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 In-Laws Jun 10

Out of town or state trip with grandparent

This was an argument for me and dh today and I was just wondering how other people view it. Both my mom and mil have asked to take my one year old out of state (without us/me) and I have said no to both. My husband is upset I said no to his mom. So fellow parents what’s your opinion on it? Out of town vs out of state. Or overnights with either your parent of SO’s parent/in law. At what age? Etc.

  • Juliana
    Jun 11

    I have a 9 month old and she’s spend the night and weekends at my moms and my MIL. I trust them both equally. However, at such a young age, I would not allow either one of them to take my kid out of state. It would be hard for me to reach the baby if there should be an emergency. I do have 2 older boys and they have traveled out of state and country with their grandparents.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 12

    I let MIL have them overnight finally one day and my one yr old stayed up till 5 crying and not once did they call us, I reasoned it with they probably didn’t wanna bug us but they should’ve. My mom at least face times when lo gets upset and starts to say mama or da and if she isn’t calm tell us to come get them if we want.

Anonymous posted in Flying Jun 07

Any tips for a 6 hour flight with an almost 2 year old?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 09

    We never ever give our phones/iPad but the plane is the only exception lol get an isle seat bc you’ll be walking up and down a lot. I’d get toddler their own seat. I did lap ticket for my 18 month old last weekend and it was such a mistake, it’s just way too tight. Lotssss of snack, hide a few toys for a few weeks so they’re new.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 09

    Snacks, drinks, tablet a new toy all things your wouldn’t usually give into. We also flew early right after he woke for the day so he would be more tolerant which worked well until our flight was super delayed 🤷🏼‍♀️

Caleb posted in Flying Jun 06

Air travel tips

We have a trip coming up in a couple of months, and I was wondering if anyone had some tried and true methods of making air travel with a 1 yr old as smooth as possible? Dealing with TSA? On the plane? Calming baby? Ect...

  • Tina
    Jun 06

    We flew to japan when my baby was 11.5 months old and he was most interested in the stuff in the seat pocket such as the inflight magazine and emergency instruction pamphlet. We also brought a giant ziploc bag full of small new cheap toys from the dollar store and target. Also when entering the airport security line, ask if there’s a family line which will be a shorter line if they have one. ... More

  • Jennifer
    Jun 07

    Snacks all the snacks you can take. We also flew early morning so he had just woken up and was way happier than nap time. Also we gave him his tablet and some juice as special travel treats

Travel

Next month we’ll be traveling to Colorado with my boys. One is 2 years and the other is 10 months. I’m so lost on what to do about car seats. Should we bring them with us? We have two graco 4 ever so they’re heavy and bulky. But I’ve also heard renting car seats from a rental car agency is a bad idea. Also, has anyone experienced altitude sickness? We live at the beach in Florida so we’re at se... More

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Jun 03

Travel bassinet

I was wondering who has used one of the fold up travel bassinets and if they thought it was worth it? It seems like it would be nice to use for camping, vacations, and even just going over to family’s house but I was curious what everyone thought? Thank you in advance :)

  • Elle
    Jun 05

    We did, and we loved it. Skipped the non travel bassinet option and just had a sturdy travel one. Why have two?

Find the Most out of the way Campgrounds

We're aobut to head out on our yearly two week camping trip! We use a pretty cool app for finding camping sites called ParkAdvisor.  It shows all the private and government owned campsites in any area, including a huge number of them we never would have found, but loved.  Many of the campsites we wound up in were an hour or so up ever narrowing, apparently deserted, dirt roads through the m... More

All inclusive holiday

Looking for any recommendations for an all inclusive holiday! Looking for a week away where kids can have their own time (1yr old & 4 yr old) and my husband and I can have some time alone.. with wine.

  • Cathy
    May 29

    I was going to suggest a cruise too. There’s a Facebook page called Disney Cruise Line Junkies and there’s like, 80,000 people on it. You can get all sorts of advice. We’ve never been but people LOVE it.

  • T
    May 30

    I’m not sure your 1yo will be allowed at the kids clubs on cruises. I thought most started at 3yo & potty trained to be left at inclusive resorts...

Elizabeth posted in Babies May 27

Things to do with a 6 month old on vacation besides play in pool and sand?

  • Anonymous
    May 27

    Go to a bar or out to eat and enjoy your time while they are still sitting still, before you are forced to entertain 24/7 and ONLY do kid activities 😆

  • PK
    May 27

    ^^ yes!! Plus just being out and seeing the world around them is enough entertainment until they are running around

Garima posted in Flying May 26

First time mom looking for travel tips

Hi, I am first time mom and a have limited knowledge related to car seats. My LO is 10 months old. We have uppa baby Cruz stroller for her and MESA car seat. We are planning to travel next week from Miami to Houston. In July month we are planning to travel to Denmark to celebrate her first birthday. Also by this year end we are planning to travel to India to visit our family. Does the... More

  • Myrtle
    May 29

    I don’t know anything about your current stroller but we use the mountain buggy nano stroller when we travel because it fits in the overhead compartment of an airplane😊 The video shows the wheels being removed to put it in the travel bag but we never removed our wheels we left it all intact. It can fit any car seat you have which is nice.Although it’s not as easy as some of those click and go ... More

Laurie posted in Flying May 25

Documentation For Going on Airplane

I have an infant and 8yr old going on a plane with me in a couple weeks, do y’all know if there’s any documentation we would need for them?

  • Anonymous
    May 26

    Some airlines check birth cert or shot records to verify birthdate for lap baby

  • Junoii
    May 30

    You just need the child’s birth certificate and your dL for domestic travel. For internal you need a passport , potentially a visa ( depending on the country you are going into) , and if only one parent is going a document showing the other parent is aware of the travel. That should take care of the airline requirements , security, and customs if you are going international

Is readymade puree pouches available in shops are healthy for baby? Baby food tips for travelling

My LO is 8 months old.. till now i have always given her home made food purees.. is readymade purees available at shops r healthy n safe for babies?? Also i wanna know what type of solid foods can be carried for road trips 2-3 days long.. should i take these readymade puree pouches?? What do other mommies take for their babies?

Anonymous posted in Babies May 19

Sitting in backseat w/ LO

At what age was your little one when you stopped sitting in the backseat with them? My son is 7 months and I still sit in the backseat with him, I don’t mind but I would like to be in the front enjoying the outside view and holding my husbands hand. It’s the little things I miss...

  • Natasha
    May 22

    Two weeks. When I saw that he was falling asleep as soon as the wheels started turning, I took advantage of the time adulting with my husband lol

  • Anonymous
    May 22

    I sat in the back maybe a handful of times when my daughter was getting used to her car seat and then bought a mirror that I could see from my rear view. I had to do errands on my own with her

Anonymous posted in Flying May 18

First flight

I'm flying with my almost 21mo old in a few weeks. He will be sitting on my lap and it's a 7 hr flight. Any tips to keep him occupied?

Dads & Moms and Teamwork

There's a mom & dad that are tag teaming their 3 & 1 year-old on our flight, & it's adorable! The dad managed to get seated in a row with the two kids, the mom stayed further back. The kids are super adorbs & the mom's taking each them for walks when she can. Meanwhile, the dad's hanging out with the other kid (kids when the seatbelt sign's on). It's super-fun to see all the teamwork!

Anonymous posted in Potty Training May 18

Until how old is it ok for a child to be naked in public?

Going to a community festival that will just have portable toilets. Not a fan of those and definitely don’t want to take my 2.5 yr old inside when he has to touch everything in sight. I have the OXO 2 in 1 potty seat that I’m just planning on setting up with a plastic bag away from crowded places. Is it considered public indecency if I were to set up my son on a potty like that without closed... More

  • Emily
    May 18

    I also agree with 5yo, as well. However, living in San Francisco, you see naked adult people all the time. So not sure you can really put an age limit to it. Unfortunately.

  • Anonymous
    May 19

    Thank you all for your responses! @emily 🤣🤣🤣 on our last trip to SF we did see a naked guy and it was COLD!! My son spotted him first 😂

Laura posted in Toddlers May 12

Amsterdam with a nearly 3 year old?

My husband has a conference in Amsterdam every September and wants me and our daughter, who will be nearly three, to come. He has to work 3 full days (8am-8pm), and 3 half days (where the other half of the day we could tag along on a work outing like a boat trip or something), and we can extend the trip before or after the conference. The hotel will be paid for, but we'd have to pay for the... More

  • Molly
    May 17

    Traveling around Europe with my then 2.5 year old was awesome! There were painful parts (time change adjustments) but generally it was so fun. Challenging, exciting, and I would most definitely do it again. I did have my partner with me, and if you don’t generally spend time with your kid alone and when you do it makes you lonely, then maybe it’s not right for you. BUT it could be a great bondi... More

  • JM
    May 17

    I think it really depends on the child. Is your child okay with being woken up in the middle of nap or have somewhat irregular sleep schedule? Does he/she sit still in a car/plane for longer periods of time with entertainment? Is your child a picky eater or willing to try new foods? All of these little things can determine whether the trip will be fun and exciting, or miserable and not worth it... More

Anonymous posted in Flying May 09

Traveling to SF with a 1yo and 3mo advice

Me, my husband and 2 kids will be flying for the first time to SF from LAX for a weekend. We'll be flying with Alaskan Airlines. Does anyone know of a rideshare service similar to Uber/Lyft that includes a carseat? We won't be renting a car so we won't be bringing our toddler's bulky car seat. Also how does transporting a double stroller into the airplane work? We have the Uno2D... More

  • Joanna
    May 09

    Ask on Nextdoor about a ride. At least in my suburban area there are a few go-to Uber drivers who are willing to store a car seat and bring it to pick up. For your stroller, you will have it tagged at the gate. If you want to put it in a bag, it's up to you. Leave it folded plane side and it should be brought to you at the gate when you land. Same for the car seat if you don't use it ... More

  • B
    May 10

    Where are you staying? Most hotels and many Airbnb’s have pack and plays so you don’t have to lug it. But if you do, you’ll check it in like a suitcase. I’d wrap it in a bag or something. Infant car seat and stroller get checked at the gate or when you check luggage (your decision). Sometimes uber has an uber family option with a car seat. You could check online to see if LA has it.

Anxious parents traveling by plane

We are very anxious parents (at least the mom is) traveling to another state by plane with an 18 month old child. Mom is curious about logistics and germs. We need to travel with a stroller (city mini) and a car seat but my wife adamant about boxing the car seat and stroller so neither will be damaged or contaminated in the cargo hold. How does everyone else do this? Will we need to purchase a ... More

  • Katherine
    May 08

    I travel a lot with my daughter (she has been on 20 planes) I have my car seat in a check bag and check it with my luggage. I then check my stroller in the jetway but I’m always traveling alone with her so I need the stroller. I have wet wipes and I wipe down my seat, tray table, seat back in front of us, and the seat belt. I make sure I pack plenty of snacks, her favorite book, a go to favorit... More

  • Wend
    May 08

    I know this is a pricey option but anytime we have flown with our now 21 month old, we flew first class, two seats for us and him as a lap infant. We are older parents and the comfort came in handy for our sanity. No regrets. We did lay down seats to Hawaii too so he could nap on my husband. We do bulkhead if no lay down seats. The extra room helps! We used baby headphones with him and brought ... More

Where can I go on vacation with my 12 month old in the USA during summer?

  • Diana
    May 03

    “Anywhere!” I think it really depends on what you like to do when you’re on vacation at that age. When my child was 12 months, she loved colorful gardens, open grassy areas, and twinkly lights after dark (think Christmas lights, that are also at large amusement parks). She also loved crowd watching and would happily sit through semi-long theater performances (60 to 90 minutes). My particular... More

  • T
    May 06

    EVERYWHERE it just depends on your likes and interest. At that age it’s easy fun, & free.

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