Have Baby, Will Travel

I just got a tweet from the lovely @JenBanksYEG who is on her way back from a weekend of debauchery relaxation and fun in Las Vegas. She told me that one of the things that she noticed while in Sin City was all the improper babywearing. My first thought was, really people? I am pretty sure Vegas switched from the whole 'family friendly' vacation thing a few years back. And then my next thought was, OK, if you are going to be taking your baby with you to Vegas, or anywhere else on vacation than the least I could do is offer some babywearing tips for how to do this more effectively.

Tip #1

Take your baby carrier with you and skip the big ass stroller. This may seem like a no brainer, but really, DO this! Think about how many of your friends have gone on holidays with their very expensive Bugaboos and Quinny's and the like, only to have them totally wrecked during transportation. Not to mention the hassle of getting the stroller through airport security and then to a holiday location that may not be extremely stroller friendly.

(If you really do need a stroller or any other bulky baby items, check into a baby gear rental company for where you are going. They can save you the hassle of transporting bulky items and is usually not too expensive. Maui has a fabulous company called Akamai Mother that we have used in the past and highly recommend!)

Tip #2

Bring a GOOD baby carrier with you. You know how I feel about crappy carriers. No crotch-danglers please!

Tip #3

Think about where you are going and what you will be doing. A trip to a tropical location with lots of beach and pool time? Take a water sling or wrap. Going to the mountains to do some hiking or anywhere where there will be lots of walking around? A soft-structured or buckle carrier may be what you need. Florida or Anaheim to hit up the Disney's? A lightweight gauze wrap or ring sling will keep you and baby from overheating.

Tip #4

If in doubt about what you will be doing and the different places you will be visiting while on holidays, take more than one carrier with you. I have been known to pack at least three carriers on all of our vacations and invariably end up using all of them at least once.

Tip#5

Practice with any new baby carriers BEFORE you get to you holiday destination (and get help/education if you need it). The last thing you want is to buy a fabulous new carrier and get to the airport, have a 3 hour flight delay and a cranky baby and then realize that you don't really know how to use your baby carrier properly!!

Incorporating babywearing while on holidays really is the best way to travel with babies and toddlers. You will most likely be getting away from your very carefully constructed routines from home and being able to wear your babies and toddlers can really help them with the changes that happen while away.  As long as there is a nice comfy and familiar tummy or back to snuggle into at times, they are likely to enjoy their vacation a whole lot more and trust me, so will you!

Happy Travels Everyone!

Natasha~

30 Days of Truth - Day FIVE: Something I hope to do in my life

I am having a hard time with this one.  Not because I can't think of things that I would like to do (sail the Mediterranean Sea, walk the Academy Awards Red Carpet, visit the Pyramids of Giza, star in my own hit sitcom), but because I have done some amazing things in my life already.  I really have had and do have a wonderful life.

I love that he is "kissing" her head! And yes, we were this close!

I have traveled to some amazing places and had incredible experiences.  I have seen the wildebeests in the Serengeti, watched lions mate in Ngorongoro Crater, eaten fresh fish from the fishermen on Zanzibar, tasted 'real' tequila on the Mayan Riviera, witnessed a mama humpback whale nursing her calf in the waters off Maui and zip-lined through a rain forest on St. Lucia.

I moved out of my parents house at 18 and put myself through school, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (you may not be able to tell, but I am a total lab geek!).  I have had major surgery three times in my life and have metal hips (I am SO not traveling to the US anytime soon!!).  I've worked in retail and in the health care world and eventually found myself in a fabulous career as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

I met and married the man of my dreams.  It took me a while and I had to try on a lot of 'shoes' before I found the one that fits, but it was worth all the heartache to find this one PERFECT fit!  We had the most perfect wedding EVER, and we work hard everyday to have a healthy marriage that will last as long as we do.

I have felt the incredible joy and thrill (and accompanying terror) of growing not just one but two human beings in my body.  I have seen what my body was meant to do and have been humbled by the awesomeness of giving birth to these two amazing creatures.  I have nourished them with my body, nurtured them with my heart and soul and get to have the immense privilege of watching them everyday growing into even more amazing individuals.

I am my own Boss!!  How great is that (OK, well sometimes it is not so great), but I am master of my own destiny, my successes and my failures.  I love being an entrepreneur and the highs and the lows that that brings.  One of my favourite books is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and it encompasses a lot of my philosophies in business and that you get what you put in to it.  I also firmly believe that nothing happens in this world until someone sells you something (think about that for a minute....). And so I own a retail business dedicated to what I love the most - BABIES!!

So what more do I hope to do in this life?  I hope to be around long enough to see my kids grow up and start their own adult lives.  I hope to be a grandma one day.  I hope to take a trip with my husband somewhere REALLY exotic and do things that are way out of the realm of our day-to-day lives.  I hope to be wildly successful at whatever I am doing (but who doesn't right?) and I hope that my writing continues to improve and that perhaps this blog is a new door to even more exciting things for me.

And I really hope that you all are enjoying all of this!!

Muah, Natasha~

What are your hopes for the future?  What do you really hope to do in this life?  Please share!