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We're not sure if Daisy went over the river and through the woods, but she did go to (great) grandmother's house on her way to the beach. Read on for her mom's best travel tips (you may need to do some vocal warmups!)...
The location where the photo was taken:
This photo was taken in Daisy's grandmother childhood bedroom. We spent the night at Daisy's great-grandmother Tay's house in Washington, NC before heading to Emerald Isle, NC for a beach vacation.
Your favorite baby or child-friendly activity there:
Favorite baby activity by far was the beach. Daisy loved her walks in the Bjorn each day. She would yell at the waves while waving her little arms and legs around. The beauty of traveling with a 7 month old baby, though, is that most activities are child-friendly. An empty room is a wonderland because it means she can practice crawling.
Your best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids:
My words of wisdom...be prepared to entertain. This was a four city, multi-state road trip for us and we seriously tested Daisy's car seat stamina. We had brought new toys and old favorites, puppets, and musical things. When Daisy inevitably got cranky an hour before our destination, the only thing that would calm her was me singing...singing every song I knew...from Itsy Bitsy Spider to Redemption Song (both Bob Marley & Joe Strummer versions) to Meet the Mets. I was hoarse by the trip's end, but she was blissfully quiet.
Your favorite way to make it feel like home:
Truly the best way to make every place feel like home is by bringing our dog, Julio, with us. Julio takes up too much room in the bed, tends to run into every cactus within a quarter mile, and barks uncontrollably during the inevitable beach fireworks, but he makes us feel at home no matter where we are.
An item you MUST take with you when traveling:
My absolute must-have travel item is my camera. I dropped my favorite camera in the ocean on this trip and I pine for it like I lost a friend. Luckily it was towards the end of the trip and the hundreds of photos from Daisy's first vacation survived. The one above in her great-grandmother's house is a cherished one.