My wife and I will soon be traveling alone without our son for just the second time since he was born. The trip is partly business and partly vacation all wrapped into one. Which means he’ll be staying with grandma and grandpa for a week while we’re away. They are ecstatic about having him come visit and I’m sure he’s going to have just as much fun but packing for the week is a big undertaking.
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Sleep dominates the talk in the first year or so of having a new baby. New parents commiserate over sleeping habits of their babies and the questions from others are usually focused on the nighttime hours.
“How are they sleeping?” “Are you getting any sleep?” “How many times is Baby waking up at night?” “Are they sleeping through the night yet?” That’s why we love having our go-to item to help make sleep (almost) a guarantee.
Cleaning up. As parents we probably spend more time collectively doing this than nearly any other activity. At least it feels like it! With Wyatt now nearly 16 months old, we’re having him help us put away his toys and learn the importance of helping. Some days he’s excited, some days he’s not.
Either way, for us it always starts with a song.
As I mentioned before, we spent the week before Christmas in Whistler, Canada on a ski vacation with family. While we were excited to tackle the slopes, Wyatt just isn’t old enough to be strapping on skis and flying downhill. Since he was too young for the ski school or the daycare, we had only one other option if all the adults wanted to ski together.
Allow a stranger to babysit.
The week before Christmas we packed up the house (at least it felt that way), loaded the car, and set off on a road trip north for a weeklong ski trip to Whistler, Canada. A beautiful winter wonderland with a drive that’s almost as stunning. It’s turned into somewhat of an every other year excursion for us, and this year was the first time Wyatt got to come along.
Traveling with a toddler is never easy. The stuff, the bulky cold weather clothes, the car activities, all had our car packed to the brim. We set off for the nine hour drive early on a Sunday morning wondering exactly how well Wyatt would do stuck in a car seat for so long?
Here’s how we succeeded.