Strollers – Yes! Yes, and yes! The most common question I hear people debating is what stroller to use and when to check it. I know some people travel with the smallest, lightest, easiest umbrella stroller they can find. I’m not going to say this is a bad idea, it certainly does have some upsides; but it’s not the direction we have gone in. We started with a jogging stroller because we lived in the city and walked everywhere. We didn’t use a stroller for travel when she was very small. Once she got a little bigger though we needed something that could be easily put in and out of the car, (on the rare occasion we used the car), but mostly something that would be good for travel. We had thought an umbrella stroller would be the answer to this stroller quest but we moved away from that after doing some research. We went with a Baby Jogger City Mini; clearly bigger and heavier, but actually easier to fold then an umbrella stroller. It was the folding that sold us on it! The pluses that an umbrella stroller can’t give you are: a nearly flat recline, it’s basically a rolling bed, nap time can happen anywhere; and a massive canopy. It’s also a much more versatile stroller for uneven terrain or cobblestone and has a one handed push. Not to mention unlike an umbrella stroller it has a huge basket underneath for storage of everything. – In summary, I don’t recommend getting a new stroller for traveling if you already have a reasonable portable stroller. You should use what you are comfortable with. I just shared what worked for us so you know there are options other than the umbrella stroller.
Our little one had her first plane ride at 3 weeks old and has been flying pretty regularly since then. For the time being I’m going to skip “Flying with a Baby,” because honestly babies are pretty easy. Let me know if you have any questions about flying with babies though, I can always share what we did. Moving back to toddlers though ..
This post is not about the much larger topic of traveling with toddlers is just about the plane ride! I would say there are three main pieces to preparations when flying with a toddler.
Booking your Flight & Choosing your Seats
To Stroller or Stroller Not To Stroller
Packing a Carry-on to Perfection
This project like most of the projects I do came from things I had laying around the house. I had some extra tissue paper pom-poms from a different project that I didn’t have a plan for. And I had a toddler with idle hands – a match made in heaven!
I used pre-made pom-poms from Michaels, but you could make the pom-poms yourself at home with just folded tissue paper and florist wire.
· Tissue paper pom-poms (pre-made, homemade, big, small, any work)
· Markers (any colors you like, washable is recommended)
· Scotch tape
· Fishing line (or other string or ribbon to hang the pom-pom with)
After having such great success with our Valentine’s Day crafts I thought we would try some for Easter as well. I came up with 2 projects that were perfect for my 3 year old, and could probably be done with her for the next couple of years.
The first is pretty similar to our Valentine’s Day craft. We made little Easter egg pockets to fill with a chocolate Easter egg. I was pretty happy with how they came out, but we needed something new too. The second project was Easter egg garland. She loved this one too, and they were both very different tasks for her. For the Easter egg pockets she practiced her sewing, lacing up the sides of the pockets and for the garland she just got to have fun decorating with stickers. Stickers are always a winner in our house.
I’ve been underwater for about 2 weeks and am just now starting to resurface. So here’s what I’ve been working on; graphic design and more for a Gala Fundraiser and Auction.
Traveling with kids is wonderful and completely doable, but it’s a different experience than it would be traveling without them of course. When living in Morocco we found that our travel was actually a much richer experience because we were traveling with a small child. The biggest change we made to our travel was to slow down; this allowed us to enjoy the subtleties of the area and culture we were in which would have been missed at a fast pace, ‘don’t miss a thing’ itinerary.
You can paint in any area where you have the space- kitchen, office, dining room, outside. The key is to create a way that things can be set up easily, so that it doesn’t take all the fun out of it for you. And, to create a space that lets the toddler have freedom to make a mess so that you can relax and enjoy watching them play or even work on something else of your own (collocated of course).
As I have said before we lived overseas for the first two years of our little one’s life; and during this time we did a ridiculous amount of travel. Because of our strange lifestyle I did what can only be described as an unhealthy amount of research for each and every piece of baby gear we invested in. Including this one, the BOB Revolution Stroller.