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‘Hat Training Day’ And Why It Saves A Vacation

A few years ago I helped my husband prepare for an upcoming interview. We ran through a series of typical questions and together we brainstormed about some situational answers he could use. I remember one question touched on his greatest career accomplishment. I rolled my eyes as he scratched his head- stumped about what to say. And not because he couldn’t think of anything. But because he couldn’t narrow it down.

While he debated, I let my mind wander. At that point I’d been a stay-at-home mom for roughly 7 years. The idea of me Continue reading ‘Hat Training Day’ And Why It Saves A Vacation

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5 Reasons To Travel With Your Baby

Although I love discussing any and all travel, one of my favorite travel topics is babies. I am absolutely passionate about traveling with very young children. Perhaps because it’s a heavily debated topic, I love pointing out all the great benefits.

Here are my top 5 reasons to travel with your baby:

  1. Money Savings: Perhaps the most logical argument for traveling with babies is the fact that it’s pretty much free. For starters, kids fly for free up to age two. Additionally, most attractions grant free admission to young children. Furthermore, it’s much easier to control your trip expenses with a baby who doesn’t ask for souvenirs, dessert and extras every hour!

    We LOVED taking advantage of the free flights for baby!
  2. Etiquette Experience: I’m a firm believer in the fact that kids learn through experience. It’s awfully hard to teach your children how to behave in restaurants, hotels, and museums without actually going to those places! Travel provides an awesome opportunity for you to introduce those concepts to your children. For example, we spend a week in a very large hotel with our 14 month old. She went crazy for the elevators. I was able to use that week to teach her elevator etiquette. She learned to wait until everyone got off before getting on. She also learned how to push only the buttons I indicated and not the whole panel!
  3. Food Willingness: Every mom knows, there’s some weird phenomenon that happens to all children regarding food. At some point they all go through a picky phase. Perhaps the code passes from child to child on the playground before they’re really even able to speak. Who knows? But regardless, I’ve found that the more foods experienced before that phenomenon takes root, the less picky they remain. In other words, giving your kids a wide variety of new foods at an early age should hedge off food particular tendencies. Through travel, we introduced TONS of new foods and flavors to our babies long before they had opinions. And we found that today they are much more likely than the average kid to try new foods.

    Okay, trying ice cream isn’t exactly the experience I was describing…but I will always remember Mary Grace had her first bite at The Sugar Shack in Scottsdale, AZ!
  4. Adaptability: Here is one phrase I hear A LOT when talking to people about traveling with kids: “My kids only sleep well when they’re in their own bed.” Well, yes. In a way, don’t we all? But I never want that excuse to hold me back. So personally, I’m a big fan of NOT always letting kids sleep in their own bed. Staying in hotels, or with friends and grandparents, is the best way to train kids on sleeping adaptability. Is it always as successful as a night at home? No. However, I think they only way they can get better is to practice. Same goes for going to a restaurant, museum, sporting event, etc. Travel forces kids to learn adaptability!

    Bring a few blankets and lovies from home and a hotel crib really isn’t all that bad.
  5. Brain Development: A child’s brain develops the most rapidly during the first 3 years of life. The ability to think, feel and learn is shaped by early experiences. Through touch, sound, sight, smell, and taste, a baby expands brain capabilities. So why not show them the world?

    Just a few of the expressions we captured during Mary Grace’s first visit to Disney. You can practically SEE her brain developing in these shots!

If this has you ready to pack your bags, be sure to go back and read my post on The Best Trips For Young Kids.

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5 “Must-Pack” Items For Traveling With A Baby

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I always love seeing what other people consider “necessary” when traveling with a baby. I find some lists unbelievably minimal, others completely practical and occasionally a ridiculous list. I, myself, have fallen into each of those categories at one point or another so trust me when I say- no judgement!

I can confidently say that in the long run, you and your baby will survive a vacation no matter what you do or don’t pack. We traveled extensively throughout the first year of both of our children’s lives. Most trips I over prepared. And every trip I forgot at least one or two “crucial” things.

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We’ve traveled by car with a baby. On those trips I had the luxury of packing everything but the kitchen sink. We also traveled by plane with a baby. Somehow I kept everything we needed for the entire trip under the 50 pound luggage weight restriction. The good news is that in all of those instances, I had everything I needed. It’s amazing how little you can survive with when you don’t have the option to pack more!

However, I will concede that having some essentials makes life a lot easier. Vacationing with a baby can be challenging enough! And thats why I’m always interested to see what others consider important for a baby packing list.

I stumbled on a list from the North Phoenix Moms Blog recently. I will admit, of the 5 items listed, 2 of them were never on my radar when I traveled with a baby. But I think the list is very interesting and well thought out! I love the idea of traveling with painters tape (that was one of the items that NEVER crossed my mind!) It’s total genius!

Painters Tape

If you’re confused how painters tape made the “5 Items I Will Never Forget To Pack When Traveling With A Baby” read the full post here.

What is the one baby item you can’t travel without?

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Friday Favorite- Babymoov Tent

Today’s Favorite Travel Product: Babymoov Anti-UV Tent

There are 4 and a half years between my kids. When my oldest was born we registered for all the latest and greatest in baby gear. As a new mom, I needed everything. Over time, I began to weed out the non-essentials. I learned what I could live without and what I couldn’t.

However, I distinctly remember a trip to the beach where we brought this massive beach tent (to provide shade for baby, obviously) AND a pack ‘n play (providing a contained place for baby to play and rest.)  Every day of our beach vacation we made about 10 trips down to the beach, hauling our gear. We spent about 30 minutes digging holes to hold the tent, and getting everything set up.

As I observed our whole beach set up, I always thought to myself “wow, I’m really nailing this whole beach/baby thing.” Mind you, at this stage I had already weeded out  all of the “extras” and THIS was exactly what I felt I needed to survive a beach vacation with baby.

Fast forward 4 years and we were preparing for our first beach vacation with our second child. Now with 2 children, our arms were a little more full and we were certainly more exhausted. My originally concept (huge tent plus pack ‘n play) seemed a bit more outrageous and I debated whether it was worth the effort.

Somehow on a pre-vacation trip to the store to purchase swim diapers, I noticed a display with the Babymoov tent. My life was changed!

All I would need to haul down to the beach was this:

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The tent unfolds very quickly to be set up in an instant. After use, it easily folds back into this convenient carrying size.

The tent has a screen that can be left unzipped, or zipped depending on your needs. It protects from UV Rays, as well as, mosquitos and other bugs. The tent is truly a lifesaver at the beach, and can also be used for a variety of other outdoor/travel adventures.

I HIGHLY recommend this product for your summer travels! To purchase visit this link:

Babymoov Anti-Uv Tent, Blue/Green

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