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When people ask you what it’s like traveling with babies and toddlers, does a specific moment come to mind? For me, it totally depends on my mood whether I think of a funny moment or one that was downright terrifying!
So, I thought I’d write up my most memorable family travel moments and my top essentials for traveling with a baby in this sponsored post for Signature Care Diapers, which are available at Safeway and Albertsons.
Originally published May 17, 2016 and updated July 15, 2018.
We had an amazing opportunity to go on our first trip to Disneyland last week! We went with our friends (one of whom is an employee) so we were able to explore the parks for free and get amazing discounts.
Next time we might not be as lucky and I kept that in mind while writing this blog post about Disneyland with toddlers.
Are you thinking Disneyland is just for kids? Have you ever thought to surprise Grandma (or Grandpa) with a trip to Disneyland? Can you imagine doing one of those “We’re going to Disneyland” surprise videos for a Grandparent? Yes! Taking Grandma to Disneyland is a real game-changer, people!
Little (Superhero) Fliers Yoga Class for Kids and Adults
Have you been looking for a fun class to do with your toddler, preschooler or Kindergarten student? This past weekend, my 4-year-old and I had the opportunity to do a yoga class together with Sukha Yoga and Photography in Issaquah, WA just outside of Seattle. It wasn’t just any yoga class, but a SUPERHERO themed yoga class for kids! After watching LEGO Batman for a week, my son was pumped! *This post contains affiliate links.
My family travels a lot and I’m always on the hunt for toys that will occupy my 3-year-old. We tend to take small toys on airplanes. We also like to have toys that will provide hours of fun in hotel rooms. When Magformers offered to send me their TMNT Half Shell Heroes 38-piece Set, I excitedly accepted.
We’ve traveled a lot with our 3-year-old since he’s been born. We have worn him in a carrier as a lap infant. He’s traveled in both his infant car seat and his toddler seat. He has even flown without anything in his seat. When I heard about 1st Class Kid travel pillow, I knew I needed to check it out. (Contains affiliate links.)
My husband’s family is from Hong Kong and it’s a big part of who they are. My husband picked up a little bit of Chinese growing up but mostly had an “All-American” upbringing. Now that we have kids, it’s brought to light the importance of showing our kids pieces of their heritage so they can keep in touch with their roots.
Our toddler has been going to Chinese school for awhile. It’s been really helpful since neither my husband nor I really speak Chinese (and our toddler just laughs when we try.) Not only do we like that he’s connecting with Chinese culture, but we also hope that it will help him later in life. The hard part for us is supplementing his Chinese at home. It’s been difficult to find products that encourage us to talk about China.
Our family thinks it’s important for children to experience the world first-hand whenever possible. We feel that understanding other people and their cultures is the best tool we can give them for succeeding in life. We take them on trips when we can and participate in local cultural events. My husband and I also enjoy trying new foods from other countries.
My family loves to travel, whether it’s internationally or closer to home. This means we pack a lot of bags and have to think smartly about our clothing choices. Gone are the days where I could pack twice as many outfits for myself and fancy clothing for “just in case.” Now that we have two kiddos, it’s all about streamlining and getting the most bang out of our suitcase space, especially when I’m traveling with them on my own. This is where Zutano is a great fit for my family and our lifestyle.
My husband is Chinese and his parents were born and raised in Hong Kong where they learned Cantonese and English. My husband grew up with English as his primary language, but he picked up a bit of Cantonese (mostly how to order food and be polite to relatives). When we found out I was pregnant with Owen, we talked a lot about what we’d like his cultural exposure to look like.
Disneyland Resort is the most iconic location for a family vacation. I had never been before, but longed to go since I was a small child. After our son was born, people told us to wait until he was 5 years old or 8 years old or even 10 years old before taking him. However, when we were looking for a family vacation destination that was a short flight from Seattle, Disneyland Resort kept coming up. Our friends who also had a toddler decided to join us. So, we threw caution to the wind and booked our tickets to Disneyland with toddlers in tow.
Our toddler Owen has been so fortunate to have opportunities to travel the world at such a young age. He’s been to Thailand, Italy, Greece, Canada, Hawaii, Disneyland, and more. We know that he won’t remember most of these trips years from now, but he definitely remembers them vividly for months and has absorbed so much about other places and cultures. I believe that these global experiences will impact the person he becomes, so it got me thinking about a toddler travel bucket list.
Inspired by our recent trip to the Maui Ocean Center, we thought we’d arrange a play date at the Seattle Aquarium on the beautiful Seattle Waterfront. Currently, there is a lot of construction going on to build the Sea Wall, so we left our house extra early to make sure we’d have no problem with traffic and parking. We got there at 9:45am and there was plenty of street parking (yay!) and the road construction was actually an attraction for toddlers in itself with the big machines!
When I was young, we almost never went to the movie theater. Apparently, when I was a toddler, my Mom took me to see Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in the theater and I screamed so much we had to leave. Granted, that movie has some scary scenes, but it made me nervous thinking about taking my 2.5 year old, Owen, to his first movie.
Santorini was one of the stops on our Royal Caribbean Cruise around the Mediterranean. I’d wanted to see Santorini ever since I watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It seemed like such an exotic island and the white houses and blue doors simply sold me!