ideas. Thanks

Anonymous posted in Developmental Disorders Nov 20

Traveling with autistic son

We will be traveling for thanksgiving with our 4 year autistic child. It will be his first time on an airplane. Do you have any tips or advice? Any cool apps for the iPad or cool games that he would like? Anything is helpful. Thanks in advance!

  • Joanna
    Nov 20

    My 4 yo on the spectrum is a pretty good traveller. He was scared of the airplane bathroom and it was a 5 hour flight so he had to use it twice. And we were in an old 757 where the flight attendant button is on the armrest and he thought it was cool to keep pushing the button. Otherwise, he ate all the snacks we packed, napped (which he normally doesn't), and used the iPad. My advice would ... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 20

    Thank you so much for your responses!! 💗

Lamees posted in Safety Nov 19

What do u do when traveling with a 2 years old without car seat while ubering?

  • Julie
    Nov 20

    You have to request an Uber with a car seat or you have to supply it yourself.

  • Dominique
    Nov 20

    Request one with it. If it is not an option then take your car seat. Not the easiest but it is the safest choice.

Anonymous posted in Clothes Nov 19

Sleep wear in flight?

Is it a good idea to put on a sleep wear/footed pajama on my 1 year old during a 24 hour flight with a layover? I don't want to worry about his shoe falling off or him removing his socks? Why does your experience say? Any comments? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 21

    Thanks everyone. It helps..

  • DeeDee
    Nov 25

    I flew to GA in June with my 9 month old ( at that time) footed pajamas was perfect for keeping him warm on the chilly flight!. I brought 2 pair for food or accident mishaps.

Meriksha posted in Flying Nov 19

Milk on flight??

Hello Need advice suggestions on how and what should I do? I am traveling international next week with my one year old. He drinks milk no formula. The flight is approximately 24 hours. How should I take milk? All bottles? Won't milk get bad by that time? Please share your experience/suggestions. Thanks

  • Emily
    Nov 19

    I bought the boxed milk off the shelf for my flight. I bought the mini boxes.

  • Joanna
    Nov 19

    Horizon single serve cartons. Also, McDonald's at the airport or Starbucks before the flight. And then they'll have milk on the coffee cart on the plane. Use an insulated cup and it should stay cold for several hours. That's a long flight. Good luck!

D'nasia posted in Flying Nov 19

What do I use for my 1 year old on the plane to keep from popping of ears and fussiness?

  • Lesley
    Nov 19

    Give a snack to eat or a drink when the plane starts to take off! It’ll help

  • Malka
    Nov 20

    Have he/she drink taking off and landing

Sara posted in Holidays Nov 19

What's your favorite travel product when traveling with kids?

It's holiday travel season and I'm trying to learn all the travel tips as this is my first year with 2 kids instead of 1. So reply with your favorite products for travel with little ones. For those with big enough kids, my favorite travel item is the Ride Safer Vest. It replaces a car seat and easily folds up so takes up no space. It's great for getting to and from the airport. htt... More

  • Srimsomadi
    Nov 20

    The foldable wagon. We got 1 yo and 3 yo. Last year we used 2 strollers vacation to Hawaii. But so much hassle. This year we check in our wagon at the gate, u can many stuffs back there too and the best it can roll on the sand. Both kids sit there and my lil one nap in there too when we are on the beach. We got it from Costco but this is similar: https://www.target.com/p/collapsible-wagon-em... More

  • C D
    Dec 04

    To add...Zoe Travel Stroller - folds very small and very lightweight. We take ours to the gate. Helps with being hands free.

Elle posted in Flying Nov 17

First flight with 9 month old

Hi there! My 9 month old daughter will be traveling from CA to AZ for Xmas. This is her first flight and she is a very active baby who gets very fussy if she doesn’t get a chance to crawl and explore. Any tips would be appreciated!

Val posted in Flying Nov 16

Travel

We will taking a plan trip for Christmas this year any one have any advice? I have a 7 year old with special needs. A 4 year old that screams and a 6 month old. Our flight is very late at night.

  • Willow
    Nov 29

    Leave them at home! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 J/K J/K I only have one, so I do t know (and I’m late to this post anyway), I just wanted to make you laugh! (I hope I succeeded!) Have a great day & Happy Holidays!!

  • LisaP
    Nov 30

    When I flew solo with my almost-2 year old, I wipe-bathed him, brushed teeth, read a book, and changed him into pajamas so that he understood that it was bed time. And then changed him into day-time clothes in the morning- also an extra activity to keep him occupied. I agree with the other posters that the long-haul red-eye was the easiest part of the trip. The connections were a little toughe... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Nov 16

Travel Tips/Must Haves for 1 yr old baby traveling 1st time CA to FL?

Hi! FTM here & traveling soon (Christmas time) for the 1st time w/ our almost 1 yr old baby by then, California to Florida, for a family reunion, we have a connecting flight & we chose a daytime flight. We’re seated all the way at the back near the bathrooms & an aisle seat. There’s so many info & tips online but just wanted to hear what are your personal experiences, travel tip... More

  • Lulu
    Nov 17

    A tablet and snacks!

  • Kim
    Nov 18

    We flew from CA to IL recently and we bought some new small toys to entertain her. We hid them beforehand so she wouldn’t see them and only brought them out when she started to really get fussy. Since they were new toys she was excited for something new to play with. Only bring one out at a time so you have several to work with and then hide them again once they lose interest so you can play su... More

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