Traveling with Baby

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Traveling when you have kids can be tricky, but traveling with a baby is even trickier! A road trip of only a couple hours can easily turn into double that when you consider diaper changes, feedings, etc.

Thankfully, over the years I have gotten better at traveling with baby. The most recent trip we took with my youngest was almost a breeze compared to years before. Make it easier on yourself and check out my traveling with baby tips for ways to keep your sanity and enjoy your trip!

Traveling with Baby

Don’t rush. One of the worst things you can do for your travel plans and for baby is to rush. You need to be able to pace yourself and consider the drive there just as exciting as reaching the destination. You want to be able to pull off at a rest area or stop for a snack if the mood calls for it. Remember that traveling with a baby calls for more travel time. 

Come prepared. You know your baby’s routine better than anyone. Do your best to bring familiar items, such as a blanket, stuffy, etc. The necessities are a must, such as diapers, wipes, change of clothes and so forth. Also, if baby is eating solids, make sure you have a food bag ready for his/her snack time/feeding. Keep these within easy reach and at the ready.

Provide a comfortable environment. When traveling, baby can quickly feel out of his/her comfort zone. Do your best to make sure the environment is calm, which means don’t crank the radio. Make sure baby has a familiar toy on hand as well as play soothing music if that is something he/she responds to. Also, it doesn’t hurt to sing lullabies on the drive there.

Change diapers. It can be very easy to forget to check for soiled diapers when the baby is in a car seat. It is a good idea to stop every couple of hours to check. There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting in a car seat with a messy diaper. Plus, it is a meltdown just waiting to happen.

Get out of the car. If you are traveling a fairly long distance, you are going to want to make periodic stops to stretch your legs and give baby some time away from the car seat. This could mean a walk around the rest area or a shopping trip.  

Focus on family-friendly locations. When booking hotels, choosing activities, etc. you want to remember baby. A family-friendly establishment allows you to enjoy your trip as well as recognize baby’s needs.Traveling with Baby Base

One traveling with baby must-have product is the Baby Base 2-in-1 from Ingenuity. It is perfect to bring along so that baby can set up in the hotel room, on the living room floor while visiting family, etc. For older babies, it attaches safely to a dining room chair for use as a booster seat! There is a tray and a 3-point safety harness to make it even better. The tray even stores beneath the seat, making it travel ready!

Traveling with baby shouldn’t be a headache. Enjoy the trip, follow my tips and be ready for some baby-time adventure!

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Planning a Picnic

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Summer time has always been filled with hot weather, water parks and endless adventures. This is especially true for those with children. A child looks at summer like the ultimate time of year to play all day and stay up late at night! Plus, no school!

Summer also means picnic season! Planning a picnic is not only fun, but also a great way for families to share the summer time together. Check out my tips on planning a picnic and get ready for some serious picnic-tastic times!

Planning a Picnic

Check the weather. No matter what you have planned, you never know what Mother Nature is planning. Check your local weather forecast an hour or two before your picnic to make sure the weather is accommodating. If not, you can also plan your picnic under cover or even in a tent!

Choose the appropriate location. Whether you are surprising the kids with a picnic in the backyard or an outing to a local water park, make sure your picnic location suits your needs. Do you need shade? Are their public bathrooms available? These are all things to consider when deciding on a location.

Determine your menu. There is something to be said for picnic-perfect eats. Sandwiches, wraps and right out of the package-ready foods are ideal. You want no-mess if possible.  

Planning a Picnic

Pack supplies. Coming prepared is a must. There are must-have staples such as a blanket to sit on, utensils if necessary and a trash bag for cleanup. Making sure the food and drinks make it safely to the picnic location is also top priority!

With kids, I love to pack our picnic using Stuck on You Lunchboxes. They are the perfect size and easy to carry! Did I also mention they come with different colour and design options? You can personalize the lunchboxes to fit your child’s personal style. My daughter has the Penny Scallan Embroidered Lunchbox, which is ridiculously cute!

The Stuck on You Kids Drink Bottles also fit perfectly in the lunchboxes and are spill-proof. Plus, I use the personalized labels to make sure they have their names on their supplies.

Make sure to check out Stuck on You on Facebook as well as on Twitter!

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Summer Hair Survival Kit Giveaway #PGMom

My 3 Little Kittens is a P&GMom. As part of my affiliation, I receive products & special access to P&G Events & opportunities. However, all opinions/thoughts are honest and my own. For more information about sponsored posts, please visit My 3 Little Kittens’ Disclosure Policy.

Summertime means heat. It also means shorts and tank tops, which is the perfect reason to keep body hair in check!   

With that in mind, I do my best to be prepared for venturing out of the house. Thankfully, I have some fabulous products to help me along the way.

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If that wasn’t awesome enough, I just fell in love with the Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace. It is a mini razor that you can carry in your purse, luggage, etc. I was blown away by how compact and small it is. I can’t even tell you how many times I have run out of the house and missed a spot when shaving. Plus, the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze cartridges have scented shaving gel bars. It is like a mini spa in your purse!Venus - Snap - Compact in Case

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How to Survive Road Trips with Kids

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There is nothing quite as family-oriented and traditional as road trips with kids! After all, what better way to remind us why we love our family than sitting in a car for hours together. With the summer weather to enjoy and adventure on the horizon, it can’t be avoided.

I can remember road trips as a child and honestly, they weren’t too bad. I think what stood out most was the fact my mom always came prepared. We had games, books, snacks and so much more to keep us busy and occupied. I didn’t understand how hard a task it was at the time, but now as a mom, I get it. Keeping kids entertained in a car for hours isn’t for the weak of heart! 

Road Trips with Kids

How to survive a road trip with kids isn’t rocket science. It is all about organization and preparation. Hopefully, these tips will get you to your destination and back again with your sanity still in check! {hehe}

1.  Pack Gravol for kids. My son is notorious for getting car sick, so I won’t go anywhere without Gravol. It is better to be prepared and watch for the warning signs of motion sickness, than to spend hours cleaning out the car after an accident. 

2.  Bring snacks. Kids eat a lot. Make sure to bring snacks that won’t cause a mess and are easy to eat in the car.

3.  Prepare road-trip ready activities. Depending on your child’s age, this could range from handheld games, colouring books, sketch boards, etc. There are so many free printables online that you can’t really go wrong.   

4.  Plan stops. With kids, you definitely need to take breaks, get out of the car to stretch, etc. 

5.  Enjoy yourself! Children learn from example. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, neither will your child. Keep your attitude positive and watch it rub off on them!

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Bubble Guppies Get Ready for School DVD

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Summer is in full swing. The kids are able to get out and play! Hard to imagine that in just under two months, it will be back to school!

The newest release from Bubble Guppies is Get Ready for School and releases on July 29th! It is a fabulous way to get the kids to start thinking about school again! Plus, there is a Bubble Guppies Pencil Case included with the DVD!

Bubble GuppiesGet Ready for School!
Oona’s worried about her little friend, Avi! It’s his first day of school and he’s nervous. From cubbies to free play, the Guppies show viewers the ropes and teach them about school.
 
Good Morning, Mr. Grumpfish!
The Bubble Guppies have a substitute teacher, Mr. Grumpfish, and he doesn’t seem to like anything! It’ll take a lot for the kids to convince Mr. Grumpfish that their favorite things are worth singing about!
 
Good Hair Day!
Gil’s hair grew really long and he better get it cut soon, because today is Picture Day. But when Gil arrives at the hair salon, he sees that everyone in town wants to get haircuts, too! Watch and discover if Molly and the Guppies can work together to help a busy hairdresser give everybody fabulous new ‘dos in time for the photo.
 
Check It Out!
Gil lost his library card while returning his favorite books to the library. Gil and his Guppy friends will have to dive into all of Gil’s favorite books to find it again.
 
Construction Psyched!
Goby needs help from the Bubble Guppies to retrace his steps and find his lost toy dump truck at a construction site before a wild bucking bulldozer crushes it!
 
The Moon Rocks!
Blast off with the Bubble Guppies – it’s time to learn all about the solar system!

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