Traveling with babies and toddlers can seem incredibly daunting, but luckily there are a lot of great products on the market today to make the journey go smoother. From safety to entertainment to sleep, there's a gadget for just about every aspect of your trip.
I'd like to shake the hand of whoever had the brilliant idea to have Junzo Terada design toys. Made by Djeco, these will look fantastic displayed on a shelf when not being pulled along by your kid. There's Neko the dog and Inou the cat. (If you're out of the States, you might be able to get your hands on the pullalong penguins.)
What to pack? It's hard enough sifting through our own clothes, books and toiletries, let alone someone else's. Here is a checklist to help you through that crazy adventure of packing a bag for a little one, that will help you avoid that dreaded "world's biggest baby suitcase".
What's more intimidating than a maiden voyage as a newly expanded family? Not much. What's the alternative? Stay home. While staycations have risen in popularity in recent years with many legit reasons (mostly economic) don't let the logistics of traveling with kids keep you home. Whether you travel by air, land, or water, you can count on an incredible time by anticipating challenges, planning well, and finding destinations and activities that suit your family.
There is no doubt about it: flying with kids is a challenge and a half. The key is to keep them occupied, as boredom will surely lead to grumpiness and (at worst) tantrums. Is TV the only option? No, it isn't: why not let that be your last resort? Here are five different toy options that are small, light and perfect to entertain the kids on board your next long-haul flight.
The bland room we inherited when we bought our home was in no way reminiscent of our little boy with his big personality. When he transitioned from his crib to his toddler bed, the bed wasn't the only thing that got an update. His room got an entire DIY overhaul with a bold and bright color scheme, some added activity stations and a few clever storage solutions.
I know we don't like to talk about it. But when I was in the early days of deciding whether or not I would take that leap off the edge of the world and start trying to get pregnant, there were only a few things that turned me off having kids. And at the top of this list was this: is my house going to smell like dirty diapers? How can I make sure it doesn't? Three years later, here's how we manage it.
Perhaps it snows for half of the year where you are. Maybe the thought of cleaning a pool, week in and week out, makes your skin crawl. Could be that you rent. Or you just can't afford one. There are so many reasons for not having a pool, but so few that really mean your kids (or you!) need to miss out on the fun of splashing around in the backyard all summer. Bring on the inflatable pools!