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Can you be adventurous with wee little ones? The answer is yes, as long as you have a desire and a mind to do so. Kids can be very easy to travel with when you’re prepared and somewhat experienced in traveling. Even if you aren’t, the trip is what you make of it. If you’re scared and nervous, that energy will be passed to everyone around you and will reflect the kind of trip you have. If you’re relaxed with a mellow attitude, ready for whatever comes your way, the trip will be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. It is what you make of it, so be positive and try. The price of seeing the expressions on your little one’s face will be so rewarding; sharing new places and experiences together is an experience that you just can’t get by watching the Travel Channel.

I will be traveling to the UK and Ireland next week and will be taking my husband and 21-month-old son for a work related trip. For some parents this would be daunting and sheer mindblowing. I’ll be over six months pregnant and will have a 21-month-old on a 10-hour flight. For us it’s the norm. We are big on traveling and even before I got pregnant with my first child we had discussed the impact of taking an infant or toddler on all of our trips. How would it impact us? Would we be able to continue being spur of the moment, drop everything and pack up and go kind of people? At first, I was leery of how I might handle taking a newborn places. My husband reassured me that it would be fine and that infants are easier than toddlers. I had to find out for myself and kept telling him to just let me see what the baby’s like, and what his or her temperament was, before we started planning our next big adventure.

Needless to say, as soon as he was born, I needed an escape from being cooped up in our house. We looked for ways to travel close to home, starting with small journeys, such as heading an hour away to Lake Tahoe, then staying for a few days at the lake, and then by 3 months of age we were heading to San Francisco, a 3.5 hour drive away, and taking him to his first baseball game. By 4 months we were back flying. We took him to Pittsburgh for a funeral and, due to booking our flights last minute, had to take 3 flights to get there and 3 flights to come home. Work took us to Las Vegas, an hour flight, then for Thanksgiving we were back in San Francisco. For Easter we took off to Mexico and then for his first birthday we celebrated it back in Pittsburgh. By that time, he had been on 18 flights and was perfect on each one. Since then, we have taken him on a cruise and are about to take him half way around the world. This will mark his 28th flight upon our return home, all before the age of 22 months.

This has become our way of life. We need a little bit more time in prepping where we are going, due to the nature of taking a little one, but with a couple of flights under our belts we’re pretty good at packing, now even able to drop everything to fly somewhere within a days notice. Going to Pittsburgh for the funeral really helped kick things into gear for me. I had 1 hour to pack myself and my little man for almost a week stay. On top of that, I was packing cloth diapers. If I can do it—having the extra work of cloth diapers—anyone can do it. We have decided several times at 10am to drop everything and leave by noon to go on a two hour drive and spend the night somewhere. Newborns and toddlers are easy, especially if you are still nursing.

Traveling can be rewarding and helps maintain the bond between you and your spouse; you’re able to continue being active while having a family. So many people I know don’t go anywhere until the kids are at least 5, 6, 7 years old because they don’t want to leave them or they don’t want to travel with them. You need vacation time. You need time to just get away. Life is too short to wait years before you go anywhere again. Just because you had kids doesn’t mean life stops. It doesn’t mean you can’t travel or have to leave them at home. Family trips can be so much fun and such a learning experience for everyone. Plus, you and your spouse can recognize the change in having a family while still feeling as though life is somewhat the same—only better. I greatly encourage families to travel, especially with little ones. You’d be surprised at how much they learn and how you grow in forcing yourself to think outside of just your home. It’s challenging and rewarding, as it empowers you to do whatever you’d like, even after you have kids.

Tune in to my next blog for packing tips on spur of the moment trips.

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