Home for the Holidays {Family Travel Tips}

6 Dec


Tis the season…

After traveling back east with our little one for Thanksgiving, I picked up some good tips that I thought I’d share. If you’re getting ready to hit the road (or skies) with your kiddo(s), here are a few things to keep in mind:

* Do your best to schedule flights and road trips during nap time or around bedtime.

* If your babe sleeps in a dark room, pick up these handy blackout shades from Home Depot to have at your destination. They’re super easy to put up and also can be moved easily from room to room.

* If your little one will be sleeping in a travel crib or Pack ‘N Play, try getting him or her used to it by using it for naps a week or two leading up to your trip. Also, don’t forget to pack one of your babe’s unwashed crib sheets (which provides a familiar scent), lovey or favorite plush toy, white noise machine and any other bedtime items that will make them feel more at home.

* If your family is anything like mine, they jump at the chance to help (and hold!) your little ones when you visit. While this is wonderful, what it often means for us is little to no Mama & Charlie time, which is hard on both of us. If possible, try to set aside at least 15-30 minutes a day of cuddle time, as there will likely be many unfamiliar faces popping by to ooh and aah over your babe and it could leave them a bit unsettled.

* Along the same lines, it’s nice to try to fit in a relaxing day or two before and after busy travel days.

* Since we were traveling west to east, we tried to keep Charlie on California time. If you’re traveling east to west, it might be a little tougher but try to stretch out your kiddos’ naps and bedtimes until they are adjusted.

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

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