We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest (and youngest) family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share.
Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining (above). One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. We each edited the toy collection we might normally have hauled with us and chose a few favorites. This saved a ton of room and it was like Christmas morning for our kids to have new toys to play with.
One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. A few days into the trip someone smartly made a "baby zone" in the fridge (which was otherwise a free-for-all for all the house guests) to ensure the foods we were relying on for the young ones didn't get eaten by a hungry adult.
Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?
(photo by Carrie McBride)