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8 Truths of Traveling with an 8 Month Old

We are still unpacking from our recent trip to the Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive property in Mexico, and while it was an excellent trip overall (and I can’t wait to share more details about the property in the coming days), I first want to share eight truths of travel with an eight month old as I think it will help put context into any and all details that come next.   We had both our 6 year old and 8 month…

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The Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller Review

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Most parents who travel (or even just live) with babies and young children are desperate for any gear or gadget that can truly make their lives easier and their babies safer. There’s a ton of baby gear out there that isn’t really a game changer, but then there is the Doona Infant Car Seat. The Doona Infant Car Seat is truly a game changer for traveling families, and also those families who primarily travel around their own communities. The Doona is an infant…

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What If You Carried a Baby for Hundreds of Miles…

As the mom of a young baby I’ll admit that my mind battles a bit against thinking through “worst case scenarios” for her. I have to push those sometimes terrifying images of dangerous things that can happen out of my mind, while at the same time learning from those thoughts if they are in some way warning me of potential hazards for her. When I hear of a ferry sinking somewhere in the world I think about what it would…

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How Travel Changes When a Kid Joins the Family

A question I get very frequently centers around how travel changes when a baby joins the family.  The answer is more complicated than it seems because that baby then grows into a toddler, kid, etc. so travel changes not only with the baby, but really for the next 18 years…or longer.  The good news is that many of the changes are actually for the better in many ways.  I’ve written a very similar post before, but I wanted to update…

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When Airlines Damage Car Seats

Recently I read a story on Flyertalk that I have heard many times before.  The premise is that a family checks a car seat with an airline so that they have it to use for their little one when they land, only to find that it is broken or damaged when they pick it up from baggage claim.  The next part that can be a surprise is that the airlines usually have some clause written somewhere that they aren’t responsible…

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Do You a Use Car Seat for Your Baby in Cabs When Traveling?

One common question that many new traveling parents have to think through is whether or not to bring a car seat for their baby to use in cabs on their travels.  Last night a fellow BoardingArea blogger, and new mommy of a cute son, Angelina from Just Another Points Traveler, asked me that very question on Twitter, and it reminded me that I haven’t really talked about that issue very much here recently. For infants and the baby crowd, my…

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Good Britax Car Seat Sale at Amazon.com – “Free” $50 Gift Amazon Card!

Update: Looks like the $50 Amazon gift card sale on Britax car seats has ended – congrats on those who were able to place an order in time! I hope you all had a relaxing Memorial Day!  We had a wonderful weekend at home and on the lake with friends, which can be a great change of pace from travel from time to time.  And who says you can’t surf in the middle of Texas?! One of the many things…

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Borrow a Stroller in the Airport

Getting through large airports efficiently with a baby or toddler can be an interesting part of travel, especially if you do not have a stroller with you.  I personally used an Ergo carrier with my daughter when she was younger most of the time when we traveled, but there were certain trips when a stroller was the most efficient (and least painful) way to get through the airport.  However, you likely aren’t always bringing the stroller on trips, and even…

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CARES FAA Approved Harness is Currently Available via Amazon Lighting Deal

The CARES FAA Approved Harness can be super handy when you want your toddler or pre-school aged child to be secure in their airplane seat, but don’t want to bring a car seat on-board the plane.  I have written about it a few times before, and think that it can be very useful for some traveling families.  A reader (thanks Mike!) alerted me that the CARES Harness is currently a “Lightning Deal” on Amazon for the next hour or so. …

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Good Headphones for Kids + Headphones Giveaway

Giveaway has ended, but we still love and use these headphones! In addition to questions about miles and points, I frequently get asked which headphones I use for my daughter when we travel.  I am spoiled and love Bose headphones for myself, but spending that kind of money on kid headphones would be truly crazy.  For a couple of years she had a pair we bought at Target that they no longer seem to make, but recently I couldn’t find…

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