Friday, July 30, 2010

Mommy Needs Travel Advice

I'm kinda tired this morning. I worked until 11:30 last night and then I had a friend who's baby was in our Special Care Nursery, so I popped in to visit her and see the cute baby before I headed out and of course didn't get home until around 1:00 am! Oops!

We are going on a big vacation to Texas in October to visit my husbands grandparents. They are renewing their vows after 60 years of marriage! It is going to be like a big family reunion, but I am a little nervous about making this trip with an 18-month-old. My husband and I made this same trip in 2007, but it was just the two of us, so it was no big deal.

This time, we are traveling with my two mother-in-laws, sister- and brother-in-law and their three kids (ages 13, 10 & 8). So lots of arms and eyes, but I'm still dreading it a little. So I've been searching the Internet for some great ideas to make our traveling a little easier.

  • I found this website - TravelMamas.com with lots of helpful lists for packing (I'm kind of a list fanatic).

  • Although we're not buying our Little Guy a seat on the airplane, I'm hoping to get him an empty seat, so he can sit in his car seat on the 6 hour flight (to contain the wiggles!), but just in case we have to gate-check it, I'm thinking of purchasing one of these Car Seat Travel Bags (or one similar).

  • Ear Planes for kids are these weird ear plugs that are supposed to relieve ear pressure during take-off and landing on the airplane.... not sure how it will really work, but maybe worth a try (read some reviews here).
Anyone have any travel tips for a squirmy, very active 18-month-old little boy to do in airports and airplanes? He's not much into watching TV although I may get a short DVD or two and borrow the cousins DVD player just in case. I'm going to bring some of his books with, but that will only last so long. I've asked some friends who traveled with their babies and/or toddlers recently, but they both have nice snuggly children. =)

Any advice will be considered! Haha



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3 comments:

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

I don't really have any advice other than definitely get some dvds and borrow the player! I find even children who aren't into tv much (like my 4 year ld boy) will watch it when it's the only option. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a good one cause they interact with your child and draw them in and theres lots of bright colors and music !
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Dawn said...

Well, I am one of those with the 'snuggly child.' (smile) But that I SPY toy... what' I'd have given to have heard of that in March when I traveled with my daughter. She's 18 months now as well and it would have kept her SO occupied. She did sleep a lot. She screamed in every airport (from NE to NY and back) and was tired from it all and slept a lot on the flights. Best wishes to you! Found you at The Girl Creative.