Our first hotel stay was when Maddie was 7 months old. I was worried about sleep, solids, pumping, crawling around, and if anyone would have fun. We learned a few things during that stay that will make our lives easier in the future and hopefully yours too! Here are some of my top tips and a short packing list to make your next hotel stay easier and, maybe even enjoyable (?!) with a baby.
My four-year-old loves to fly and wants to be a pilot when she grows up. Her eyes light up whenever we talk about traveling and she is always asking when we will be getting on a plane again. But it wasn’t always this way. Here are my favorite practical tips and strategies for easier air travel with babies and toddlers…
We have family in two states and from the dawn of our marriage we have made the eight-hour trek to visit for holidays, weddings, and graduations multiple times a year. When these trips were just two grown adults, the ride was at times boring and tedious but also involved listening to podcasts, adult music, uninterrupted conversations and sometimes silence. Then, almost eight years ago, we added our first little travel buddy to our road trip mix and she truly changed the game. Two years later we added her sister and then not long after their brother. Now we conquer our eight-hour road trip regularly with three kids. While it seems as though our adventures are getting more pleasant with each passing year, we have done these trips through phases from nursing newborns, to potty training toddlers, to squabbling preschoolers, and those years were not for the faint of heart. I would love to share some of my personal, hard-earned wisdom with you if you too are looking towards road-tripping with your little family anytime soon!
As a married couple with VERY different spending habits, my spouse and I have had to learn over the years how to walk that metaphorical fine line between “It’s vacation! Let’s splurge!” and “We can’t spend a fortune on this one trip!” While there are a variety of ways to save money on family vacations, we’ve found that changes to the way we eat and feed our family while traveling can be a major money saver.
While I haven’t found the golden ticket to a perfect career, I have been able to create a steady flow of freelance work for the last five-ish years. My work allows me to contribute to our household income and stay at home with our twins and I am grateful for the flexibility my writing career allows. I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far.
After a particularly hard day of parenting, and a few tears shed in front of my husband, he reminded me that no parent of young kids has ever done this before. The guilt that I feel is not necessary. I am doing the best that I can, and this is all my daughter knows. She doesn’t know what life was like before this time, so there’s no reason to compare. For every hard moment, the past two years have been equally filled with good times and special memories that wouldn’t have been made otherwise.