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Travel Gear For Your Baby Registry: Top 10 Essentials

Expecting your first little one?  If so, the sheer quantity and variety of baby gear on the market these days is probably overwhelming you as you attempt to register for baby gifts.  And, if you plan to travel with your baby, figuring out which gear will work best for road trips and airplanes is even …

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What to Consider Before Flying with a Lap Child

  Parents are pretty deeply divided on the philosophical and practical question of taking a lap child on an airplane. Whether to buy a seat for the youngest travelers in the family is a tough decision. FAA rules, and the airlines, do not require that infants and toddlers under the age of 2 be in …

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American’s New Early Boarding: Might This Change Pre-Boarding Strategies for Families?

American Airlines just recently announced that it will allow passengers who do not have any luggage to stow in the overhead bins to board early, after elites but before Group 2.  Presumably, this move is intended to reward those who travel light (or pay to check bags) and speed up the boarding process by getting …

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5 Tips for Organizing the Perfect Family Reunion

One of the major reasons I travel with my daughter is to visit family.  With my parents in Alabama, my sister and other relatives in North Carolina, and my husband’s extended family in Connecticut, we cross the country often so that my daughter can have real relationships with these large but close-knit groups of people. …

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Pre-Boarding Kids: Which Airlines Still Offer It?

Several of my friends have recently attempted their first trips traveling with babies and small children, and the refrain that I most often hear after these trips is the following: “Did you know that Airline X doesn’t pre-board children any more?”  Unfortunately, I did know that!  But it appears that the message is not filtering …

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