Names/Ages: Lily (8 months)
Vacation Location: Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Favorite Baby or Child Friendly Activity There: Green Animals Topiary Garden. It's a small county estate that boast over 80 pieces of topiaries, including elephants, giraffes, teddy bears, and much more. Wandering among the fragrant flowers and serpentine rows of bushes, we felt a bit like Alice lost in Wonderland. I half-expected to see a white rabbit scurry across the lawn! Families are encouraged to picnic on the lawn overlooking Narragansett Bay. And older children might appreciate touring the second floor of the mansion, which houses a large toy solider and doll collection.
Best Tip for Traveling with Kids: I fill used baby food jars with pre-measured amounts of dry oatmeal. When it is time to eat, I just add water. This way, I don't have to worry about leftovers or refrigeration.
Also, instead of packing a sippy cup, I bring a Ziplock baggie of straws (which I've cut down to size). This way she can drink from any glass or bottle of water.
As much as possible, we try plan our outings around her nap schedule. Since she usually falls asleep during car rides, we try to time our drives during her naps, so that she is not sleeping too much during the day (and then not sleeping at night).
Favorite Way to Make it Feel Like Home: I bring along something from her crib, such as a toy or blanket, so that she has something familiar during bedtime.
An Item you MUST Take With You While Traveling: A baby carrier! My husband uses the Bjorn, while I love my Ergo carrier. It gives us the freedom to stray off the beaten path and see more things!
I also love my Bebe au Lait nursing cover. It's especially handy during the take-off/landing portions of flights, during which I nurse continually to help alleviate any ear pressure discomfort.
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