Time for a Vacation
Like parenthood itself, a family vacation is both wonderful and a big headache. It's expensive but full of moments to cherish. Is it worth all the trouble if it leaves you feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation? We say definitely. The editors of American Baby do a lot of traveling ourselves! Here's advice we've gleaned from experience.
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Surviving the Long Drive
Every summer, Managing Editor Kate Kelly and her husband drive their three sons on an 18-hour trip to Canada. Their lessons learned:
Break up the trip. Keeping kids in car seats for more than 6 hours means misery. "We stay with friends one night, stay at a hotel the other night, and stop at local attractions along the way," Kelly says.
Take blankets and pillows to help kids nap in the car.
Get a portable DVD player. At Best Buy and Amazon.com, kid-friendly models range from $100 to $250.
Give kids daily playtime at parks or fast-food playgrounds.