Ever since the first mention of this year’s Thanksgiving, the girls have been anxiously awaiting their next trip on what they are calling “The Thanksgiving Train (exclamation point).” I can relate. When I was young, my family traveled by train over many Thanksgiving weekends from Oregon to Seattle to visit relatives. For my brother and I, it was always an adventure–a chance to meet other kids, explore fascinating ViewLiner cars and snack cars, and of course: flush the toilets to see the tracks whizzing by below. Like most kids growing up in the States, train travel was a novelty for us and we counted ourselves lucky to do it at all.
Current Giveaway: Have a tip to share on how you help your child get to sleep in strange places—or a lesson learned on how not to?! I have another giveaway in progress for a DVD/CD combo set of the travel-friendly Lullaby Exercises by Chicks-n-Chickens (makes a great gift for new moms). Post your tip in the comments for Get a Baby Bedtime Routine that Travels by Monday night. I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday.
Pictured Above: As I strolled down the hall while mentally sifting through best baby travel moments this week, I stopped in my tracks as I passed this shot of me celebrating my birthday at Pompeii with Baby Angelina on my hip. What a day, what a moment. As I look at the picture, I still feel just as I did then and there contemplating “How lucky am I?” (This photo is part of Photo Friday at DeliciousBaby.com.)
To those families hoping to do the “full-meal deal” Disneyland Resort Vacation experience in 2009, take a look at the promotion just announced by Alaska Airlines. Families that take advantage of Alaska’s “Kids Fly Free to Disneyland” packages for will get more than just free airfare for the kids.
Here’s what you can get:
- Roundtrip airfare for one child (2-11 years) per adult from Alaska and Horizon departure cities (prices will vary based on city).
- Four nights for the price of 3 at the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort.
- Free lunches and dinners from the kids’ menu each time the adult buys one entree (one free child per purchased adult entree) at the Clarion.
- One 5-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket for one child and one adult.
- 1,500 bonus miles for each passenger, in addition to the miles earned en route if you book through Alaska Air Vacations online.
To get the deal:
- Book before March 18, 2009
- Travel between January 7, 2009 and June 17, 2009
- And go to www.alaskaair.com to click on the special.
A few extra tips:
- Book early to get the best deal since space is limited.
- Trying for spring break or early summer? You can “change up” your destination airport within the area and/or hotel if you like with their vacation booking engine, which may be helpful for finding your best deal if the initial advertised deal sells out during your dates.
Free signed, gift-wrapped copy of Travels with Baby mailed to the recipient of your choice with your gift note. Ends tonight!
Free Lullaby Exercises CD/DVD combo set ($29.95 value). Ends Monday.
I think I finally found the antidote for the Post-Trans-Atlantic-Flight-Jetlagged-Baby Blues. And I’m giving it away to one lucky reader.
Whether you’re landing in the unfamiliar setting and soundtrack of a relative’s home or the the crazy new time zone of Rome, the question of how you’ll help your child adjust to changes in sleeping routines can have everything to do with how prepared you feel for your journey–and an awful lot to do with how much you’ll be able to enjoy it.
“How Do You Help Your Child Sleep in a Strange New Place?”
announce the winner on Tuesday, so be sure to check back then so you can email me your address if you are the winner!
As with any place a family visits annually, seeing the pronounced changes in its children from one year to the next, Yosemite will always have a special place in our hearts. For us, it’s where Angelina took her first independent steps right in the Upper Pines Campground (the year after this photo was taken), among other great memories. It was also during the trip when this photo was taken, that Tim very innocently asked me, “So, what do you want to do next?” He, of course, was thinking in terms of eating lunch, hiking up the falls, or something of a more logical nature.
I’ll have more giveaways and some fantastic prizes for traveling parents coming up between now and New Year’s Day, so stay tuned. And once again, I’m participating in DeliciousBaby.com‘s photo Friday, so head over there to see more fun travel photos–or post one of your own!
Create an iHealth Record (now a.k.a. Google Health). An iHealth Record stores each family member’s health information in one convenient, secure place. Prescriptions, allergies, vaccinations, blood type, and insurance information can be instantly accessed by a medical professional if and when needed anywhere in the world where internet access is available. Ask your doctor or find out more at www.iHealthRecord.org.
Stay healthy! Make sure everyone in your household is getting reasonable amounts of rest and drinking plenty of fluids–especially children who have had runny noses or congestion in the week or two prior to travel. Drinking extra water helps the body stay healthy and cope with the stresses of travel in many ways. If you’ll be flying or driving through mountain passes, the extra fluids will also help thin any mucus that might block the ears and make it difficult to adjust to changes in pressure.
If you need to find a doctor away from home, in Canada or in the U.S., you can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics online and find referrals throughout North America. Website: www.aap.org/referral.
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