9 Tips on how to travel smartly with an infant or toddler on your Emerald Coast beach vacation!

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Ever come back from a family vacation and feel like you need a vacation? You’re not alone. Traveling with an infant or toddler can feel like an endurance test rather than a relaxing interlude. The good news: traveling with toddlers doesn’t have to be grueling when you incorporate these nine vacation sanity-savers.

· Fill up the iPhone or iPod with family photos and videos

If you have an iPhone, it’s probably already loaded up with kid-friendly apps. When your little one tires of doodling or popping bubble wrap bubbles, pull out the big guns: family photos. Have you ever met a toddler who doesn’t love going through the family digital photo archive? All kids love it! It’s a chance to tell stories, reflect on the past, and remember the good times your family has had. In other words: a perfect way to begin a family vacation! When you get tired of explaining who’s who on every photo, it’s time to move on to home movies of your child. Unrepentant narcissists that they are, toddlers looooove seeing movies of themselves and people they know.

· Bring DVDs and headphones for the grown-ups, too

  • There’s a special kind of vacation hell you can discover the first time you travel with your baby. The baby can be already in bed by 7:00 PM, and basically you and your spouse are stuck in the room while on vacation. You cannot turn on the TV, because you don’t want your baby to wake up. But you probably already travel with a portable DVD player and kid DVDs, right? Make sure your player has two headphone jacks (or get a splitter) so that you can watch movies together in the hotel room after the baby goes down for the night. Another option…

· Get a suite

Suites aren’t just for VIPs; they’re also for parents who want to have a conversation with each other while their children are sleeping in the other room. Ask to reserve a suite, or consider vacationing at a suite hotel. Click here to view our Emerald Coast Rentals suites. Another bonus: suites generally have two TVs, so nobody needs to fight over the remote.

· Find a local sitter

  • Good help can be easy to find on vacation. The Babysitters at the beach offers resort/vacation Child Care in Destin, and Santa Rosa Beach all along 30A (and surrounding areas) in Florida. All babysitters go to your vacation rental property to babysit! It’s not like hiring a kid down the street, with this company, you know you’re getting someone insured, experienced, and capable of dealing with emergencies. And you can actually get out of the condo and go to dinner. A few hours’ break from the kids will go a long way toward enjoying the vacation!

· Get a room with a view

  • When you travel with a small child, you always want a room with a decent view because looking out the window is an extremely entertaining pastime for children. In My Vacation Haven in Miramar Beach, we offer different kind of properties for example properties with Gulf Views, Resort Views, Bay Views, Lake Views, Golf Course Views, Golf/Lake/Bay Views. Call and ask our professionals to help you find a suitable property just for you and your family.

· Always get new toys for the trip

Parents say that new, quiet activities are essential for a plane ride. We would highly recommend, to head to any kid’s store and fill up your baby’s toddler-sized backpack with stuff that he or she could take on plane ride. Go for light objects so the kid would be more likely to carry the backpack himself.

· Bring plenty of Band-Aids

  • Know what a toddler loves about having his very own box of Band-Aids? Everything. You can take them out of the box, put them back in the box, count them, line them up, pull them apart, cry when they don’t go back together. You can stick them on the seat, stick them on your body, stick them on your clothes, stick them on your parents, stick them on the airsickness bags, stick them on your stuffed animals, and then show your handiwork to the doting flight attendants. You can act out medical dramas with your parents if they aren’t too grouchy, you can color on the Band-Aid box, put pretzels in the box, take pretzels out of the box. the possibilities are endless.

· Print some coloring pages

Coloring books are great for traveling; custom-designed coloring books are even better. ( If you’re traveling by car, think about investing in a clipboard or another surface that your child can lean on while coloring.) Grab your stapler and a few sheets of paper, then go to any of these sites for free coloring pages you can print out and bring on your trip. A few examples below:

  • National Geographic Kids offers old-school illustrations of mustangs, Emperor penguins, prairie dogs, giant tree frogs, Western lowland gorillas, and three different kinds of sea turtles-all the wild animals you could possibly want.
  • A long trip is the perfect time to introduce your kid to vintage cartoon characters. Print out coloring pages with pictures of old-school cartoon characters and tell your kid the story of what happened.

· Going to a warm place? Don’t forget that afternoon nap conflicts with prime time on the beach

There are two strategies for dealing with the afternoon nap issue.

Option 1: Reserve a room with a balcony, or a first-floor room with outdoor access. It sounds simple, but we can tell you that it can make a huge difference in your happiness on your beach vacation. While your little ones are napping in your first-floor beachfront room, You can sit outside in the sun and read books or chat with friends. Click here to view our 1st floor beachfront condo here. Or you can also rent a villa with outdoor access as well. The good thing is that most of our villas are located on the first floor and feature an outdoor access, where you can enjoy lake or golf course views. Click here for more info.

Option 2: Avoid hotels and go to a family-friendly resorts and rent a condo or a house instead. Renting a condo is more like a house, it’s easier to put the little one down for a nap, then hang out on the porch or in the living room – just like at home.

Some info was taken from Babble.com

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