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How to Travel With Your Smart iBaby Monitor This Holiday Season

Tis the season to be jolly, merry, and to do a lot of traveling to be with your loved ones. That means that you have to pack all of your baby essentials, including your iBaby monitor. But don’t worry, traveling with your iBaby monitor is as easy as installing it for the first time. Just follow the instructions below created by our customer support tech for a safe holiday season.

 

Going on Vacation? Top-tips to make traveling with a toddler hassle-free

Is it still considered a vacation if your toddler’s tagging along? Yes! But your hands may be fuller. But just because your baby is coming it doesn’t mean your days of relaxing by the beach are over. Preparation is key when planning a vacation. And this includes choosing a destination, activities, and bringing relaxing toys. And trust us, you’re bound to experience a couple breakdowns down the road. So, don’t worry. We have compiled the top tips to make traveling with your toddler easier and hassle-free.
Choosing the appropriate destination is crucial for a happy baby. If your little one has never flown before or has a hard time on planes, choose a destination that requires little to no fly-time. If you choose to fly, make sure to make seat airline reservations. This will to get you the appropriate location for a car seat and will reduce any last minute mishaps.
Soothing Breakdowns:
A toddler having a breakdown is a rite of passage. And because of this, it’s important to bring some of their security and comfort items. This could be a mini backpack they can carry full of their comfort toys, snacks, or books. It’s also best not to overthink when your child is having a breakdown. Breakdowns are an inevitable truth about parenting. And some people, will most likely feel sympathetic rather than judgemental.
Pack Food:
It’s always important to pack some of your toddler’s favorite foods. This will keep them entertained with something to munch on and can even help with ear popping.
Things not to do:
Don’t give your baby any medication that promises to keep them asleep. We’re talking to you Benadryl. This medicine can backfire on you and actually keep your baby awake. If that’s not the case, you will feel the anguish of a baby that does not want to.
Realistic Truth:
Traveling with your baby is never easy. There will be breakdowns, tears and maybe some anger. But at the end of the day, there’s probably no one you’d rather travel with than with your family. 

The 6 Best Baby-Friendly Vacation Spots

So you’ve likely just had a baby, and might be wondering if you’ll ever get to have a vacation ever again. After all, it’s crazy tough taking care of your toddler at home, much less somewhere you’ve never been. But don’t fret! There are tons of family resorts and baby-friendly vacation spots that cater to families just like yours all of the time.
This means you could actually forget about your kid, guilt free, and go have some serious fun. Well, for a couple of hours, anyway.
Check out the list below; there’s a few different choices depending on how much you want to spend, how far away you want to go, or what kind of things you want to experience. Just keep in mind that overseas resorts usually require that your baby’s immunizations are up to date, so make sure to check their respective FAQ’s for the shots they require.

Vacation Destinations in the United States

Stay closer to home
Disney Cruise Lines. What else can be said about Disney Cruises, other than they are beloved by families across the United States. Though their minimum age is 3 years old, there are multiple activities and clubs they can explore under counselor supervision. Though there are a ton of great activities for kids, they don’t shy away from giving the rest of the family some amazing options for R&R! Each cruise line has a wide array of things to do, from dinner to parties to nightclubs and more. And with Disney and Star Wars being all chummy, some cruise lines have Star Wars themed events. This means your family gets to hang out with the Skywalker family, too!
Great Wolf Lodge. Perhaps one of the most widely known indoor water parks, Great Wolf Lodge offers amazing family adventures in twelve States (and Canada). They boast all sorts of activities for all ages, which is a huge plus. However, unlike many of the other choices, these resorts don’t offer childcare services. The one great thing about these parks is that they’re all indoors, which means that inclement weather will never affect your family’s fun. And they’re more than just water parks – they’ve got restaurants, shops, theaters, spas, and more.
Tyler Place Family Resort. One of the most loved resorts in America, Tyler Place Family Resort has activities for your children as well as for you. The best parts are the Infant and Toddler programs which assigns a caregiver to give your baby some great experiences at the resort while you catch some “you time”. The best part is that the resort has always been owned and operated by the Tyler family, so they know exactly the kind of activities and entertainment yours would love. Stateside, this resort is probably the most baby-friendly spot for family vacations and should not be missed.

Global Vacation Destinations

Take your family and your baby globetrotting!
Aulani. Disney has an amazing resort in Hawai’i proudly called Aulani. It is named after the phrase “messenger of a chief”, and signifies the amazing Hawaiian culture your family will experience. They provide many excellent experiences for your kids at Aunty’s Beach House, although they have the same age restrictions as their cruise lines (3-12). These experiences range widely: learning about Hawaiian culture, surf-related activities & crafts, Hawaiian-style parties & dancing, and more! This resort isn’t just fun – it’ll teach your family about the rich culture of Hawai’i. Truly, that’s the best of both worlds.
Franklyn D Resort & Spa. Located in beautiful Jamaica, they tout themselves as the ultimate family resort. In many ways, they certainly are! They are arguably the most baby-friendly vacation destination in the world. There are activities for kids, teens, and adults, and each family is assigned a personal ‘Vacation Nanny’. These nannies provide care and fun for your kids while you explore the resort during the day. They’re a mind-blowing perk that’s families absolutely love. For this resort, the term ‘all-inclusive’ seems to merely scratch the surface.
Club Med Ixtapa. If you don’t want to get too far from the US, Club Med has a resort amidst the gorgeous Sierra Madre mountains. Club Med Ixtapa caters to families with children of all ages, with different levels of childcare, ranging from babies to toddlers to preteens to teens. This means you can safely let Club Med staff – lovingly called ‘gracious organizers’ – take care of your kids while you go off and enjoy the more adult side of the resort. There’s definitely tons to do for all members of the family such as exploring the beauty of the Mexican Pacific ocean.

Are you taking your family to any baby-friendly destinations this summer?

How to Fly with an Under Twelve Months Old Baby

Are you getting ready for your baby’s first flight ever? The very first flying experience might sound scary because you don’t know what to expect, but many parents agree that babies under a year old are the easiest to fly with. If you’re one of those parents getting ready for a flight, you might want to check out these tips broken down by age:
1-3 months old
This might be the easiest age to have your infant fly with you. Almost certainly, your baby will be asleep most of the flight. Even when awake, she will probably be happy just sitting in her car seat or in your lap. As with any baby, have her suck on something during takeoff and landing – pacifier, bottle or you can nurse the baby. Have extra clothes and diapers in case of an accident and enjoy your flight!
3-6 months old
This stage is quite easy to manage as well. By three months of age your baby should have a predictable routine, so you will know what to expect en route. While the baby will not be asleep as much as she was when she was a newborn, she should be still quite manageable in her car seat or on your lap. You might want to bring a water bottle to offer to the baby during takeoff and landing in case she does not want to nurse. Bring some familiar objects for the baby – a favorite blanket or a toy.
6-12 months old
As your baby spends more time awake, you will find yourself alert and busy traveling with a baby over 6 months of age. If you can, get a separate seat for a baby because it will be more challenging trying to keep her on your lap buckled. Make sure you have some antibacterial wipes for everything your baby will want to explore. The best part of this age is that your baby will transition to solid foods which will make feeding easier. Make sure you get your baby used to room temperature food ahead of the flight for even easier meal times.

Getting Ready for Your First Trip as a Family

If the last time you traveled was just with your partner but now you have a little one to join you for the first time, you must be very excited. More like, excited and scared. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when setting out for your first trip as a family. Some people prefer staying in furnished apartments to have a full access to a kitchen, while some prefer hotels with more amenities. No matter where you are planning to stay, there are a few things you should check on before heading to you temporary home:
Does the place have a crib or a playpen?
Call the place in advance to check whether or not they have a crib or a playpen. If they do, you don’t need to worry about bringing your own unless you absolutely prefer to do so. If you prefer to have your own, buy a portable one and have it shipped to your destination in time for your arrival.
What does your child need for sleeping?
What helps your child to sleep? A new environment can be stressful for a child, so having something familiar for the sleeping time will be comforting for your baby. It can be his favorite toy or a blanket, or the book you read before the nap time. You might also consider bringing a night light since the hotel rooms can be quite dark at night.
What do you need for bottle cleaning?
Keeping your baby feeding supplies clean is key when traveling and most likely no hotel will provide you with those. Think in advance what you might need: bottle brushes, bottle drying rack, your favorite detergent. We often take those things for granted when we are at home and truly understand what we are missing when being away.
Does the place have a bathtub?
Call the place in advance to see what kind of bathrooms they have and, if possible, request one with a bathtub to wash the baby. If there is none available, you will need to bring a baby bath tub with you or order to have it shipped to your destination in advance.
Where is the closest supermarket?
No matter if you decide to bring all your favorite baby essentials such as diapers with you or buy them on the spot, it is a good idea to know where the nearest supermarket is. If possible, choose a location with one within walking distance.