I allow both of my toddlers access to iPads when we travel. Whether in the car, plane, or train. For me, it isn’t about quantity, but quality. Are they mindlessly watching movie after movie or are they learning the alphabet, counting, shapes or colors? I recently asked several other mothers what educational applications they love for their preschool age kids. I compiled their answers and below you will find the most recommended apps for toddlers.Read More
Leavenworth is an exceptionally family friendly town. We had no problems keeping our toddlers busy, happy and full. If your family is headed to the PNW or to Washington State, be sure to add a stop in Leavenworth. Whether you bring your baby, toddler, or teenager you will not be disappointed. There are toddler friendly hikes, ample playground space, a pedestrian friendly downtown area, bike rentals and even an indoor Activity Center for kids (in case of snow or rain!).Read More
We've traveled with a toddler. Actually, we travel with TWO toddlers now. We consider ourselves master toddler entertainers. HA! But seriously, we have conquered toddler boredom time and time again. OH, and while we do love a good movie, we don’t always resort to screen time to entertain our two. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective toys, books, and games that have captivated our toddlers while were trekking around the world with them. If you’re looking for toddler entertainment inspo, you’ve come to the right place!Read More
"We've traveled with a baby. We've traveled with a toddler. We've traveled with a baby AND toddler. We've also traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products.
Here a list of the 25 BEST products we have used while traveling with our kids!"Read More
Sometimes a layover is inevitable. If you’re traveling with children, especially if you’re travelling alone with children, having the option of an airport lounge is a game changer. Between the comfy seating, free food/drink & clean bathrooms, there isn’t much to complain about. Anything that makes travel with children easier and more comfortable is a win in our book.Read More
“The real question we as parents need to ask ourselves is: Is the short duration of the flight worth skipping an entire adventure? For us, the answer is no. We take them. We get through the flights. We get through the mile high poop diapers & melt downs. We get through by finding some really great ways of dealing with all that comes with bringing the kids along for life's ultimate adventures.”Read More
We recently spent a week in San Antonio while visiting my husband on one of his work trips. This multicultural city was more than I had imagined it was going to be. I was born and raised in South East Texas for 11.5 years before moving to Virginia. I am familiar with Texas, but I was happily surprised with this family friendly city and all of it’s delicious food.Read More
"Budapest has to be on our most surprisingly wonderful cities we've ever traveled too. As a matter of fact, it's one of the few places I would visit again just to have more time there. It's beautiful, friendly, family oriented and feels especially magical when standing on the banks of the Danube. If you're making a list of must-see places, put Budapest towards the top."
"My husband and I are missionaries in the Baltic States and frequently fly throughout Europe for meetings and conferences and to the United States for support raising and to visit family. With that said, our kids see their bags packed and do not make a fuss about it. They don’t see the need anymore. I have a daughter that is 8 and a son that is 4."
"There are a million options out there for Travel Cribs (AKA baby cots, pack n plays, etc). I am not even about to go into comparing them ALL to each other, but I wanted to share this option since so many of my parent-friends are struggling with their tall toddlers and where they sleep on trips!"
"Prague is a gorgeous city in the Czech Republic with so much history. Before our trip, we had heard many great things about this destination and we were not disappointed. We traveled before peak season and found everything to be relatively slow, but the major attractions still had A LOT of tourists – I am assuming peak season would be almost unbearable."
If you have been on social media in 2016, you have seen Karen Edwards and her daughter Esmé. The story of her family traveling the world with their baby went viral. Well, Karen has been kind enough to share some experiences and advice with Big Brave Nomad through a little Q & A!Read More
"In May we took 2 weeks vacation and flew the crew to the States! The task was daunting. Packing, traveling, arranging transportation for all of us (aka 4 kids 2 and under) was unnerving. BUT, we did it! We survived, and now two weeks later I think I can revisit the subject"
"Since becoming a family of three we have found new ways to enjoy ourselves. We no longer spend our nights exploring the local bar scene, but we now have a new travel tradition that we love: we always eat dinner together in the hallway of our hotel while our baby sleeps. We have ordered carry out and room service, but we still sit together where we can talk and enjoy each other’s company. Traveling has always been a way for us to connect and this is a new quirk that we both get a kick out of. It sounds silly, but it’s ours and we love it. We have adapted to this new normal. Life with a baby is different that life without one. Life with two babies will be even more different, but I know when this baby gets here we will settle in like all families do. Our life will go on and be twice as exciting as it is now."Read More
"Overall, the stress of the planning/booking/packing was totally worth it. Our trip was absolutely amazing. Jimmy always tells me that it was truly “the trip of a lifetime” because we were able to see so many things and get to so many places in 15 days. I would (and will) do it again in a heart beat.
"Would I do it again? Pack up my babies just one adult (myself) and two kiddos? In a heartbeat. We're in the business of making memories together, and the tough and difficult and challenging pieces to get to those memory moments are just as important. It was an adventure and we had a great time!"
Flights can be compared to running a marathon; there are water stations for a reason. Grab a sip of water, mentally regroup, and possibly walk instead of run for 100 feet. It is essential for runners to have small ways to recharge and continue on. Layovers are my travel day water stations.Read More
What to consider before booking a flight with kids
Where you sit on the airplane will make or break your trip. The best seat on the airplane is the First Class bulkhead, but most of us aren’t rich, so the second best is the coach bulkhead seat. If you can’t get either of these, try for the back row, aisle seat if you are alone. If you and another adult will be traveling with the kids then I suggest one of you booking the window seat, one book the aisle seat and hope no one takes the middle. The good news is if someone does take the middle seat, they will definitely be willing to switch seats with you so you guys can sit together. If you have multiple children traveling with you, the same concept applies, except that you will be purchasing a seat for the additional children.
Time of departure/arrival
When booking tickets for our trip, I think a lot about what time we leave and what time we will be arriving. If I can, I try to book departure for a time after our normal waking time and an arrival that gives us plenty of time before the normal bedtime. However, this is not always possible and if you are traveling internationally, you need to see our other post about dealing with jetlag and kids.
Infant in Arms
When you book a ticket for yourself and a baby, you do not have to get them their own seat. Children under 2 are allowed to fly as an “infant in arms” at no additional cost. (You do have to pay taxes on them for international flights) Airlines always recommend your child to have their own seat and that they be in a car seat or child restraint. Once you book your ticket, you can go in and add the “infant in arms” note on the airline website. If you can’t figure out, give them a call and they can add it for you. It must be on your ticket or your baby may not be able to get through TSA or board.
Don’t kid yourself.
I have booked so many plane tickets and logged hundreds of hours searching for the best deal. There is a time a place to save $20. Taking a 35-minute layover versus a 2 hour layover is not the time for that. You are not traveling alone, you do not have control over delays or distance between gates, and chances are, you are not an Olympic runner. (If you are…you still need to reconsider) I have fallen victim to this. I have sprinted from one end of the Minneapolis airport to the other and still missed a flight. Don’t be me. Spend the $20, get a reasonable layover, keep your sanity.
The baby bassinet (international flight)
Everyone with a small infant wants this on their International flight. For us, we had to call Delta to get the bulkhead seats, then we had to go to the gate agents early and remind them we wanted the bassinet. Once we got on the plane, we made sure we asked again. We ended up with the bassinet on both long legs and it was helpful to be able to lay her down when she slept. It gave us a good break. Every airline does this differently and the bassinet can be elusive, so be sure to take care of yourself and call the airline. A few days before your big flight, call them again and just be sure it’s all still good to go.
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