3-year old The Giant's Causeway is great for toddlers!

3 Reasons to Travel Europe with a 3-Year Old

Are you looking forward to taking a vacation… when your kids get older?  Drop that idea and take off now.  Kids and parents benefit from toddler travel! Sometimes, parents will put off international travel because they are “waiting for the kids to get older”.  While it’s great to travel with kids when they are older, there’s a lot of fun to be had if you start kids out traveling when they are young.  My 3-year old and… More

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Is there a Best Child Car Seat for Travel?

Recently, a friend of mine wrote me to ask what the best child car seat for travel is and what I use when I’m traveling with my toddler.  She and her husband are new parents about to take their baby on vacation and were simply looking for advice.  Well, here’s the sum of my answer to her. When traveling with children, picking out the best child car seat for travel is one of the many safety aspects… More

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Summer in Europe 2014: my toddler and me

And it will go on and on… this is the first of many yet to be written blogs about summer in Europe with my toddler! After a lifetime of dreaming and many past adventures of preparation, it is finally time.  After months of planning for a summer abroad with my toddler, our Euro2014, summer in Europe has finally begun!  My wonderful and understanding fiancé drove our 3-year old boy and me to SFO last week and we… More

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Tips on Getting a Baby’s Passport

Until recently, I didn’t realize that getting a baby passport could be such a stressful process.  My toddler had his passport application in at 2-months old and we received it soon after (getting his ss# was much harder).   It seems this isn’t always the case, however.  A friend recently recounted the 2-week long ordeal her family went through to secure her newborn’s passport.  Because of her story, I did some research and realized getting a baby passport… More

books that help prepare toddlers for airline travel

Books That Help Prepare Toddlers for Airplane Travel

MyCuriousPlanet When you’re getting ready for a family vacation or holiday trip that requires some airplane travel, it may be a good idea to prepare your toddler with a few books about airports and vacation planning.  Books like these are usually inexpensive and can go a long way towards reducing stress and anxiety for kids in a new situation.  In fact, there are many great books that help prepare toddlers for airplane travel on Amazon for less… More

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Parenting Pet Peeves: toddler body words penis vs boy parts

Do you have any parenting pet peeves?  Do you try to shake them or embrace them?. What is your take on teaching toddlers body part words? There are so many different opinions… and I think I may be on the ‘other’ side of the fence.  It’s one of my parenting pet peeves that I can’t seem to shake. In general, I try to nurture a ‘live and let live’ kind of lifestyle.  It’s been a challenge for… More

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Quick’n'Easy Nursing on an Airplane

When I was a new mother, one of my most anxiety driven moments was the first time I had to nurse in public.  It was a beautiful afternoon so I’d decided to walk to a local bookstore with my baby, right after we’d finished nursing.  I figured that gave me at least two hours but of course after only a few minutes in the store he decided he was hungry again and started crying inconsolably.  I was… More

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Family Summer Camps Help Train Kids for Travel

Even when you have the best intentions for epic travel with your kids, the reality of family life can interfere.  Kids can be too squirrelly, parents are often tired and there’s not much energy left over for a deluxe vacation.  Sure, it’d be nice to take your kids on international trips but many parents are hesitant because their kids are not yet conditioned for traveling.  If your child is glued to their at home routines, stress and… More

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The Safest Car Seat Position and LATCH Advice 2014

Summer vacation is just around the corner. Soon, the kiddies will be out of school, beautiful weather will smile down on us, and your family may be tempted to take some road trips. Traveling with kids is great fun but before you all hop in the car, let’s revisit the basics for the safest car seat position and some new LATCH rules for 2014. As some of you may already know, car seat rules changed in 2014!… More

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Rockstar Tips for Flying with Infants (part 2)

There are so many tricks and tips to flying with infants that makes the experience so much less stressful.   This week, I’ll continue where we left off on Rockstar Tips for Flying with Infants (part 1).  Let’s just go into some of the things you should know that may help to prepare for flying with infants. With a lil planning, you’ll be in for a pleasant trip! How to Buy - When flying with infants, try to… More