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Step 4: Taking Charge at the Airport

Navigating the airport when you don’t have a kiddo in tow is hard enough, but trying to figure it out with a little jabber bot who runs towards anything sparkly or bubbly is just that much more stressful. Fear not! If you have a plan and lots of snacks, I promise, it won’t be as bad as you think. First thing to note, is that you only have 2 hands. This is where the luggage issue comes into play. It is unreasonable to think that one person can get through to the baggage check and ticketing area with a bag for mom, a bag for baby, and a carry on, all the while carrying your child. I have considered an arm leash for my toddling little one, but I think the stroller is a better option, at least for now. I always bring a stroller and I know that some people think this is more of a pain than it’s worth, but it helps me way more than it is an inconvenience. If you don’t have a use for the stroller, strap that baby to your chest with a ring sling or a baby carrier. This will keep your arms free…

Step 3: Plan Your Packing

It might seem obvious that you need to plan ahead when traveling with tiny people but if you are going on a long trip, seriously, plan ahead. Being the most organized mom on the block will really help with any stress related to traveling with kids. Write down a list of the things you need, do a test run of your packing, and run to the nearest Target and get stuff for your baby’s airplane bag; stickers, books, food, a water bottle, mini stuffed animals, blocks. If you still have time maybe even sign up for TSA Pre or Global Entry. For $100 you will have Global Entry that comes with TSA Pre on all flights for 5 years. If you are flying with little ones it makes the process just that much easier to get through security without making a scene.
My planning ahead looks like this…
After finishing all of the laundry I start compiling all of the items I will need on my trip in one room. I pack based on whether or not I am going somewhere with a washing machine. It’s just too hard to pack too ma…

Step 2: Don’t Freak Out

If your child is like mine, you have considered canceling your trip altogether because they won’t stop running around screaming and you are scared to take this crazy person out in public, let alone shoved into a seat on a small plane where people are sure to judge you. Here’s the thing… they might just judge you but you will be surprised at who you meet on these planes. Many people have been there before and some people who don’t have kids will get it someday. Last flight we had a single guy that held our child and let him look out the window for over an hour and was cool with it because he had nieces. On another flight when we were heading back for Europe a ton of things went wrong and people around us were frustrated but all it took was one guy to tell us we were doing great to calm the lot down. That drink vouchers seemed to do the trick.
When you get to the gate and pick up your gate check tags for your stroller/car seat, ask the airline representative if you are going on a full fl…

Step 1: Pick A Destination & Research Your Rentable Options

The first step to any good trip is to figure out where you want to go. Even if you’re just visiting family there are a few tips that you might need. Most grandparents are going to rush out and buy some of the essentials like a pack 'n play, baby soaps, a high chair, or some little toys but not everyone will be able to accommodate you and your tiny person the same way. If you are off to visit family that doesn’t have the essentials or you’re heading to a neutral location you can either A) rent a pack 'n play, bouncy chair, car seat, etc. or B) you can bring it all with you. We have done both. For the most part, the rent-able items are pretty good but a car seat is the one thing I will never rent again.
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Just Because You Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Have To Stay Home

Becoming a mom scared me for so many different reasons but one of those was that I would lose my freedom to travel the world. I had been to 27 countries before getting married and was worried those days were behind me. Six months into being pregnant when I was sleeping 12 hours a day, taking naps during my lunch hour, and still throwing up every morning, my mother-in-law asked if we would be able to travel to Ohio for my husbands grandmothers 95th birthday celebration 2 months after our baby was born. Her timing wasn't the best but this got my wheels turning and because I had the time, I started to research how it would be to travel with a 2 month old across the country. As it turns out, if you are prepared for the worst, you most likely will end up better than expected. My son, Billy is 17 months now and he has been on 17 flights, has been to 5 states, 4 countries, and has visited most of our extended family. He has gone on beach vacations, European adventures, family reunions an…