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

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Potty Training while on vacation- Help

My almost 3-year-old has done a complete 180 since my last potty training question 2 weeks ago. We decided to try the barebum method where she's nude, then commando, then with underwear over the ...
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Traveling with Toddler- during covid tips

My husband and I are planning on flying to another state for the summer with our toddler. I received really good advice on face masks for my daughter and the airline put in some guidelines that appear ...
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Traveling 8 hours with a newborn [closed]

I am on vacation and having contractions I live 8-9 hours from where I went on vacation (if I have my newborn while that far away how long do I have to wait b4 going home? I have a toddler (2yrs old) ...
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Moving across the country is it better to fly baby or drive?

I am due with my first in March. My husband and I are planning to move from Arizona to Florida this June. We are at a crossroads on wether to drive as a family or have me and baby fly while he drives ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Our child is 7 days old. My parents live in another city which is a 6-7 hours travel away from us. As I'm working, no one is here to take care of my wife and kid. So we have to go to our parents' ...
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Is a long car ride unhealthy for a newborn?

I am a little over 3 months away from having my first child. My baby girl is due at the end of August/beginning of September. However, my parents live a 4.5 hours drive from where my wife and I live....
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Does “Crying it Out” with a 9 month old make sense when in a hotel for a few days?

We went to the pediatrician today for our 9 month old's checkup, and based on his current sleep schedule (sleeping from ~7:30PM to 5:30AM, with multiple 30min to 1hr wakeups), the pediatrician told us ...
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When the length of a commute can be recognized as not acceptable for a kindergartner?

I have learned of kids with crazy long commutes in their school bus for public schools. I'm surprised of having such longs commutes (1 hour) for a 4-to-5 year old starting kindergarten. I understand ...
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Homeschool during traveling

I would like to travel with my kids for around a year starting from July next year. The kids will be 5 and 9 y.o. We will travel in Africa, Asia, north and south America... We will not stay long on ...
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Will my wife and son being away to see family for 3 weeks without me effect my 6 month old son and I's relationship?

My wife was planning to visit her family for 3 weeks. We recently did a trip to see them for a few weeks together as a family when he was 4 months so he knows the family and house and he is very well ...
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Experience with travelling long hours in a car with a 10-week-old baby?

I am due in ten weeks and have planned a trip to Exmouth from Perth over 2 days, 8 hours one day, 4/5 hours the next. Is this feasible with a 10-week-old baby? Has anyone done trips this long with a ...
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How bad is it to not mention a child when booking hotels? [closed]

My wife and I have 5 kids (the oldest is 7, the youngest is a newborn). This makes us a family of 7. I have always been willing to list all of our kids when booking hotel rooms even though this has ...
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How to take a vacation from kids when it's not possible to actually leave them?

tl;dr I am completely emotionally and mentally exhausted, as well as significantly physically exhausted, and have completely burned out this last week with respect to my young children and my graduate ...
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Anxiety, Anger, and Major Sleep Issues in 2.5 Year Old Following Long Holiday – Is This Normal?

We went to Australia from Canada for two months to visit (and stay with) family when our son was 2.25 years old. He is now 2.5 years old. Now he is terrified to go to sleep, screams if we leave him (...
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How do I get my parents to let me vacation by myself?

I'm planning to take a vacation next month. Since I started planning for it, my parents have continually expressed doubt and concern and generally interfered in the plans. They want to know where and ...
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At what age will a child understand a map?

I want to prepare my 25-month-old for a long distance trip - across the Pacific Ocean. Part of that is understanding where he is and where he's going. I have a globe, but I don't know if I point to it ...
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Is it okay to send 5 year old to grandparents in foreign country that don't speak her language for 2 months?

My daughter-in-law wants to send my 5 year old (5 at the end of March) granddaughter to Russia for 2 months in the summer to visit her parents. The daughter-in-law's parents do not speak any English ...
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How do we convince parents that we can't all be there within one week of the holiday every year?

Here is the dilemma. My wife, my brother, my five-year-old son, and I live about five hours from my parents, about four hours from my father-in-law and his SO, and about an hour from my mother-in-law. ...
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Superlight equipment to carry an almost 4y old pre-schooler during a hike

I am planning a hike with the kids, but the youngest one (almost 4 years old) may become too tired at some point and may need to be carried for a while. It is unlikely that this will be needed, so we ...
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What is the method to change a diaper without any tables or chairs?

I'm usually outside most of the time and I was wondering what is the best method of changing a diaper of a toddler while preventing them from constantly moving around to make a mess if they pooped. ...
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Is a four hour long drive too much for a 9.5 month old?

Am thinking of driving her, with my wife in the backseat next to her car seat, to my in laws, who lives 4 hours away by car for July 4th weekend. Obviously we'll be bringing all the essentials: ...
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Vacationing with Grandparents

My wife and I sometimes get offers from her parents or mine to take our family on vacation (examples: a cruise, or summer family camp). We have two kids, 10 and 8. The issue is that our parents tend ...
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Traveling with a 5 and a half months old for a whole month; options on strollers?

We will be traveling soon for a whole month in Japan with our five and a half months old daughter and we are considering buying an umbrella stroller for the trip. We have a Bugaboo Buffalo at home and ...
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Will a road trip (travel) make an infant weaker and more prone to illness?

Our family hasn't been on any long vacations in over a year (mostly because my wife became pregnant with our third last year). Now I am trying to convince my wife to go on one which entails a 7 hour ...
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How to deal with a pre-travel conflict with my mother about overpacking?

I am 22 years of age and living at home while I finish my degree. My upcoming trip (with family) begins to take shape. I will be travelling with my mother for roughly 2 1/2 weeks (the first half of ...
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How to get a toddler to nap in the carseat during a distance drive

My toddler doesn't like napping in the car. I have tried to play lullaby music for him so that he can nap as we drive for a long distance, say like 2hrs or less mostly. Most of the time he's just ...
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Toddler's head falling back in car seat

My 2.5 year old is in a forward-facing Maxi Cosi Pria 85 carseat. The problem is, if he falls asleep while we're driving somewhere, his head falls back. Every site that mentions bad sleeping positions ...
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Colic has worsened while traveling

We have a 4.5mo old and have taken her on her first "family vacation." We're on day six of a 14 day trip involving about 5hrs of airplane travel (which she handled very well) but she has has awful ...
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Migrating to another continent between vaccines

I am planning migrate from overseas to my homeland when my infant becomes around 3 months old, she is 1 months old now. Though she will start some vaccines soon in two weeks. However, we cannot finish ...
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Is it a good idea to go on an overseas holiday with a 6 month old baby?

Thinking of going on a short holiday to Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Do babies enjoy travelling and going to new places? Is it easy to travel with a 6 month old? Flight is 10 hours so not too bad. ...
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CISV: should I trust?

CISV is a seasoned organization which stages (among other activities) villages: 28 days-long exchanges for children aged 10 coming from all the world. I am considering letting my child take part in ...
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Preparing toddlers to sleep in a hotel room

My two toddlers love to play together. At bedtime, when we have them together for the quiet part of bedtime (pajamas, story, lullabies), they wind up bouncing off the walls. And the bed, each other, ...
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While on vacation, how can I balance toddler's needs with parents wants/needs?

Most toddlers are creatures of habit and routine, and our toddler is the same. She is happiest when she has consistent mealtimes, naptime, and bedtime. When we go on vacation, however, we undoubtedly ...
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Negotiating a shorter school year in a US public elementary school

My child is starting kindergarten soon, at a public school in California. We've always done family adventures, lasting weeks and months. Backpacking trips, sailing trips, etc. In a few years, I'd ...
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Flight travel during pregnancy

Can flying cause any problems during any stage of pregnancy ? Is there any harmful effect on the baby or mother ?
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Sleep in booster seats

We frequently travel in the car at night, and booster seats aren't comfortable for kids to sleep in. We've tried pillows on either side of their heads but this doesn't help when they fall asleep and ...
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What factors should I consider when deciding to let children fly unaccompanied?

Some family members have invited my two older kids to visit for a week next summer. The plan is that the children would fly there, and then we (and the youngest sibling) would drive up a week later to ...
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Is plane flight safe for a newborn?

I have been pregnant for 38 weeks and 3 days. I booked my plane ticket a while back to go to New York in December and I am bringing my baby with me, but by the time we go to there and he will be about ...
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Going hiking with an infant - how to prepare?

We are going on a vacation with our 9 month old. As we love hiking, we have decided to try to hike with our little one. We chose mountains with rather easy paths and at most 1000 meters above sea ...
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How can I assuage my pre-teen's fear of flying

My parents are moving to Florida soon and have asked for my help moving their car. I thought it would be nice to take my pre-teen daughter (almost 12 yo) with me on the ride down for a short visit. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...