Traveling with children, e.g. situations and concerns about airports and airplanes, road trips and cars, trains, etc.

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What are some tips for making an international flight with a toddler?

We're traveling from SF to Paris (direct) with our 20-month old soon. What are tips for surviving the flight and not having everyone hate us?
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What should I consider when flying with an infant?

My wife and I will be traveling to the US next month and we're going to take two flights, probably one of 2 hrs and the other 4. Although my 7-months-old son already sits by himself, I'm not sure I ...
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How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?

Asking this one anonymously, I don't want the police coming round to arrest me! In a few weeks, we've got a long drive to go on vacation. Because our youngest is pretty unbearable on long car ...
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Preventing motion sickness in a baby on a plane

A few weeks ago, we took our 6-month-old on the plane for the first time. Five hours into a ten-hour flight, with no warning at all, he vomited (and spectacularly, not a little milk burp). A week ...
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How can we make a long road trip pleasant for a toddler and the parents?

We're planning to drive to visit my family later this year. It is roughly a 10-11 hour drive if we go straight through (I'm planning on making fairly frequent stops, however, as I think it would be ...
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What's the cleanest way to change a diaper on an airline flight?

I've gotten the technique of changing a diaper in a public restroom down fairly well if there's a counter or changing station. But recently we took a flight and I discovered I have no idea how to ...
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Plane activities for little ones

I am taking four children ages 2,3,4, and 8 on a 4+ hour plane ride. Ideas for entertaining them WITHOUT plugging them in for the entire time would be much appreciated. We have the basics, crayons, ...
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What stroller features are essential for regular use on the subway?

With subways being crowded spaces, with gaps to get over, escalators and steps etc., what types of stroller, and what functionality in a stroller should I be looking at for my newborn/infant?
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Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?

Recently, when booking a trip, I discovered that if I included my infant when making a reservation the price was often as much as $100 more per night. When I confronted the hotel about this (we were ...
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How do we prepare for a long car journey with a 2 month old?

Is there anything specific to think about when planning a long car journey (12 hours with an overnight stop) with a 2-month old? I guess one of the issues is whether one of the adults stays in the ...
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When flying with an infant, what airport security restrictions for breast milk/formula/baby food apply?

We're planning on taking a short (1-2 hour) air trip in a couple of months. Our son will be 11 months old by then. Given the delays with getting through security, the amount of time in advance we'll ...
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How young is too young to take a child overseas?

My wife and I are expecting a child at the end of February. My sister-in-law is planning on getting married in early May in Macedonia (we live in the US). This is our first child and we're more than a ...
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When is the right age to bring my child to a Disney theme park?

My wife is very much looking forward to bringing our son to Disney. He enjoys characters like Winnie the Pooh, and she wants to create that "magical" experience of pure joy when he meets his favorite ...
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How do we keep kindergartners entertained while camping?

It's been a while since I've been camping and I never did so as a very young child. What types of activities and general camping prep would be appropriate for going with a kindergartner?
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Lost child contact card ideas needed

We are going a field trip and we are taking our child with us, he is 5. I want to make a contact card for him, which stick on his back, in case (God forbid) he lost so anyone can contact us. Now the ...
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Too many car trips with toddler

My wife and I live several hours away from the rest of our family and they complain that we do not visit often enough and never get to see our 20-month-old son. He does great on long (3-5 hour) car ...
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How should I plan for an international urban vacation with a toddler?

Looking for all types of advice from whether to bring a stroller, how to eat out, manage jetlag, travel within the city -- in this case Paris, but I'm sure some of the ideas would apply to other ...
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Is cosmic radiation a concern for a pregnant airplane passenger?

I read somewhere that you get exposed to a non-negligible amount of radiation from the sun when you travel by air. Would this affect an unborn child's fragile DNA?!
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Receiving a new visitor who has autism

We are receiving new guests over the holidays. My brother has a new girlfriend who has two children. Her youngest, an 8-year-old boy, has "mild autism." I am not absolutely sure what that covers, and ...
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Feeding Baby while Traveling

With a seven month old on a plane, it can be pretty hard to feed the baby without making a mess, but we have a long flight ahead of us in coach as part of holiday travels. He is old enough to be ...
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Car seats at the front

Is it safe to put a front-facing car seat at the front passenger seat? Do I have to disable the airbag first?
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What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
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Daddy daughter travel trip?

I have an idea that may or may not be a good one, so I am looking for a little advice. I have a daughter and son, 5 and 1 respectively. I have this pipe dream to save some money to take them on a ...
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Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel

My parents asked if we'd like to go on a vacation with some of my extended family. The vacation will be spent almost entirely at a nice hostel; we mostly want to relax and spend quality family time ...
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What games are good to play with teens in the car?

I will be travelling with two kids aged 15 and 18 in a car this upcoming month, and I would like to play some games in the car with them. I know the game where you look for different license ...
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Is it safe to travel by car without A/C when it's hot outside?

My in-laws want to take my kids soon on a day where the outside temp is supposed to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C); unfortunately, their car does not have Air Conditioning. We live in the ...
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How do you prepare a toddler to sleep in a strange place (a hotel room)?

We're preparing for our first overnight vacation since my son has outgrown a crib. He's been in a "big boy bed" for several months now, and still is very proud of this fact (and very proud of his bed ...
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How many plane flights per year are considered unhealthy for a toddler?

It's all in the question I think. Assume varying flight times, but one long distance flight of more than 12 hours.
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What should I look for in a new car (automobile)?

I have a 6 months baby and planning my family to grow for at least one, maybe two new members in the following years. My current car (a C-segment) broke down recently, and I'm looking for a new one. ...
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Can I use a stroller for my infant in Chicago's public transportation?

My family will be visiting Chicago next month and we'll be using the metro and buses. My question is, how do infants (son is a 7 month old baby) usually travel in public transporation? Does one have ...
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How will an infant sleep best on vacation?

Our 6 month old is sleeping through the night at home and used to sleep fairly well on overnight trips (with us). However, we have just had two weekends away from home when he hardly slept at all. He ...
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How can I make my travel schedule easier on my 5-year old?

I travel a great deal for my job. Most weeks I'm gone from Sunday Night until Thursday Night, and sometimes I'm gone through the weekend as well. I have two children, a 5 year old and a 3 year old. I ...
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How to deal with vacation spots with opposite extremes?

A lot of the most fun places to vacation also have pretty big down sides, which is what I mean by "opposite extremes." A theme park, for example, has a few minutes of extreme fun, followed by being ...
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For a long flight, would freezing breast milk simplify transporting it?

We have a three-month-old child and several long haul flights coming up (the shortest is five hours, the longest is twelve) and I'm mindful of problems with transporting expressed milk. There are ...
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How can I help my daughter stop puking in our car?

Our daughter gets sick roughly every time we drive to my parents' house. We already time it for her nap, but it's over two hours, so she winds up awake for the last 30 minutes to an hour or so. And ...
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Road trip with a 3-year-old

I will be going on a road trip with my almost 3-year-old. He was born prematurely so he is not necessarily at the same level of other 3-year-old children yet. How can I keep him settled down and get ...
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My son turns 10, what can I do for him that will be special?

January 2012, my son turns 10. I want to do something special with him, just me and him. A male bonding session to celebrate his double-digits. I've spoken to my wife and she thinks it's a great idea, ...
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Travelling when baby is young: bring them or leave them?

Background: two or three times a year, I travel to conferences for work. I'm usually gone for about a week. I can miss some of these conferences, but missing all of them would be very detrimental to ...
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What is your setup in a car for kids to watch kids movies or shows? (2 kids, separate programs)

I used to use laptop to play DVDs and shows to kids. Now my kids are 6 and 3 and it is not easy to find a show which is suitable for both. Also my laptop died. What is your headphone setup (I am ...
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Taking a 5 month old on swimming vacation

We are taking our little 5 month old girl on vacation on the coast in the North of Spain, near Barcelona. Our little girl loves her baths and we want to introduce her to joys of swimming. Thus our ...
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How does one “Toddler-proof” hotels while away from home?

With the holidays fast approaching, I was wondering about toddler safety mechanisms for families that are traveling. Bind drawstrings, open outlets and the typical safety concerns might be an issue. ...
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What are some considerations while preparing for an all day trip in NYC?

We're going to be in NYC on foot and taking the subway around all day. Or daughter is 3 months old. We're going to bring our usual diaper bag, a baby carrier, a sling, extra change of clothes, water ...
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How many buggies, prams and strollers do we need?

We're about to have our first child and are currently getting very confused about the world of buggies/prams/strollers. It seems like we'll need the following: we're both avid runners, so some kind ...
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Can I prepare baby cereal in advance?

I'm preparing for a long airplane flight with my family. I've been filling and freezing some refillable baby food pouches with chicken/veggie soup, etc. I'd like to also bring a couple of pouches with ...
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Do we need a life jacket for our almost 2-year-old when we go to the beach? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should we pack when going camping with an infant? My family and I are going to the beach this July. It will be the first trip to the beach for my son, my daughter, ...
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How to keep a 2 year old entertained in the car on long road trips? [duplicate]

Pls suggest some toys and strategies that have worked for you.