Our BabySafeTravel.com travel blog is a collection of travel adventures taken by families with their baby or small children. You will not only hear about neat places to travel to, but you will learn some strategies for traveling with your baby. We all know that traveling with your baby is not always easy, but it is rewarding on so many levels to watch your child discover the world by being exposed to new places.
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August 22, 2011
In September of 2010, my husband and I took our son on his first vacation to Orlando, Florida. My husband was sent to a conference at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and our 3 year old son and I tagged along for the trip.
It was my son’s first time on an airplane, and I packed a lot of little toys and snacks for the ride, but he was mostly content staring out the window. He loves airplanes and was so excited to fly on one. When we arrived at the hotel, I was thrilled with how beautiful it was; it has an Italian theme, so there are Vespa scooters all around that Jack liked to climb on, a water taxi to drive you to a shopping and theme park area, great Italian food and treats at the many restaurants, and a beautiful, lush beach pool area, complete with water slides. My son and I spent the days my husband had to work at a beautiful beach pool, playing in the sand, going down the slide, and enjoying the water. A kids’ pool coordinator was there during the day, and Jack got to join in on games like “Red Light, Green Light” and “Simon Says,” which he really enjoyed.
August 15, 2011
A few weeks ago, our family attempted our first vacation with both children. My kids are 2 and almost 4, so we decided on a road trip from our home outside of Dallas to San Antonio. We stayed for 3 nights at the Hyatt Wild Oak Resort and spent our trip enjoying the hotel’s amenities, enjoying two days at Sea World, and going to the Riverwalk one evening. It was a fabulous trip!
I found the Hyatt Wild Oak while looking for a place to stay that caters to families and young children –the Wild Oak fit the bill! It more than exceeded my expectations. With a beach, lazy river, water slides, playground, fire pits for s’mores, and much more, there was a variety of stuff to do. I really think we could have stayed on the premises the whole trip and had a blast. My kids loved the beach area and lazy river the most. My son was disappointed that he was not tall enough for either water slide, but hopefully when we return, he will meet the height requirement.
July 25, 2011
Hayden took his first trip overseas, to London, at the ripe old age of 15 months! However, getting him a passport was a HUGE ordeal. They did not finish it on time to mail it (despite many urgent phone calls and admittedly some tears), so my dad was super generous and drove down to Houston with me to try to get it in person from the Houston Passport Agency, only ONE day before our scheduled departure. So we drove about 4 1/2 hours each way and got extremely lucky because they had JUST completed his passport about 10 minutes before we arrived and they were able to hand it right over. Talk about relief. So it was a long day, but worth it to be able to depart on time with no worries.
Despite being only 15 months old, he was just a dream child on the plane on the way over – it was like traveling with another fun adult. We did manage to get him his own seat, and they even had extra meals that they gave him. So he sat like a little adult all strapped in, and ate his grown-up airplane meal, played a little bit, ran the aisles for awhile, then fell asleep stretched out between my mom and I for about 6 hours! We didn’t sleep much because we were worried he’d roll of the seat, and we had legs and arms pushing on us, but the important thing was that he got sound sleep, and he woke up in time to have breakfast and look out the windows at landing. Unfortunately the ride home wasn’t so smooth…..but I’ll save that for later!
July 11, 2011
Our annual trip to Colorado got off on the wrong foot this year, when both boys came down with bad ear infections and were in no condition for air travel. We literally were told by the doctor the afternoon before our flight that they could not fly! Instead, we booked a last minute car rental, and set out on a ROAD TRIP at 7 pm that night. Fast planning, but we were desperate for this trip and all the fun that it brings our family yearly. We could not miss it over an ear infection!
Let me just say, I don’t think I have EVER stayed up all night before. Not fun. Also, we had conveniently blocked out the fact that there was a major winter storm and ice storm that had just hit Oklahoma, and 2 hours into our trip we were down to 20 mph and driving on a complete sheet of ice. Terrifying. Luckily the weather moderately improved in Kansas, and after a disastrous breakfast stop at a Burger King in eastern Colorado (Pierce spilling a giant mug of coffee on the floor, and Hayden eating French toast sticks until he threw up), we finally pulled up to Denver International Airport to pick up my parents (who took the flight we were supposed to be on!). We actually beat them, so Hayden was able to watch airplanes take-off and land for about an hour, which was a total bonus. Then off we went to the mountains. Read More
June 20, 2011
We had our much anticipated Gomer family trip to Durango in mid-August. It was AH-mazing. Loved every minute of it, and we are so thankful to my in-laws for making it possible for us. Every year they give all of us kids the gift of a weekend getaway (for our birthday and Christmas presents), and this year they have outdone themselves. In the past we have done winter weekends at cute and cozy B&Bs in the mountains, and we spent one great week at a cabin in Yellowstone, and this year, they rented two beautiful cabins on the shores of Vallecito Lake, outside of Durango, CO, and we were all able to share a weekend of fun and family, making great memories together.