I go back-and-forth about the worthwhileness of traveling with wee ones.
On the one hand, I think: traveling with babies and tots is just plain crazy. It requires an over-the-top amount of energy, planning, and patience…not to mention – STUFF. It involves strollers, car seats, teethers, toys, nursing covers, baby carriers, diapers, wipes, extra pairs of tiny underwear, lots of little onesies, and much, much more. Throw in sleepy kids, a few public tantrums, trying to get a car seat into a foreign car, and one or two “I need to go potty” quips in very inopportune locations – and any parent might decide that it’s much better, much more comfortable to be at home. Especially considering that your little ones won’t even remember the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon or the Leaning Tower of Piza.
On the other hand, I think: traveling with babies and tots is all kinds of fun. After all, what better time to just get out and go than when parents are young and adventurous? Sure, adding little ones into any travel itinerary is bound to add a little (or a lot of) extra stress, but it also adds laughter and magic. It’s kind of nice to get away from the “day-to-day” of macaroni & cheese and naptimes and mopping the floor in favor of something magnificent, something new. And even if they won’t remember it, YOU will. You’ll remember nursing on top of the Eiffel Tower or holding a tiny hand as you take in the grandeur of Yosemite or hearing a little voice sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” as you paddle through Venice. You’ll remember it all – with precision and nostalgia and joy. And there’s a good chance that the trying moments will fade to a beautiful blur over time. If you do remember them, you’ll remember them with laughter and reminisce at the sweetness of those precious times.
YOUR TURN: If you currently have a baby or a child under age six, do you travel often? Why or why not? If you have older children, did you travel when they were young? If yes, are you glad that you did? If no, do you wish you had?
This weekend is about traveling (more specifically, traveling with tots in tow). As usual, there will be tips, product reviews, giveaways, and photos. Stay tuned.