Monday, August 13, 2012

How *Not* to Take Your Little One on Vacation

We took a trip up into the mountains this weekend with Eli. It was his first overnight trip and the little guy did great! Ben and I though... well, let's just say we're still learning how to do this whole parenting thing. Here's a few tips we learned not to do next time:

1. Carry your child around outside at high altitude on a sunny day for a few hours with no hat or sunscreen. That little red nose is something every pediatrician loves.

2. Try to put your child into your new hiking backpack marked "for children who sit well" when he hasn't even sat up yet. When he screams, just try again. It's bound to work eventually, right?

3. Realize your mistake about the sun the day before, so dress him in a jacket, pants, socks and a hat to keep out the sun. When he cries, just keep walking.

4. Lay your child down in the grass to get some wiggles out, noticing only after he's coughing that he has been shoving handfuls of grass in his mouth. Protein anyone?

5. Forget that hotel rooms are cold and put your child to bed in a onesie with no socks or pants. Although the two-chair makeshift crib was pretty awesome (it really was!), the fact that he's freezing all night was not.

6. Stick your child in a creek up to his knees. If he looks grumpy, just do it again. That means he loves it.

7. Forget to clip you child's nails for a few weeks, and then wait for him to give himself a nasty scratch on his face that bleeds for a few minutes.

In all seriousness, keep your child safe and happy, and enjoy your trip. Traveling with kids can be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!


  1. I am a new follower from the Tea on Tuesday Social Hop! I would love to have you stop by and follow me as well :)

  2. AND that's all okay because we all do it. :) Make mistakes haha.

    Our first trip the bed was so high I couldn't reach LO to nurse her at night. My mom usually woke up and put her in the bed with me and we made a pillow baracade.

  3. Hi! I found you from the Bloggy Moms August blog hop. I am your newest follower. I hope you will come and follow me back!!/MelodyGravitt

  4. Just found your blog on SITS and this is just too cute and funny! Will definitely be following your blog.

  5. Eli will still be thankful that he got to go do cool stuff :)