What I love best about the BedBugz inflatable bed rail – aside from the fact that thanks to it I no longer have to sleep with one eye open, ready to leap out of my hotel bed to make sure my toddler or preschooler doesn’t spontaneously flop out of hers – is that it helps you make the most of extra beds where you find them as you travel with toddlers.
If you find yourself in any of these situations when you travel with your family, chances are you’ll be glad to have a BedBugz onboard (or in your suitcase at any rate):
- Will you co-sleep during travel?
- Will you stay in hotels where two double/queen beds are an option – but a Pack ‘n Play may not be?
- Will you stay with relatives who have an extra bed – but not a portacrib or Pack ‘N Play?
- Will you stay anywhere that offers a pull-out sofabed you could use – if you had one of these?
- Will you stay in a cruise ship cabin or train compartment where berths are narrow and fall-out risks are even greater?
Since it straps around the mattress and adjusts to fit a variety of mattress sizes, you have a snug fit that is far safer than piling pillows or sofa cushions, or pushing chairs up alongside of the hotel bed (trust me, I’ve tried it all). The cover is also removable and washable – also definite pluses.
Clearly there is a good case for traveling with two of these, and since they pack down to almost nothing and weigh very little, that’s do-able. However, we have done pretty well with just one (which I paid for myself, BTW). Great applications you might try for your BedBugz inflatable bed rail:
- Turn it sideways to create a narrow and cozier sleeping zone for smaller children between the headboard and bed rail of a queen-size hotel bed.
- Use it in the center of a queen-size hotel bed to help keep siblings from waking each other.
- Use it as a soft bumper that goes the length of your toddler bed at home (much more kid-friendly than the metal frame rails).
Worried about huffing and puffing? Have enough inflatables to fill on your next resort vacation? Go with the BedBugz deluxe that comes with its own lightweight foot pump.
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Many travelers are surprised to learn that Costa Rica, though still categorized as a developing nation and famed for its rugged and largely unpaved roads, has car seat laws. What may surprise traveling parents even more, however, is to learn that those car seat and safety booster laws are actually stricter than current child passenger safety laws in California—or elsewhere in the United States.
Fortunately, most major airlines still grant passengers free checked or gate-checked car seats and boosters (call your airline if you’re not sure). But if you have already discarded your booster once used by your 11-year-old and have no immediate plans of travel to the U.K. or anywhere else he might still need one, or you want to travel as light as possible to Costa Rica, you can opt to rent a car seat or booster along with your rental car, with rates ranging from $5 per day per car seat or booster from Thrifty SJO to Avis’s unknown rate TBD at time of rental (no thanks!).
How about you?
Do you have a helpful Costa Rica travel tip or suggestion for families? Comment below or contact me about sharing your recommendations.
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P.S. I should mention that I found Vamos 4×4 on my own and they did not sponsor this post, nor are they giving me a free set of wheels in Costa Rica.
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This blog has been sailing along at a pretty steady clip since the new year, but last week my little guy got hit by the flu and some things had to slide–including a little childcare I was planning on to help get some projects finished. As I started to stress out about some deadlines and other things I had imagined going vastly differently last week, I had to remind myself, “What good is being self-employed if you can’t take a couple of sick days now and then–especially for your kids?” I know, self-employed people and stay-at-home moms everywhere laugh heartily.
Nevertheless, as I held my feverish tot to me in the 48th hour and stared at my nelected laptop across the kitchen where my screensaver flashed images of past travels, this one from our stay at Franklyn D. Resort caught my eye. “Oh, yes. Jamaica.”
It was within my first two hours of being in Jamaica that I had a blazing flash of insight: Americans walk like they have sticks up their butts! Forgive the crude, Middle-school-esque phrase, but if you have spent some time in “Mediterranean time,” or “Tico time,” or “Island time” in general, you probably know what I mean.
I think you carry yourself differently when you spend your days in a highly litigious society founded largely by Puritans. This is not to discredit the litigators or Puritans who have contributed much to the United States’ culture and history… but thank goodness we’ve had other influences for our music and dance heritage.
And on that note, you just try leaving Jamaica without strains of, ”Don’t worry… about a thing… ’cause every little thing… is gonna be all right,” passing through your mind–and even your body–both night and day. So as the Jamaica slide show continued on the abandoned computer and I fought a cramp in my bicep supporting the 23 lbs. or pure love in my arms I’d worried over for two days and nights, I took a deep breath, loosened up a little, and I began to sing.
You know the tune.
How about you?
Where have you gone that made you rethink how you handle situations at home?
4% said they already have, and they will again
2% said they have – and they won’t again!
Update on Amazon’s new book availabity –
Take-Along Travels with Baby has temporarily sold out from Amazon’s standard stock, but additional copies are still available from Amazon.com with an extra discount from “Travels with Baby Books.” Go to “More Buying Choices” and select Travels with Baby Books to get the discount and qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping (Amazon Prime also available) – or just click here. You can also download it immediately in the Kindle edition with apps for “take-along gadgets.”
To spice up any family road trip, add one ferry boat ride. In the San Juan Islands, a ride from Anacortes will not only lead you through spectacular scenery freed from your car seats and seat belts, all with the chance of spotting orcas and other wildlife, but you can eat hot dogs and popcorn, and drink a cold beer at the same time. With kids, the entertainment is clearly built-in. After exploring multiple levels of the ferry, getting snacks, and waving to sailboats, there will inevitably be a playdate with other young kids onboard at this helm for wee-skippers-in-training. Let everybody have a turn, please!
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I am quite used to travelling, having visited more than 30 countries, but with two babies it is quite a different game and I am a bit nervous about that (especially long flights, jet lag, but also hygiene and health safety over there) !!!
I will be travelling with my husband so we’ll be two adults with the two babies. I am mostly concerned with the oldest one (which will turn two years old) as he seems to be already in his “terrible two” phase (hahaha). The other one I am planning on breastfeeding but might have to introduce cereals while travelling as he will have between 5 months 1/2 and 6 months 1/2.
Again, I really really appreciate any tips and comments and thank so much for putting it as an “Ask Shelly” on your blog !!!
Have a good day,
Keep a supply of travel-size anti-bacterial hand wipes ready as places to wash hands can be much harder to find in these areas, and you’ll need to be prepared for many strangers touching the hands of your children in admiration–in addition to whatever else your little ones may put their own hands to. You may also find it much simpler to just continue breastfeeding exclusively through your trip for a variety of reasons, food and water safety among them. I think it always wise in situations like yours to also look at a traveler’s medical evacuation insurance plan (like Medjet) as a back-up in the event that any member of your family, child or adult, should need serious medical treatment–you’ll all get a private and expeditious ride to the hospital of your choice back home.
Good luck! We’d love to hear how it goes for you and any tips you have for the rest of us after your return.
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No one likes to imagine a family city stay among magnificent parks and outdoor landmarks only to end up huddled like pigeons under the eaves until dashing to the next museum or café—particularly when you’re on vacation with a small child who needs exercise, fresh air, and… adventure.
My husband still recalls the week his family spent in Kaui… holed-up in a hotel room playing cards and Connect Four instead of snorkeling and frolicking on the beach. We’ve huddled under redwoods more than once when the camping got a bit soggier than expected, and on our trip to Andalucia where they get a record number of sunny days per year… we got a couple of the other kind.
On break in glorious Spain, it was no time for moping. There was only one thing for us to do: get kid-friendly bubble umbrellas and go adventuring.
With a kids’ clear bubble umbrella, we’ve learned, your pint-sized navigator can still see the sights above and below—not to mention the taller pedestrians, including you as her guide—all while managing her own umbrella (with pride). Not to mention, the vertical shield of a bubble umbrella helps keep the wind out of her face and better protects her from rain.
- Old world adventures? Head to the park and stomp in puddles, seek out storm clouds, and behold the glory of rain shooting through the spouters of an ancient cathedral.
- Big city breaks? Go on a walking tour of intriguing hotel lobbies around the city center, and don’t miss the rides up in glass elevators where available–fun, even in rain.
- Beach vacations? Even a walk on the beach, docks, and boardwalk in the rain beats the heck out of holing-up all afternoon with a stack of DVDs, which you’ll no doubt have time to watch in the evenings.
After while, you’ll both be ready to settle into that cafe and enjoy a hot chocolate, and later a warm bath, knowing you’ve seen at least one side of your destination.
For the best kid’s travel umbrella, look for:
- A clear cover that won’t inhibit your child’s visibility
- Covered safety tips that won’t be poking hazards to your child or others
- Pinch-proof mechanisms for opening and closing
- A hook handle that is easy for your child to use and can hang from your stroller handle when desired, your hotel room’s door knob or shower rod while drying.
Most of these children’s umbrellas are very lightweight and small enough to fit length-wise in your suitcase.
For tips on family road trips in foul weather, see Best-Bet Rainy Day Road Stops in the new Take-Along Travels with Baby.
Do I really need to explain why this is a Photo Fave of mine?
My solution in this case was the ever-versatile Moby Wrap.
Here’s wishing you all a very happy Lunar New Year and great luck in the Year of the Rabbit!
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