Travel Tips for a Wonderful Road Trip With Your Babies

Travel Tips for a Wonderful Road Trip With Your Babies

Just because you have a little one (or little ones) does not mean you have to say no to your adventurer heart. Traveling doesn't have to be a pain with babies and toddlers. Hopefully these tips are helpful on your next family vacation!

I would offer one stipulation, wait till your baby is about 3 months old before going on any major trips. They will be less likely to catch sickness when they are a bit older and they will be more set into a schedule which makes everyone's life easier. 

Babies 3-12 months tend to be easier to travel with (believe it or not) than toddlers. Once your little one is mobile they have obviously become busier and more independent so the entertainment factor is more important when traveling with a toddler. 

I am going to offer some traveling tips for traveling in the car for long periods of time with little ones as well a some must haves you want to be sure make it in your suitcase! 

  • First, make sure you have a first aid kit catered to your little one. With medications your baby uses like tylenol, motrin, or benadryl. Make sure you have contacted your Dr and know the appropriate dosage of each of the medications to give your child. Also, keep your Drs numbers in case you need to contact them while you're gone. You never know when your baby will start teething, have an allergic reaction or, if your babies are like mine, get an ear infection, or simply just get sick. (Fingers crossed that is not while you are on vacation!) 
  • For being so little, babies and toddlers sure need a lot of stuff! Take travel size baby shampoo, bath soap, lotion and toothpaste. They shouldn't need to use more than a travel size while you're gone.
  • If you will be in the sun on your vacation, which is very likely (hopefully), make sure to take sun protection for your babes: sunscreen, sunglasses and wide brimmed hats. A sunburned baby won't add much fun to your vacation. 
  • If you are changing altitude your baby's ears may experience pressure change. Sucking and chewing help relieve and prevent that pressure build up in their ears. We are all about infant ear protection here at HUSH Baby so take pacifiers and bottles for your babies to use and things such as suckers, sippy cups or soft snacks for your toddlers. 
  • A travel tip I loved when my baby was bottle feeding was filling a metal thermos with warm water before I left so I could make warm bottles on the go. I think it's brilliant. 
  • Make sure you have your diaper and wet wipes handy. You're never sure when you'll need to make a quick stop. Also, wipes double as the best go to clean up device. 
  • Make sure not to bundle up your baby too much in their carseat while driving. For one, they are safer when the straps are fastened to their body rather than to their coat or blanket. Second, babies heat up real quick. Keep a blanket handy in case they get cold. It is easier to put a blanket on than to unbuckle and take clothing off. 
  • Make sure you have entertainment. Music your kids like, DVDs, books and hand-held toys. Your singing also helps calm down agitated babies. 
  • If possible, plan to leave at a time your baby will be sleeping. Leave early in the morning, around nap time or into the evening. That way your little one will hopefully sleep a majority of your drive. 
  • Plan for travel time to take longer than you think. With little ones you need to make more frequent stops for feedings, changings or to give that busy toddler a break.
  • Do you want to know what else will help them sleep a majority of the drive? HUSH baby beanies. They block out the noise of others in the car and noises you can't control outside of the car. Then the only thing you'll need to worry about is, "how long should I nap?" 

Hopefully these travel tips will make your next adventure smoother and more enjoyable for your little ones. Safe travels on your next trip from us here at HUSH Baby! Where is your next vacation going to be?

Mom Tip Tuesday

Mom Tip Tuesday

If you have been following along with us for awhile on Instagram, you will know about Mom Tip Tuesday. Every Tuesday, we share one of our favorite Mom Tips. From ways to stay organized to your kiddos toys to how to help a baby that fights sleep.

Where are your favorite places to find mom tips? I think the obvious best place is Pinterest. Here are a few of our favorite articles we have found lately on Pinterest-  

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We want to hear about your favorite mom tips! On March 28, we will post a Mom Tip Tuesday. On that day, comment on our post and tell us what your latest fav mom tip is. Can't wait to hear all the things you guys have to say! 

DIY St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt

DIY St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt

If any of you mommas are like me you look forward to every single holiday and get as excited as your kids! I'll take any excuse to celebrate. 

I love making holidays memorable and exciting to give me and my family something to look forward to. Making holidays memorable doesn't have to be expensive or overwhelming, who has time for extra stress? Not me!

With St. Patrick's Day being tomorrow I wanted to share a fun idea that would be easy to throw together for your little ones to make the day a little bit more special! 

A leprechaun snuck into your house in the middle of the night (or while your kids are at preschool or school) and set up a SCAVENGER HUNT that leads to a pot of treasure! Here are some steps to create your own scavenger hunt:

1. So while your babies are sleeping in their HUSH baby sleep hat with the infant hearing protection to block the noises of you setting up the surprise, set up a trail of gold coins (plastic or chocolate) mixed with shamrocks cut from paper, too easy. This trail can lead wherever your creative mommy heart desires and think would be fun. That could be behind the couch, under the coffee table, on the kitchen table, in the bathtub, the possibilities are endless. 

Lets just take a second to imagine our littles with their big bright morning eyes, filled with excitement as they follow this mysterious trail that appeared over night! So worth it. 

2. At the end of the trail will be a pot of gold! What should this pot be? It could be anything green or anything you have around your house that would work, a basket, a green beach bucket, a leprechaun hat etc. 

3. What do we fill our pot of gold with? Grab anything gold, green or rainbow from the dollar store, craft store or the seasonal aisle of the grocery store. Some ideas I have are: 

Lucky Charms cereal

Rolos candy (as little gold nuggets, how cute!)

Again with the chocolate coins (sneak some for you too)

Shamrock necklaces or headbands, leprechaun hats

Any green candy

And DON'T FORGET a HUSH baby hat! We have so many cute options to choose from. 

4. Add any changes to make the St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt your own. 

5. Once you hear those sweet baby noises, it's time! Get excited and be surprised to get them excited! Follow them to figure out where this magical trail leads. Take some pictures so you can look back at how awesome you are! Enjoy the joy at the end when they find the surprise. Have this be a great start to an even better day! 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY from us at HUSH! We wanted to celebrate by giving you guys a 25% off discount code. Use POTOGOLD at checkout! Woot woot!