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Traveling with Babies & Toddlers

By - POSTED Dec 9, 2014

Traveling with Kids

For those of you with upcoming trips or lots of traveling for the Christmas, New Years, and beyond, we chatted with mom of two and frequent traveler Ashley of Hither & Thither on how to make the process as seamless as possible. In just 2014, Ashley and her family traveled to Italy, Seattle, Hawaii, Florida, among many other places, so she’s got plenty of experience to pass along… Enjoy!

1. Traveling is always stressful, but even more so during the holiday season. As a frequent traveler, are there any ways to make the trip even slightly more pleasant?

The goal: More time, less stuff. In an ideal world, I’ll have finished packing well in advance so that we’re not rushing around at the last minute. We’ll get to the airport well in advance of our departure, and we’ll come back on a Saturday rather than a Sunday to start the week relaxed. In other words, there will be plenty of time. I’ll also have arranged for diapers and a few other things to be shipped ahead to the hotel or house where we’re staying, and have streamlined our suitcases to the bare minimum. Nothing is worse than shlepping around an excess of stuff, especially with young children who can’t yet carry their weight.

2. Do you think there’s an ideal time to travel with little ones (early mornings, after dinner, during naptimes, etc.)?

I’ve always preferred to drive or fly when the kids are sleeping—it’s hard to spend over three hours on a plane without some respite. We were lucky that my son was a pretty dependable sleeper, once we had a routine in place. But I do think it depends on the child: if they’re likely to fight it, or if you don’t think you could get them to sleep in your arms, a red-eye (when everyone else is silent) might be more stressful than passing the hours in a noisy, light-filled cabin.

Flying with Babies

3. What are your top tips for flying with babies? Are there any must-haves you swear by and always include in your carry on?

I always pack our carry-on as if we’re going to have a day-long layover. Think of that when you ‘re deciding how many diapers, how many ounces of formula, how many changes of clothes or toys you bring along. I’ve written a post with some favorite tips—like having your partner board the plane and set up the overhead space while you stay off the plane and play as long as possible.

4. What are some of your favorite ways for keeping a toddler occupied on a long car ride? Any go-to toys for car rides/flights?

Almost every carry-on bag has included a reusable sticker bag, paper and crayons, a few favorite books, child-friendly headphones (screen-time rules go out the window, but audio books are great for the older toddler), masking tape, and lots of snacks. Here are a series of games I came up with for flights, all using Cheerios.

Traveling with Babies & Toddlers

5. If there’s a time difference between home and where you’re traveling to, how can you get your kids on a new schedule?

The trick is to set your clock to the new time immediately. Eat on the new schedule and expose everyone to as much sunlight as possible in the new timezone. That said, keep the old clock (the body clock) in mind and be prepared with snacks the make it past expected mealtimes (and a bed around expected nap times without suffering major meltdowns.

6. Any unusual or unexpected travel tips you’ve picked up over the last few years?

While not unusual, I’ve really found renewed enthusiasm for preparation after having kids—in all manners. Before a trip, we go to the library and check out books related to our destination and talk about what’s exciting or different about where we’re headed. We talk about what we’ll do there and what we’ll eat. It makes a big difference! If Hudson is happy and enthusiastic, we all win.

International Travel with Toddlers

7. Any major travel success stories? Or disasters (or just plain funny ;)?

Our visit to Paris with our son, when he was a toddler, was filled with laughable moments. From taking him to La Maison Angelina (a tea salon where we learned he is not a fan of hot chocolate) to watching him get on stage at a Marionette show, it was a memorable trip! I recall in particular being excited for him to ride on a vintage carousel at Luxembourg Gardens: Unfortunately, it was a bit of a fail (albeit a comically sad one). The vintage carousel has no standing place, as the horses move using suspension alone, and so children must ride unaccompanied. This mean that Hudson was too little to ride a horse and would only be allowed to sit in a carriage. Good thing, too, because it was so fast! As the horses whipped around, and children reached for rings, Hudson wailed and wailed and tried to break free of the ropes that tied him to his seat. With every turn, he’d see us and reach his arms out crying “off, off” making the tongue-click sound he used for horses’ hooves in between sobs.

It seemed to last forever. Finally, the ride slowed. I tried to play it cool, but I just wanted to go rescue him so badly. I started walking besie him but it wasn’t coming to a stop. Aron looked at me like I was crazy and started laughing as I found myself fast-walking beside the carriage for an entire revolution.

I immediately though about that book Bringing Up Bébéand the description of the cliché, hovering American parent who shouts “weeeee” like a food every time their child goes back and forth in a swing (guilty) and felt my cheeks grow flush.

Luckily, even the man with the rings took pity on Hudson and soon he took my place, walking beside the tear-streaked boy and trying to untie him before the ride had truly stopped. I practically ran once he was in my arms. I ran to the playground, which was closing, and pleaded with a slightly shocked gatekeeper for just one ride down the slide. What a ridiculous scene!

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Thank you Ashley! Some more travel posts from Ashley that may interest you:

Gear to pack when traveling with a toddler.
Flying with a toddler or baby.
Trip planning – travel itineraries.

(Images via Hither & Thither)

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Traveling With Kids

By - POSTED Jul 31, 2013

For those of you with upcoming road trips or vacations on your schedule, we’ve scoured the web to find you some posts that provide lots of helpful tips on traveling with little ones. Got a favorite traveling tip of your own? Let us know on Twitter!

TRAVELKINS :: Tips for Traveling with Littles

The Best Baby Gear For Traveling Families

16 Fun Little Travel Toys For Kids

5 DIY Road Trip Snack Ideas That Will Save the Day

Packing Lists for Babies and Children

Keeping Your Sanity While Traveling with Toddlers

The Skootcase!

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World Traveling With Toddlers

By - POSTED Jul 26, 2013

We thought successfully getting everyone in the car for a weekend trip was an accomplishment worth celebrating, but as detailed in DailyCandy Kids’ article How to Raise (and Dress) a World Traveler, Manhattan-based parents Nathalie Coppens and Khairi Mdnor decided to up the ante by traveling through Bali, Thailand, and Myanmar, all with their then 3-year-old Milla in tote. In addition to the family’s beautiful photos from their travels, they also offer up lots of useful advice for traveling with little ones, both domestically and internationally. Some of her tips include skipping big cosmopolitan cities, taking night flights, always having stickers or sketch books on hand, and most importantly staying calm and taking your time. Read the full article here.

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Grand Travel Tips with Grandparents.com

By - POSTED Nov 13, 2012

Estella Kids is proud to announce our new partnership with Grandparents.com, a site providing a wealth of helpful, thought provoking information, and tons of amazing imagery. Due to our new relationship with Grandparents.com we wanted to take this time to give some quick holiday tips for all of the traveling grandparents out there.


The 2012 holiday season is a very exciting time, indeed. Unfortunately, it is also the busiest weekend in the entire year to travel. Long trips are just about the only negative attributes that diminish the beauty of the season. However, headaches associated with travelling should be taken in stride because, after all, they are the last hurdle between you and your family. Several basic tips can help you get to your loved ones in record time.

1.) Don’t underestimate the power of being early. It’s no secret major highways and airports become a circus, especially over the long weekend. You can drastically reduce your travel time by leaving one or two days early. Apply any extra vacation days you have to the long weekend and you’ll also have more precious time to spend with your grandchildren.

2.) Travel light, especially if you’re going by air. If you can avoid checking a bag in, you reduce the risk of major delays later. More lost and damaged bags are a product of this weekend than any other time of the year! Also, the wait at baggage carousels can be downright brutal! All you really need is a few extra sets of clothes.

3.) Stay calm! Travelling can be a very stressful ordeal, but just remember that tension will not help you reach your destination any quicker. Also it can set up negative vibes for the remainder of the trip. Bring along your favorite new book to keep you occupied. Believe me, it’s a necessity. If you are driving, take frequent breaks to stretch, and ease any tightness you may have. The goal is to arrive relaxed, and ready to spend quality time with your grandchildren.

4.) Presents! Picking out gifts for your little bundle of joy is never an easy task. With so many options it can be a little stressful, so we have a few ideas to help make the holiday season enjoyable and stress free.  For the little girls in your life we are suggesting the JANISE TODDLER GIRLS HEART PRINT DRESS IN ORGANIC COTTON for the ultimate “girly” look. For the little men we suggest ESTELLA DEVON ORGANIC BABY ROMPER IN STRIPES in red to get in the Holiday spirit. Do not forget to pack these gifts in your carry on to prevent any lost presents and a headache. Also fold these items carefully without being crushed to prevent wrinkling. For fun gifts we think the BoBo Stuffed Dog is the perfect holiday friend for your little one.

 

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