Guest Post: Jillian Pye of Three for the Road
July 26, 2011, 2:43 pm
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The beautiful Pye Family. Photo credit to Adam & Eve Photography

With summer upon us I know a lot of you (myself included) have been doing some traveling. Traveling with a baby and/or toddler (or in my case toddlers) can be a nerve wracking experience.  I’ve asked some of my fav mamas to share their thoughts and advice on traveling with their little ones. All of these lovely ladies make traveling with a tot look like a breeze!

Our first contributor is Jillian Pye from Three for the Road. I love Jillian’s blog, it’s a great example of how NOT to lose yourself once you have a child. The Pye family have set out to live this life to the fullest and follow their dreams with babe in tow. They are breaking the mold for how to raise a family, proving that dedicating yourself to your passions can provide a wealth of life experience for your children. With out further ado….here is Jillian’s thoughts on road tripping it family style.

Hi Everybody! I’m Jillian and I blog over at Three for the Road—today I’m going to talk to you about traveling with a little one. For the past few months my family has been traveling on the road full time on tour with my husband’s music. A long time ago we made the promise that no matter what happened in our lives (kids, school, job changes, etc), we would all stick together. It is really popular in the lives of musicians for significant others and children to be left behind at home–and since that isn’t really our style, we made tour a big family affair.

Along the way I have learned a few tips that I would love to share with you, I am by no means an expert but maybe you will learn something new for your next family road trip!
One of the biggest things that will make your trip easier will be factoring in comfort
–Make sure your kiddo is wearing clothes that are comfortable & fitting for the temperatures in your car (Cash is hot natured, so I dress him according to that) Always have some soft blankets on hand, extra socks and a jacket (no matter what you think the temperature is going to be at your destination.)
–Nothing is worse than sun in your eyes or getting sun burnt through a car window! There are some great window shades on the market for your car, we have one similar to this one and this one is great too. Also make sure to put sun screen on your little one, just in case–protecting their sweet little skin is so important.
You obviously never want your little one to go hungry, but you especially want them to be full of things that are good and nutritious for them,
–One of the hardest things I crossed was making sure that Cash was still eating well & balanced even though we were always on the run! I could make sure that he got his veggies in by giving him one of these, fresh fruit was always an easy thing to pick up & didn’t make a mess, & the classic pb&j was great & easy for in the car. (other favorites include:cubed cheese, chewy granola bars, & baked chips)
–Making sure your kids are eating right will also help to make sure they are pooping. Which is something you might not think of, but it is NO fun to be stuck traveling with a constipated baby!
Entertainment and learning are important in your travels as well, a little nugget whose mind is stimulated will be a happy & healthy traveler!
–We always brought plenty of books & cars for Cash to play with but some unconventional toys you might not have thought of that we always bring along are: a harmonica, a moracca & small ukulele–we would spend plenty of time singing songs and making music together as a family, it was always a big hit!
–I would take the time to talk to Cash about what we were driving by and seeing and I would ask him questions about what he thought. Although your little one might not be much of a conversationalist yet, you will be surprised at what they learn just from hearing you talk.
–Something that is not necessary but was always helpful when we had a really long drive was having a portable dvd player. We wouldn’t put it up until the day was starting to wear on and we were running out of fun activities.
Flying: I have only taken Cash on a plane one time since he was born–and it was just recently when he was 22 months old. I was expecting it to be really hard, but it actually went amazingly well! We were running late for our flight because of security and were actually the last people to board the plane. We sat in a window seat & Cash got to watch the plane take off–we talked about what was going on and about 10 minutes in I pulled his blankie out and he fell asleep right in my lap. He slept basically our whole flight and woke up 15 minutes before we landed, while he was asleep I was able to fill his cup with the apple juice that the flight attendant brought by and had some pretzels waiting for him when he awoke. He at his food and drank his juice and talked the whole time about being in an “ahhplaane.” It was an exceptionally lucky day!
Last words 😉
–Always bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate with you–it will come in handy if you have an emergency and need to fly home at some point on your trip. (We had a BIG ordeal at the airport trying to prove that Cash wasn’t 2 yet!)
–Don’t forget that kids are tough cookies and are good at adjusting and being flexible to your family’s life, let them be a baby–but don’t baby them too much! (Cash was sick at one point on the trip and we let him have his pacifier & watch Blues Clues to his heart’s content…when he got better he thought that was still the M-O. Not so!)
–Enjoy your time together as a family and don’t stress out about the trip too much. Make your plans, but know that they might not happen exactly as you planned. And don’t forget to take lots of photos!
Cash is as cute as can be!
Thanks so much Jillian! Be sure to check out the Pye family’s adventures on their blog, facebook, twitter, and etsy shop.

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