It's been awhile since I've managed to participate in a Mommy Monday post over on Erin's blog, but this subject is fresh for us since we just got home from our first big trip with 3 kids. I can say this, traveling with 2 was MUCH easier than traveling with 3. Ok, so it's probably that one of the 3 is a baby, because Ty is easy. At 11, he's a huge help and has the ability to carry stuff, which is priceless. A couple of things I found useful.....
1. I bought this travel bed from Target. It was cheaper than a lot of others ones I'd seen and was perfect since it folds up flat and I could stuff it in a suitcase. Plus we didn't have to cart our pack-n-play to the airport and check it as baggage. It was perfect for Teagan to sleep in and you can use an extra pillowcase as a sheet over the little mattress if you need to.
2. We opted to also not cart our big old double stroller with us. Its perfect for use at home, but honestly, it wasn't cheap and I didn't want the airline to bang it all up. Instead, we wore Teagan when we were out and about. We wear him a lot anyway, its his favorite spot, so it works for us.
I've gotten a lot of emails and questions about our sling since I posted this shot of Jason wearing our little guy. I seriously am in love with it and use it every single day. It's a Slingezee. If you are wearing it correctly, you can't even tell you're wearing the baby. I find it that comfortable. I have had several slings and this one is by far my favorite. I can wear Teagan so many ways in it. He naps in the cradle position, he can face out which he loves and I even nurse him in it. Then when he's bigger, he can sit on my hip. Jason and I both love it. I saw a local mom wearing one at a group playdate and asked her where she got it. It comes with a dvd that explains how to wear it correctly, which we found really helpful. It's not nearly as hot to wear as the other slings we have and Teagan rarely sweats in it.
We did end up buying a cheap-o umbrella stroller when we arrived at the beach because I just couldn't face wearing Teagan at the water park. It was under $15 and worth every penny even though we only used it a few times.
4. Feeding little one while traveling is tricky and we always have snacks with us. Nursing on the road is tough, so this time I opted to shove my boppy into a suitcase. I love that thing. Teagan doesn't get a lot of bottles, but I was sooooo glad I had one with me for our flight home. He decided he was starving the instant we were called to board the plane. Granted, I've cooked T a grilled cheese while nursing before, but boarding a plane with all our stuff while nursing that would have been a neat trick. For now on, I'll make sure I pump enough to travel with at least one bottle.
For the older kids, we let them pick snacks and they carry them themselves in their carry on bag. Hey, less for me to carry right?!
1. This is tough for us, we've always traveled a lot by car and have enjoyed it. Seems like before Taryn came along, Jase, Ty and I were constantly going somewhere on a road trip. But, Teagan HATES the car. Can't stand it. It makes even the shortest drive so stressful. Red lights seem to take for.ev.er. Interstate driving isn't any better. He literally screamed the entire way from Slidell to Orange Beach, 2.5 hours. Its frazzling. I bought him one of those activity things that hangs on the headrest, but it doesn't really help. Anyone have any good advice???
2. Taryn loves books in the car. And toy catalogs. We have tried to be a dvd family several times but T always messes with it and we end up taking it out....sigh. Ty is always happy with a book, even on short rides to the grocery store.
3. This portable potty is a life saver. It just saved us with Taryn on Saturday during a trip to San Marcos to see Jason's parents. When you gotta go, you gotta go. I just set it up in the back of my explorer with the gate closed and half window open so she has some privacy. I also carry these Green and Clean Potty Covers with us everywhere. Perfect for a germ-o-phobe like me!
4. I'm a big believer in first aid kits, so there is always one with me, in the car, diaper bag, purse, you name it. My family says I'm addicted to them, but I like to think of it as being prepared. Oh, and ziplock bags and garbage bags, they always come in handy. I also love my neat sheet. Oh, and sunscreen, I try to have it with me, since my kids are fair skinned and my hubby is bald =)
That's all I can think of for now.