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Coming to you this Saturday morning with a bonus weekend post! I ordered a few things from Gap for Sybil this week. Since they’re all on sale, I wanted to share them before sizes run out. I love a good baby girl clothes sale. Almost everything is less than $10! She needed leggings since it’s cooler in Minnesota than we’re used to in Arizona. I love these leopard print leggings and you can’t go wrong with basic pink (with the cutest bow in the back).
I couldn’t resist this little eyelet flutter top. She already has the cutest chambray bloomers to go with it.
We were at Carter’s to grab Lawson a pair of pajamas since he’s grown out of the 24 months size and couldn’t resist this floral jumpsuit for Sybil. It’s only $10! Won’t it look cute with a little sweater over it come fall?
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Traveling with one child is stressful enough. Traveling with a baby and a toddler can feel downright crazy. Even though it seems like a lot of work at the time, exploring together and creating new memories is always worth it.
After 5 flights with Lawson and Sybil, I’d like to think we’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with a baby and toddler. These are my 10 tips for flying with a baby and toddler.
10 TIPS FOR FLYING WITH A BABY & TODDLER
- Figure out what time works best for your kids and their schedule. For us, it’s the morning. A 10am flight is the sweet spot. We don’t have to get them up earlier than normal and get the majority of flying time done before they get really cranky in the afternoon.
- Bring new or forgotten toys. Every 2 year old seems to go through a sticker phase. They are perfect for flights since they easily fit in your bag and can be put on trays, windows, seats, etc. Just remember to remove them before you get off the plane! If we have a flight coming up, we hide Lawson’s iPad a few days beforehand. I always try to add a new show to keep him occupied.
- Request bulk head seats whenever possible. You have to store your carryon luggage in the overhead bin, but not having to worry about the kids kicking the seats in front of us is worth it. They have a little more room to roam, which we’ve found beneficial.
- Food is the ultimate distraction. The best kind is anything that comes in multiples. Think fruit cups, pretzels. If it takes them longer to eat it, the better.
- Take yourself out of the equation. Eat before you board the flight or better yet before you get to the airport. You’ll have your hands full taking care of little ones.
- Wear the baby in a carrier or sling and put the toddler in a stroller. We take an umbrella stroller since it is lighter than our double or jogging stroller. It folds up easily and is checked at the gate.
- Rent car seats through the rental car agency. If we’re going on a longer trip, we’ll bring our car seats. For shorter trips, it’s easier to rent them at our destination. Rental car agencies typically have a maximum for renting car seats. It varies from agency to agency and it can pay to shop around.
- Every so often I bring a book or magazine. I think maybe this is the trip they nap at the same time. I’ve never read them. Do yourself a favor and leave them at home.
- Stay calm. You will have tense moments. Your baby will cry and your toddler may kick and scream. They will miss naps. Try to stay calm. If you’re anxious and frustrated, your little ones will be too. We once took a 6 hour red-eye from Hawaii when Lawson was 14 months old. We thought he’d sleep the entire flight. Instead we were the ones with a crying baby while everyone else was trying to sleep. We didn’t make any friends on that flight, but we did survive.
- Invest in TSA Pre-Check. The security lines are generally shorter and you don’t have to go through extra steps like taking off your shoes. These can make a huge difference when you’re trying to wrangle two kids through security too.
Tomorrow I’m tackling my first solo flight with Lawson and Sybil. I’m slightly terrified by the thought. I take comfort in knowing many parents have done it before me and somehow everyone survives.
Do you have any tips for flying with a baby and toddler? I have a feeling I’m going to need all the help I can get!
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a good one. Nothing too exciting, but a solid summer weekend.
Do you have plans for the 4th of July holiday? We don’t have any (yet), but that hasn’t stopped me from planning Lawson and Sybil’s outfits. Though I don’t usually coordinate holiday outfits, I am always ready for some red, white and blue and I thought it’d be fun to put together a little 4th of July style guide for babies and toddlers. I’ve had to stop from buying one of everything. Luckily it’s almost all on sale!
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In honor of Mother’s Day I put together a list of 20 things I learned in my first 2 years of motherhood. It’s been a wild, crazy, sleep deprived, fun two years. It’s hard to believe this was my 3rd Mother’s Day. I thought I earned it that first year after a month of sleepless nights. Ha, I truly earned it this past year! We had a great day starting with donuts for breakfast, a visit to the peach festival and sushi takeout. It was pretty much perfect.
20 Things I Learned in my First 2 Years of Motherhood
- I have more patience than I thought possible.
- Bodily functions of your children are totally normal discussion topics.
- It truly is a love unlike anything I’ve ever known.
- PBS is my best friend. Sesame Street, Super Whys and Thomas & Friends, I couldn’t get anything done without you.
- Motherhood is not sexy. I’m talking to you saggy boobs and squishy stomach.
- I thought I was tired before I had kids. Then I thought I was tired when I had one. Turns out it was nothing compared to what I feel today.
- Going to bed at 8pm on a Friday night is acceptable.
- Motherhood is hard. Physically, mentally and emotionally hard.
- It’s okay to love your children differently.
- We’re all doing the best we can to make the best decisions for our kids.
- Each child is different.
- Date night is important. Like really, really important.
- Two kids is more than double the work. It’s also more than double the fun.
- I will learn all the words to Thomas & Friends. And sing them as a goodnight lullaby.
- I’m not as good of a friend as I once was. I don’t always remember important dates and find time to get together way less than I’d like.
- You will get your life back. It will be different but better.
- Watching your daughter laugh at your son is priceless.
- You can go so many days between showers that you forget when you last had one.
- Shopping for kids clothes is almost as fun as shopping for myself. Almost, but not quite. Shopping for boy’s clothes is just as much fun as shopping for girl’s clothes.
- The days are long, but the years are short. It’s a cliche, but it’s 100% true.