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Traveling with Kids

Corinne M.
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Traveling with your littles in tow need not be stressful! Instead, get the guidance you need to make your family's next vacation the best one yet. You'll come back feeling like you've logged some quality R&R—we promise.

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Travelling with a 14 month old
CRISTIANE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi I’m travelling internationally with my 14 month old and I’m thinking about buying an extra convertible car seat to be our “travel car seat” as I don’t want to take our Nuna one, with fears that it will get damaged. Wondering if you have any recommendations for lightweight and easy to install options?

Cheers,
Cris.

Corinne
CORINNE

Hi Cristiane!

We purchased a lightweight car seat specifically for travel, and never once
regretted lugging it along. Here are some ideas for you: *The Best
FAA-Approved Car Seats for Travel*

Have a great trip!

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CRISTIANE

Thanks Corinne - but I’m not able to see any links

Corinne
CORINNE

Oh, weird!

Sorry about that. Probably our favourite car seat to travel with is the
Cosco Scenera NEXT

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Travelling in taxis and minibus abroad
KESHIA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi my son will have just turned one when we go on holiday to Portugal. The taxi company have advised that we will not need a child seat in a mini bus but I am concerned that my son is so small for his age (under 9th centile) that it would be safer for him to travel in his own seat rather than on my lap. Please could you provide any advice. Am I just overreacting?

Corinne
CORINNE

Hi Keshia!

You are not overeacting at all--I was always a stickler for bringing along
a car seat when we travelled and I have never regretted lugging it along,
even if we didn't end up using it--much or at all.

I'm not sure if by mini-bus you mean an actual shuttle bus (where you would
not be able to install a car seat anyway) or a van that would have
appropriate seatbelts. *Technically* car seats are not required in shuttles
and taxis in most cities, but that doesn't keep your baby safe or offer any
peace of mind for you! We purchased a lightweight, convertible car seat
specifically to use for travel. If you're flying and you've bought your son
a seat, you will need to use it on the plane anyway. However if you are not
planning to buy your son his own airplane seat, please gate check it in a
padded travel bag to keep it safe.

Here are some links that I hope you will find helpful!

-*The Best FAA-Approved Car Seats*

-*Car Seat Travel Bags and Accessories*

-*Using Car Seats on Planes*

-*Travel with Infant Car Seat without the Base*

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Travel with 10 mo from LA to FL
MEGAN, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

We are traveling in Feb and we have a connecting flight because there were not any direct flights available!

We are currently “sleep training” as I am attempting to end the night feedings and co-sleeping. I have a feeling I will have a month filled without sleep and probably a lot of frustration however my biggest worry is that as soon as we have it down in mid feb it will all go to waste, as our trip is 2 weeks long, and there only sleeping I can think of at the in-laws will be in the pack in play, if we bring it.

Should I wait til after the trip to stay focused on the crib sleeping or just tackle it now? Will it be more likely that he will adapt to sleeping in the pack in play if he has been sleeping in the crib alone for a month?

As of right now... all naps are in crib & only last about 30-45 min. He starts his night in the crib but after he cries for a bout an hour around midnight I alway give in and take him bed. I’m really frustrated with that actually.

Thanks

Corinne
CORINNE

Hi Megan!

I certainly feel for you as a consistent sleep schedule is so essential for
everyone's well being, and it would be awful to mess up a newly-implemented
routine! However, if you get him going for a solid month, it really
shouldn't mess up your routine any more than if he'd always been a
consistent sleeper. Definitely make sure he will have a bed to call his
own--whether that be a pack-n-play or if your in-laws can arrange to borrow
a crib--and immediately follow your routine at home once you arrive.

If you do get him consistently sleeping in his own bed before you go,
consider bringing along his crib sheet/bedding. The familiar scent and feel
may help him to relax in an unfamiliar bed. I have literally stripped a
crib sheet off the bed and crammed it into my carry-on bag while the whole
family was packed in the car ready to head to the airport :)

In spite of your best efforts, it is very likely you will have a regression
anyway. It happens to the best of us! I used to call it our "vacation
hangover" and it never lasted more than a few days. Three weeks was the
longest (and oh, did it feel long!) but if you stick to your routine as
best you can you'll get back to normal much faster.

Here are some articles I hope may be helpful:

-*Fixing Baby Sleep Problems After Travel*

-*Will Travel Mess with Baby's Sleep?*

-*Coping with Baby Jet Lag*

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nervous flyer taking kids
LIZ, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD

I'm a nervous flyer generally, so I have extra worry trying to care for my 3 little kids and stay calm. Any advice or strategies?

Corinne
CORINNE

Hi Liz!

Probably my best advice is to be SUPER organized and plan out your flight in your head in advance with regard to food and activities. Hopefully you will be so busy that you won't have a chance to feel anxious. I found my kids really picked up on my moods if I was stressed so I tried extra hard to remain cool and calm in the face of delays and other travel annoyances.

In cases of turbulence when my kids were worried I found that being overly cheerful and blasé about it helped me feel less nervous too! It definitely takes a concerted effort but it was definitely worth it.

Then, treat yourself to a nice glass of wine once you've arrived and they're down for the night!!

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17 month old
IVETTE , PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

We re planning a trip (2 hour plane ride) when my baby will be 17 months old. First time on a plane. Do we need to buy him a seat? What should we take? For entertainment, etc. thanks!

Corinne
CORINNE

Hi Ivette!

You don't have to buy your child a seat until they are two, but if you decide to you will need to use a car seat on board. A two-hour flight is a good length to get used to flying, so make sure you have lots of snacks, a few "low tech" things like colouring bins and crayons and even a travel etch a sketch. Of course a tablet loaded with new games and shows is the easiest thing to keep toddlers engaged, but save it for last if you can, since it's hard to go back once you've brought it out.

Here are some more tips and info I hope you'll find helpful... Have a great trip!

http://havebabywilltravel.com/2012/06/12/flying-with-baby-travel-tips-for-flying-with-a-toddler-12-24mos/