Tips for Traveling with Your Baby

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There are some parents who completely avoid traveling with a baby. When our kids were tiny, we tried to stick to places close by and that we’d been to before. We’re just now starting to venture out with the kids and travel further to new places. Because traveling with a baby is hard! Especially traveling by plane. These days, it seems like most people aren’t sensitive to babies on planes and tend to judge the parents when they can’t calm their crying baby. And changing a diaper in that tiny bathroom on the plane is quite a feat! But with some preparation, you can still have a successful trip. Here are some tips for traveling with your baby.

Book a Night Time Flight

If your baby is in a good routine, a day time flight could be full of mishaps. So although it means the adults might end up exhausted, booking a night time flight is more likely to mean your baby will be sleepy, and with any luck (fingers crossed), they will sleep through the majority of the flight. Have your baby’s comforts, like favorite blankets and toys, ready at hand, and call the hotel ahead of time to make sure your crib is already set up.

Make it Like Home

At your first opportunity, unpack your suitcases so you have everything you would normally have around you at home. Your baby is more likely to settle in quickly if you can make your room as cozy and baby friendly as possible. It’s also helpful to have have a designated changing space made up in the room. Keep the diapers in one place so you don’t always have to search for them every time you need one.

Stock Up on Meds

It’s hard to keep a baby that feels unwell calm. Being prepared for any illnesses or injuries is key. You never know when baby will fall and skin a knee, start cutting a tooth, or get bitten by mosquitoes. You can usually get what you need from a local pharmacy, but being prepared ahead of time will save you the hours of fussing if something unexpected does happen. Travel insurance is also a great idea. Take a look at whether Expedia travel insurance is right for you. The last thing you’ll need is a hefty bill for a hospital visit.

Nap on the Run

It isn’t easy for babies to sleep in strange cribs in the middle of the day, but they also need a good nap so they’re not cranky throughout the trip. The adults and older kids will also want to be out and about, sight-seeing or sunbathing. So, making your stroller the designated nap area is the best idea. Babies are more likely to fall asleep when they’re comfortable and the family is out on a long walk. Take everything you need to make the stroller as enticing to baby as possible, and make sure baby is shaded when napping.

 

As long as baby is happy, the rest of the family will be able to enjoy a blissful trip!

What other tips do you have for traveling with a baby?

 

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Exploring Helen, Georgia with Kids

I’ve been visiting Helen, Georgia, a replica Bavarian Alps town in North Georgia, for longer than I can remember. My parent’s have a timeshare at a beautiful resort right on the river, and we’ve spent so many weeks relaxing and exploring the small town.

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Now that I have my own kiddos, it’s been so fun going back and doing all the things I grew up doing. Some of them are just as wonderful and fun as I remember, and some seem a little strange now that I’m older. (Like watching the birth of a baby doll out of a cabbage…)

But if you live in the South East, you may want to put Helen, Georgia on your travel bucket list. The town is cozy and quaint, and you can find some great eats and some amazing outdoor views and adventures!

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Tips for Visiting the Sunflower Farm

On Monday, I took the kiddos up to a sunflower farm about an hour outside of Atlanta. I had been to a sunflower farm before, but I was dying to get some beautiful pictures with the yellow flowers, the blue sky, and my cute kids. And our trip was a huge success! The weather was perfect, and the sunflowers were gorgeous.

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So if you plan on adding a trip to your bucket list, check out my tips for visiting the sunflower farm.

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Exploring the Etowah Indian Mounds

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Last Friday, my friend and I took our kiddos on a field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, Georgia. If you live around Atlanta or North Georgia, it’s definitely worth taking a day trip up there to explore. We learned a lot, and the scenery was gorgeous!

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The Etowah Indian Mounds historic site was “home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D. This 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.” (http://www.gastateparks.org/etowahmounds).

We spent a lot of time climbing up and exploring the mounds that were used as platforms for the village chiefs and priests, and burial grounds for nobility. We also took a tour through the small museum filled with artifacts that were excavated around the area.

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5 Tips for Climbing Stone Mountain

If you’ve been to Atlanta, chances are you’ve heard of Stone Mountain, one of the largest exposed masses of granite in the world. (Fun fact – I worked at Stone Mountain Park for years!) We still live pretty close and visit often to enjoy the attractions and climb the mountain.

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Stone Mountain’s walk-up trail is located near the west entrance to the park and is a 1-mile trek up to the top of the mountain. The trail is open from dawn until dusk, and if you decide to climb up, you’ll get to experience some amazing views of the surrounding scenery and (on clear days) views of the Atlanta skyline.

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Here are 5 tips for climbing Stone Mountain:

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