Happy first week of September! I hope many of you had some nice holiday weekend travels last weekend for Labor Day. For once, we stayed home for the long weekend. Our family is settling into a school routine with our little kindergartener. We are, of course, planning our next big fall trip as well. If you need a little travel inspiration to help you do the same, here are my usual Friday recommendations of great family travel blog posts and other articles I’ve spotted this week.
- Ten Tips for Traveling with Toddlers and Not Having a (Grownup) Meltdown: Jessica of Suitcases & Sippy Cups offers some thoughtful perspective and helpful hints for traveling with toddlers. This post could not be any for timely for me, as I’m weeks away from having a toddler on my hands again. Our son turns 1 later this month and is showing all signs of walking very soon.
- What’s the Right Age for Disney?: Fellow TravelingMom.com writer Sarah of Solo Mom Takes Flight takes the position that families should consider Disney trips earlier than the conventional wisdom might suggest. As someone who took my first child to Disneyland when she was 22 months old (and who is going to take baby #2 when he is 14 months old this fall!), I definitely agree with her position. Seeing the Disney magic in the eyes of toddlers and preschoolers is pretty special.
- Today’s Hint: The Seats to Book When You’re Flying With a Lap Baby: Jennifer at Hint Mama offers up a great hint for improving your chances of snagging an empty seat for your lap child without actually buying a seat. I have personally preferred to book a seat for longer flights once my little ones were crawling (about 9/10 months and up), but it sure is nice to luck into an empty seat when I haven’t done so. With airplanes fuller than ever, you certainly can’t count on an empty seat, but you can increase your chances on flights that don’t go out full with this tip.
- Child Travel and Sedation: To Medicate or Not to Medicate: Jetlag & Juice Boxes explores one of the biggest debates of child travel – whether to sedate your child for travel. I’m firmly in the no sedation camp. As long as parents are prepared with food and entertainment and are prepared to work hard on a flight to supervise and control their little ones, there is no need for Benadryl. I think my pediatrician would agree.
- Booking Airline Tickets for a Baby: What You Should Know: Down the Wrabbit Hole just went through the arduous process of booking her first international trip for her with a new baby. This post offers some great commentary on all the traps for the unwary that exist for flying parents these days. She’s clearly done her homework!
Note: Every Friday, I share the best-of-the-best family travel news stories and blog posts that have been published during that week. Featured posts are usually consistent with the theme of my blog – the logistics of travel with young kids. If you have a post that you think would be a good fit, please email me or tweet me!