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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 and has been to all of his grandparents houses across the country. This blog is for parents who are a little apprehensive of traveling with their mini me.

Teaching your kids at a young age how to adapt is not a bad thing. Keep in mind though that it can be a bumpy ride and that your little one might just be that one kid that has a blow out on the plane. There will be missed nap times, a little bit of screaming, and most likely a crabby passenger nearby but I can assure you it is all worth it in the end. We now have airplane travel down to a science but it is still difficult to navigate sometimes. On this last flight Billy ended up sitting on a strangers lap so he could look out the window and play with the shade. Traveling with lap children sometimes takes some deep breaths and apologies but other times it can go exactly as planned. So buckle up, book a flight, and let me help you on your journey as you create little travelers!

-Lauren Browne

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Billy sitting on a strangers lap so he could see out the window. This guy was a trooper!


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