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Traveling with young children is nothing like picking up and going in the past. Preplanning, flexible scheduling and a good attitude are what you need. Below are some tips on how to get where you're going:

Road Trip

   -   Protecting your child from potential hazards on the road is the most important plan. Be sure to have an approved car-seat installed correctly.
   -   Be sure to have all doors and windows locked. A partially open window is fine, but pay attention to fully open windows.
   -   Place the child safety seat in the center of the rear seats. Away from side impact air bags.
   -   To make traveling more friendly to your little passenger, plan to have you or your partner sit in the back with the child during his awake hours.
   -   Be flexible to stop as needed for potty breaks, diaper changes, food, and to stretch legs. A 4 hour trip may take longer, but an unhappy child can make it seem like an eternity!
   -   Bring lots of snacks, bottles, an extra blankie, favorite toys, and maybe even some kids audio CD’s or a portable DVD player. My sons loved the read along stories and cassettes in the car.

Flying the Friendly Skys

   -   Protection from possible injury is the most important plan. Bring your child’s car seat for plane rides. Many airlines will allow the free seat if the plane is not full. If the plane is fully booked, purchase a ticket for your young rider. Air turbulence is among the many reasons for a baby or small child to be strapped into a car seat. As in a car, they can become flying objects.
   -   Pack plenty of food, drinks and snacks. Most airlines do not provide meals even to ticketed passengers.
   -   Pack extra bottles. Pressure in the ears on take off and landing can be lessened by constant swallowing. Have your baby suck a bottle during these times. Gum is a good alternative for the older child.
   -   Bring some activities to do with your child on the plane. Coloring, puzzles, and books are great time passers. Some surprise items are great. Travel games are convenient and fun.
   -   If you are traveling with a stroller, bring it right to the gate with you. Most airlines will check a stroller as you enter the plane and return it to you upon arrival. Be sure to lable your stroller with your name, address and telephone number to avoid loss. No more carrying bags and baby!

Robyn’s Nest welcomes your travel tips and tricks. Please e-mail us at robyn@robynsnest.com



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