One of the things that new parents and second or third-time parents, heck I think almost all parents fear is traveling with their young children. Especially on public transit. I’m not only talking about subways but airplanes, trains, and buses too. You truly never know how a child is going to react.
We started traveling with our sweet baby girl when she was 2 months old. She was fine in the car and in terms of air travel well, we didn’t have much of a choice. We have family located around the country and most places there is one member who is not able to fly so we decided to go to them. Everyone wanted to meet our sweet baby girl and we wanted her to meet the family so, we had most of these trips booked before she was even born. It really was not a question of should we or could we, it was okay let’s go.
We have always been the travelers in our family. We go to the group; they do not come to us. Our families are traditional in that you go to your parents until they no longer want to host, then and only then, does the next generation take over the hosting. This is fine for us, it’s what we are used to. As I mentioned earlier my husband and I both come from large families so we travel a lot!
When she turned 8 weeks, old it was off to the races. We did our first big car trip. We headed out the 5 hours to Tampa to get to my husbands family. She got to meet all of her extended family in Florida in one swoop. It was great. She did super good in the car. Slept most of the way and when she freaked we stopped.
Then we headed an additional 3 hours to Sanibel Island. My dad, my step-mom, sisters and extended family were there. We got to lounge on the beach and chill out in a very nice house. I kept thinking this really isn’t that bad. Keep in mind I am not mentioning that our new SUV was stocked so full of baby gear it looked like it was about to POP! I cannot even imagine what we would have done if we still had my small two door neon! That was a smart upgrade!
Then she hit 3 months; it was time to travel for two weeks around New York. I had never been so nervous! This required her first plane ride! I seriously debated doing those passenger care packages with earplugs and snacks. My husband thought I was nuts. We stayed in a beach house and honestly it was pretty good. She got to meet hubby’s whole family! Tons of cousins to occupy her. It was fantastic. She slept with us in the same room already so it was just a change of venue. Oh, and no air conditioning in the summer. We conquered it without a problem.
We traveled to Orlando and other places by car over the next 2 months. There was not a month that went by with no travel. Then 6 months hit and it was two weeks in Wisconsin, another plane ride and set up in the same room. It was 40 degrees in September too! We are from Florida; I was not used to bundling my baby girl up! Thank goodness for my family who have been bundling babies for 30 years! It was great and buggy got to meet her 2G (Great-Grandma) who is no longer able to travel. My world felt complete.
Thank goodness I was able to be a stay at home mom; honestly, in that first year, there wasn’t very much staying home! My husband did not do all of the traveling with me. He had to work, which added to my terror, but our buggy was a trooper through it all. Now she is a very active toddler and we are taking an Alaskan cruise in two weeks! I’m feeling like an amateur, travel wise. What will keep a 14-month-old busy on a 7-hour plane ride? I need advice and help with this. Maybe now I should consider the earplug and snack bags…
Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom
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