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Travel & Kids: 5 Tips for Flying with your Baby

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Travel | 4 comments

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The idea of getting on a plane with your baby can be intimidating (maybe even a little scary). After all, most parents have days where just getting out the door for a quick grocery store run is troublesome task with a baby. However, with a little extra careful planning and preparation, there is no reason why you cannot take your bundle of joy on a flight with you.

1. Do you need one seat or two?

Most flights do not require a parent to purchase an extra seat for their baby if they will be in their arms during the flight. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) highly recommends that it is a great deal safer for babies who weigh less than 40 pounds to be secured in their car seat during a plane ride.

2. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

The flight attendants are there to assist. You should always feel completely comfortable asking them for help when needed, especially if you’re traveling alone.

3. Do not worry about the people around you.

Naturally, you want to do what you can to comfort your child when they are crying. However, there are times where a baby is fussy and there really is nothing that you can do. Try not to worry about whether or not your child is disturbing the people around you. Chances are pretty good that a lot of them know exactly what it is you are going through.

4. Get a flight that works for your baby.

After a while, your baby should have a pretty set schedule. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your child is to schedule a flight when they are used to being asleep. This increases the chance that your baby is just going to sleep during the flight.

5. Give yourself plenty of time for surprises.

The general rule of thumb is that you need to arrive at an airport two hours early to make sure you can get through the security and get on your flight on time. However, you never know if your baby is going to throw up or need their diaper changed while you are rushing to your flight. Two hours may seem like a lot of time, but that is not always the case when you have a baby.

If you have a passion for travel, don’t stop moving. At Baby’s Own Room we are all about living active, exciting lives and if your passion happens to be travel, continue the journey. Baby’s don’t change lives but enrich them. See the world with your baby and once they are grown it will be fun to show him or her pictures of the places they’ve traveled to before they even knew how to talk.

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Travel and Kids: Top 5 Family Road Trips this summer

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel and Kids: Top 5 Family Road Trips this summer

When you take your children on a family road trip, getting there is half of the fun. The most important thing you can do is not allow your family to get stuck thinking that the family vacation starts when you get to your destination. You want the vacation to start when the driving does. In fact, depending on where you go it is possible to turn the road trip into the vacation. Here are two specific locations that make for great road trips for you and your family:

1.  Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway makes a great road trip if you are in the mood for some sightseeing. This highway is actually one of the most famous highways in the United States as it runs along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the entire USA. It is considered by most to be the “All American-Road.”

2.  Route 66

Route 66 was once known as America’s Main Street. It is a route that extends from Chicago to Los Angeles. It is the natural change in scenery as you progress down this road that most travelers come for. Traveling down Route 66 is a great road trip for families with children because there are a lot of family activities to do along the way.

A family road trip does not have to be based on traveling down a route or specific road that already exists. It may be more fun to plan out the road trip for your family. Here are three road trip themes that give your family a little more freedom for planning, break the mode and enjoy the adventure:

 

3.  History Road Trip

A history road trip is meant to be fun and educational. Obviously, this is going to be an ideal road trip for families with children who are a little older. Consisting of visiting landmarks and museums and learning about America’s history.

4.  Themed Road Trip

A themed road trip is your chance to really appeal to your children’s interest. Your goal is to try to find landmarks, attractions, and museums that contain things that revolve around what your child likes. Then, you plan the road trip around the location of some of these destinations. Anything from mountain biking to rock climbing to tasting all the best local ice cream shops in each new city, this theme is limitless!

5.  Photo Scavenger Hunt Trip

A photo scavenger hunt trip is fun because you can really go anywhere. The goal of this trip is to get your children more observant of the things outside of the car as you travel. The trick is to preplan the trip with a list of things they should take pictures of while on the trip. This will make them more observant and make the trip a little more exciting for them.

Baby’s Own Room wishes you safe travels this summer and we sincerely hope that you have a great time with your family on a fun road adventure! It’s a great time to bond with older kids and get little ones use to be on the move. If you have a passion for travel…keep those feet moving and your children are sure to develop a taste for the adventurous spirit.

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