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Family Summer Vacations with Little Ones

May 14, 2012 09:26AM ● By Brian O

Shelly Rivoli vacationing in Yosemite

A Few Tips for Planning Summer Getaways with Family

Warm weather has finally arrived, and parents everywhere are starting to plan family vacations. But traveling with a little one can be challenging and requires preparation. Family travel expert Shelly Rivoli, author of "Travels with Baby," helps moms and dads beat the heat and plan a no-stress summer vacation for their entire family - including the youngest of the bunch. 

Rivoli knows all about vacations with little ones as a mother of three, and has even changed diapers on four continents. "When planning a vacation for the entire family, it's important to plan simply and only bring necessities for trips," said Rivoli.

Here are more of Rivoli's tried and true tips and tricks for making the most of this summer's trip.

Timing Is Everything 

Stick to your baby's regular sleep schedule as best you can to ensure a satisfied little one. If your baby sleeps well in the car, you can look forward to putting on miles during naptime drives. However, if your child has trouble sleeping in the car, consider leaving first thing in the morning or right after naptime to make sure your little traveler gets the rest he or she needs to enjoy the adventure.

Bring Liquids Onboard 

When you travel with a baby or toddler, airport security will alloyou to bring a "reasonable amount" of extra liquids for your child, based on your itinerary. Place any prepared bottles, baby food or boxes of shelf-stable milk in a large, clear zip-top bag to present at airport security as you pass through with your child.

Beat the Heat 

During summer travel, long rides in the car can be even warmer for tots riding snugly within a car seat. To keep your child cool and comfortable, dress him or her down to a vacation-ready diaper. 

Pace Your Road Trip 

Plan a meaningful pit stop for your family at least every two hours on the road for fresh air and exercise. Even rest areas may have space to roll a ball or chase bubbles and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Simplify Diapering on the Go 

Carrying just one or two diapers at a time in your purse with a travel pack of stylish baby wipes will make it much simpler to change baby on the go. Remember to restock your purse or daypack as needed.

Stick to the Routine 

Traveling babies need the stability of their daily routines to stay happy, especially for naptime or bedtime. If you and your baby go through a nightly bedtime ritual at home, stick to it. Even with the change in scenery, you and your little one will enjoy your special routine and ensure a restful slumber.

Packing Checklist

Diaper Bag Essentials

  • Diapers and wipes (5/day + 2 extra)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Portable changing pad 
  • Disposable diaper bags

Go-To Gear

  • Car seat
  • Lightweight stroller
  • Baby carrier
  • Portable crib
  • Portable clip-on highchair

Home Away From Home 

  • Pacifiers 
  • Pajamas
  • Stuffed animal/ doll/blankie 
  • Books 
  • Music 
  • Crib sheets 
  • Waterproof crib mattress pad

Fashionable Protection No Matter Beach or Backyard 

This summer, dress your little ones to be "Cute for a Cause" and contribute to the fight against diaper need. These vacation-ready Hawaiian Diapers allow mom to stylishly accessorize baby for the hot summer - for a trip to the pool or a family getaway - while also helping a baby in need. For every pack purchased, Huggies Every Little Bottom will help diaper a baby in need for a day.

Tips courtesy of Huggies Hawaiian Diapers and Wipes.