Vacation time is supposed to be a time centered on rest and relaxation. At least, that’s usually the case before kids join the picture. But post-baby vacations are quite a bit different! Oftentimes when traveling with little ones, even a short weekend trip can become more stressful than a typical day at the office!
1. Be organized, but go with the flow. Staying cool, calm and collected is always rule number one! It is the most important mantra to remember, as events happen unexpectedly, especially when little ones are involved. You may even need to repeat the phrase in your head as a pep talk when things start to go south ;)
<b>Bring rituals from home with you.</b>his nursery), so I always make sure to pack that first so it will never be forgotten.
<b>Cleansing wipes are a major mom key.</b>JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® baby cleansing cloths to your packing list for those moments you aren’t near a bathtub and in need of a major (or minor) cleanup. You AND your baby, as well as your travel time, will be happier and more enjoyable for it.
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4. Pack a survival kit. There are toys, and then there are “plane toys.” I reserve the right to hold on giving Ansel his absolute favorite toys (like his iPad, stickers, etc.) unless he’s on a plane. This makes him incredibly excited to fly tantrum-free… making my plane ride that much more enjoyable as well. Make sure you pack at least three of these items to ensure new exciting distractions throughout the entire ride.
5. Stay within proximity to kid-friendly spots. Last but not least, stay in areas that have plenty of kid-friendly activities right outside your door — literally. Walking distance is clutch if you can swing it! Try to stay near museums, the beach or pool, a park, the zoo, etc. This gives you maximum time to play at home OR go out for playtime… and then get back for a nap as soon as the first meltdown starts happening to indicate your little one is in need of sleep. Trust me when I say you don’t want to be far away from a rental home or hotel when that happens!
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