May 5, 2017

Vacation with a Baby (HELP!)

It's a rainy, dreary day in Cincinnati and it looks like most of the weekend will be the same. Makes me want to curl up in bed with a couple good books for the next few days. I don't remember the last time I was able to do that, though. Maybe on vacation I'll get a opportunity to? ;) We're going on a big family vacation in few weeks and I'm looking forward to that time away at the beach.

I've been trying to remind myself that vacation with a 1-year-old will not be like any other vacation we've ever been on. Wonderful and full of fun times, but also challenging and probably not quite as relaxing ha! Jared and I have already started brainstorming ways to make the long drive a little more enjoyable for everyone. Fun kids music for T to listen to, new books and a couple toys stashed away that will be new and exciting for the car. 

I got him (aka, us!) a little toddler backpack to keep his stuff organized in the car, but I am in search of something, moms! Is there anything to put around/next to the carseat to prevent the abyss of lost toys?? T always drops his stuff down in the crevice where we can't reach it while in the front seat. I know they make things to wedge in between front seats of a car, but I can't seem to find anything. I might just be wadding up a blanket to keep things from falling. #solution

We've got SPF 2 billion, a floaty device with a sunshade; he's got a swim gear, a bucket hat, sand toys... what else are baby must haves that I might not be thinking of? Luckily, we are renting a house right on the beach so we'll be close to all our stuff when we need to head back in for naps or meals. We'll be there a week though so I need all the advice, people!

22 comments:

  1. Have so much fun on vacation! Don't forget the swim diapers, bug spray, and rash cream in case the little one gets any irritation from the sand! Other than that, it sounds like you're all set! :-)

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    1. Any suggestions on best swim diapers??

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  2. Ahhh so much fun!! We did a beach vacation with Hadley when she was 8 weeks old (and I'll never do that again lol) and one of our best purchases was a huge tent for the beach. Lots and lots of shade and a quieter place if he wants to rest!

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  3. My kids all liked the beach when they were little. It's so cute to see them experience sand and ocean for the first time!

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  4. It's definitely not quite as relaxing to vacation with a baby/toddler, but also so much fun! We took R on a 13-hr drive to Chicago when she was about 11 months old and she did great! I'm sure you'll have stories to tell when you get back :) Don't forget to take videos!

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  5. We are going to the beach with Zoe in July so I hope you share a list of must haves when you get back!!! I heard that baby powder is amazing for getting sand off the skin. So many people suggested a tent to me for the beach and a few moms even told me that they bought little baby inflatable pool and put some water in it down by the ocean so the kiddos dont get over heated and it is fun for them to play in.

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  6. I don't have babies, but my sisters do and when they visit us (we live at the beach) we've learned a few tricks ... you need a pop up beach tent (amazon?) and one of the Tommy Bahama beach carts - b/c even staying on the beach, you'll have SO MUCH STUFF to get to and from. Plus they have HUGE wheels, you can even drive it in the sand. AND, take baby powder. You can dump it on the baby (and yourself!) to get sand off of you easily.

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  7. A little plastic baby pool... buy one when u get there.. he can sit in it with some water and play toys ... my kids always like the sand at first but when they are that little and wanting to crawl around then they deal with eating sand from their hands and getting it on their face.. extra towels or blankets for naps.. and baby powder to wash sand off ..

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  8. Vacation with a baby is not the same...HOWEVER: vacation with a baby plus a bunch of extended family members? It's great! They can all take a turn, which means you definitely should pack a book for yourself :) A stash of new toys is crucial for the car. We also planned our driving in the evenings when possible (otherwise at nap time), so that we could just feed Hendrik his last bottle of the day in his carseat, and then just fall asleep while we got some good (quiet!) mileage out of the way. Have fun!

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  9. Have an amazing vacation! You are going to make so many wonderful memories! :)

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  10. Vacationing with kids is wonderful, exhausting, but wonderful. Your little man will have a great time and it'll be magical to see his reactions to everything. My best beach trip with kids advice is here: http://polka-dottyplace.blogspot.com/2015/05/tuesday-talk-14-tips-for-taking.html

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  11. The number one thing I recommend for roadtrips is a little soft fan!!!!! This is a must-have for the car ride - because when a baby is backwards facing he doesn't feel the air conditioning and baby gets hot!! This fan is soft (if you put your hand in it while it's on - it does not hurt at all) and it clips, so we clip it to the headrest or something. We also use it in the stroller on hot days.

    https://www.amazon.com/Tee-Zed-T02-Camping-Lounging-Chillin/dp/B008ELYVGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494016785&sr=8-1&keywords=soft+clip+fan

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  12. Now that I have two kids I realized how much I used to overpack for just one kid when Clara was a baby... if you forget something, just buy it wherever you are! I think sometimes it's easier to pick things up on the road (like diapers!) than to fit everything in suitcases/a trunk. I do recommend getting a tent for the beach, though!

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  13. One thing that really might be worth it is a wagon that rolls on sand. All of those things that babies/toddlers need is hard to tote down. Baby powder is a great way to get sand off without having to get the baby wet. We are thinking about taking our small dust buster to get the sand up so my niece isn't crawling on the floor with all the sand that gets brought in. We are headed to the beach in just two weeks so I've got my packing lists being made so I don't forget anything. I hope this is one of many vacations full of wonderful memories with your sweet little family.

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  14. A pillow. The free crevice stopper! It's tricky holding it up to the side of the car seat and shutting the door fast enough, but it works great. And it's free. :).

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    1. So simple, why didn't I think of that?! THANK YOU :)

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  15. Spf 2 billion, lol! We never really vacationed with a baby so I sadly dont have any tips for you :(. I bet you'll figure things out and have a great time.

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  16. Spf 2 billion, lol! We never really vacationed with a baby so I sadly dont have any tips for you :(. I bet you'll figure things out and have a great time.

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  17. I don't have much advice, but I hope you have the best time!!!

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  18. Get a blow-up kiddie pool! You can put water in it for him to splash around it for when it's hot but you don't want to take him in the pool/ocean, but even better, you can put blankets/towels in it on the beach and let him crawl around without getting sand in his eyes. $9 at Walmart, so worth it!

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  19. I hope you have the best vacation! No advice here either, but lots and lots of families live here with their little beach babes and it's the cutest seeing babies at the beach :) HAVE FUN!!

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  20. Here is my real advice: don't worry about what you do or don't have. You can always pick it up when you get to the beach. Just get there and enjoy our first vacation as a family of 3.

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