6 Ways to Vacation Smoothly with Small Children

vacation home rental in orlando florida near DisneyIf you have a few small kids (or even one), you might be concerned about traveling to Orlando. The good news is that with a little careful planning, you can set anxiety aside and have a great time. Before you embark, here are some tips.

1. Stay in a vacation home. There’s no need to worry about your kids causing a commotion in a hotel if you rent a vacation home in Orlando Florida near Disney. There’s plenty of space for them to run around, even a yard and possibly a pool. If you have a big family, you can save on money with a vacation home rental as well.

2. Travel as light as you can. When you have kids, you tend to bring a lot of stuff around with you, so do your best to pack as light as possible. If you’re staying for an extended stay of two weeks or more, pack a single week’s worth of clothing and wash them once rather than carry two week’s worth. If possible, ship any of your gear and supplies ahead of you.

3. Schedule your day around naps. Just because there’s a lot of excitement doesn’t mean your kids can go without their regular sleep. Plan your day so it includes a quick stop back at the vacation home rental so your kids can get some sleep. If they are well-rested, they are sure to have a better time.

4. Bring distractions. When you’re in the air or on the road, your kids will get bored easily and begin to irritate mom and dad. Bring plenty of distractions for the car ride so they have something to do. Tablets and smart phones with games are simple, portable and keep kids busy for hours.

5. Don’t limit yourself. Orlando Florida and Disney are wonderful kid-friendly places. There’s no need to limit your vacation in any way because you have the kids around. Enjoy your favorite shows, attractions and restaurants with the whole family. Don’t worry that something might not be PG-rated. It all is!

6. Keep emergency contact information on your kids. In the event that you get separated in one of the parks (since they can be quite busy), put emergency contact information in the pocket of each child. Remind them that it’s there so they can tell a security guard or park personnel that they are lost.

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Guest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

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Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Floridadiscount vacation home rentals, or other Florida destinations.

We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

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How to Relax on a Family Vacation

Relax on a Family VacationAs if vacation isn’t relaxing enough, sometimes parents are looking for that additional feeling of not having a care in the world! With all the stress of our daily jobs and chores, it’s such a great feeling to be able to take a vacation and enjoy the calmness and serenity of relaxation. Here are some great ways to relax while on your next family vacation:

Spa

The spa is well known as one of the most relaxing places you can visit, and especially while on vacation. Since most resorts and vacation destinations offer spa treatments, parents should take the time out of their day to enjoy a relaxing massage and/or facial, while letting the kids have fun on their own.

Sunbathing

If you’re on vacation, there’s a good chance you’ve traveled to someplace warm and sunny. When you get the chance, head to the nearest beach, set up a comfortable lounge chair, and just soak up the sun! It sounds so simple, but the feeling of relaxation is inevitable when you have nothing to worry about aside from sunburn!

Keep it Simple

While it’s always smart to plan out each day of your vacation, try to keep it as simple as possible. The last thing you want to do is worry about schedules and meeting times during your vacation away from work. Try to plan one primary activity for the day and let the cards fall as they may! This will undoubtedly lead to a more relaxed trip for the entire family.

Connecting Rooms

When booking the hotel that your family will stay in, try to find ones that offer connecting rooms. You owe it to yourself as parents, and to your children, to provide separate living quarters while on vacation. The adults deserve privacy and peace and quiet when necessary, and the kids will have a much better time at night knowing they don’t have to be super quiet to appease their parents.

Book with a Budget

Booking with a budget in mind doesn’t mean settling for a poor quality vacation in order to save money. Try to book your family trip with a budget in mind to take the pressure off of you once you actually make it to your destination. If you’re able to get a great deal and/or save money in the booking process, there will be a lot less stress about spending money and having a good time while on your vacation.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Travel Must Haves for Moms-To-Be

traveling while pregnantAs if travel preparations weren’t difficult enough, doing it while you’re pregnant makes things even trickier. If you can get your doctor’s blessing and make smart preparations, there’s no reason to miss out on enjoying travel. If you’re planning on hitting the road, learning how to stay comfortable and educate yourself about which activities are safe, will also go a long way to make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some packing essentials for your trip as a mom-to-be:

Comfortable Clothes

Expecting moms should know to wear whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. Taking it a step further, it’s best to wear a dress or separates, such as a skirt or pants with a top, to accommodate frequent trips to the bathroom. Drawstring pants or those with elastic waists are also good choices for pregnant mothers. Another good tip is to layer your clothing to cope with sudden temperature changes; whether it’s the chilly environment of an air-conditioned airport or the stuffy, warm bus that is crowded with people.

Snacks and Drinks

Whether you’ll be on a long road trip or flying for a few hours on a plane, making sure to stay hydrated and prepared with snacks is going to be an important part of the trip. As you now know, you’re eating and drinking for two, and this will show in how quickly you get hungry or thirsty. Make sure to pack an ample amount of snacks and drinks so that you don’t find yourself uncomfortably hungry or thirsty while you’re stuck in an airplane seat. Also, you’ll be able to pack your favorite healthy options rather than relying on a random convenience store or whatever they are serving on the plane.

Important Paperwork

Some paperwork that could come in handy during your travels includes items like your insurance information, medical records, and emergency contact information. All of this paperwork may either be necessary to travel or just helpful and useful to have available when you’re far from home. Obtaining a doctor’s note that says it is safe for you to travel on an airplane may also be very helpful to have.

Sanitizer/Supplements

Maintaining your health and trying to avoid germs is crucial while you’re pregnant. An airport is one the most germ-ridden places you could be, so being sure to plan for this is important. Hand sanitizer will certainly come in handy as you make your rounds through airport security, bathrooms, and on the airplane. Prenatal vitamins and supplements are also great to have to provide your body with what it needs to be healthy while you’re carrying your little one.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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We’re Back From Our Cruise!

Last week our we went on a family cruise to the Caribbean! Cruising with little kids could be a little difficult considering the cramped space of the cabins. However, we still had a blast! With Alexa still in diapers and sleeping in a crib, we had to be very efficient in how we unpacked our room. I packed each day of the kids clothes in Ziploc bags to stay organized. That helped a lot.

This cruise had watersides, a ropes course, rock climbing wall, mini golf, and much more! There was so much to do we never got bored! I loved having this family time and we made so many memories. We also celebrated Ryan’s 4th Birthday! I can’t believe how big he is getting! He was so excited when he woke up to a decorated room. We spent his birthday in St. Maartin. It was so hot, but we had fun sight-seeing on the French side of the island.

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Mark and I had an opportunity for some alone time too and we decided to go zip-lining in St. Thomas. That was tons of fun and the views were breathtaking!

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Nothing is better then disconnecting from the world and spending quality time with family!

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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How to Make Summer Travel with Baby More Comfortable

make summer travel with baby more comfortableDuring this time of year, many of us will be taking vacations. The summer is the easiest time to travel. Perhaps you’re visiting a beach, an amusement park, or off to see your family. Many people shy away from traveling because they have a newborn or baby. They avoid traveling because they believe it won’t be comfortable for anyone. This isn’t the case! With a little bit of planning, you can make summer travel more comfortable for you and baby. Use these tips:

1. Using a nursing cover-up.

It’s your right to breastfeed your baby wherever you see fit, but if covering up makes you feel more comfortable, pick up a simple, lightweight nursing cover to drape over yourself. You want something that isn’t too hot for you and baby but won’t make you feel exposed.

2. Be liberal with the sunscreen.

Sunburn on young, delicate skin is no joke. A sunburn early in life significantly increases the chances of skin cancer later on. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Make sure to get the tops of feet, noses, and ears. Apply thirty minutes before going out and reapply after spending time in the water.

3. Feed during takeoffs and landings.

Babies don’t understand how to equalize the pressure in their ears during a flight’s takeoff or landing, and it’s not like you can explain it. To compensate, offer your baby your breast, a bottle, or a pacifier during these periods so they instinctually suck and relieve the pressure.

4. Practice with the travel crib.

It’s hard for babies to fall asleep somewhere new for the first time. If you’re bringing a travel crib to the hotel, have your baby nap (or even spend a night) in a travel crib so he gets used to the environment.

5. Schedule travel time during nap time.

Wherever possible, plan to do the majority of your traveling when your baby is asleep. If your little one usually takes a nap at two in the afternoon, try to find a flight that takes off around that time. Keep your baby awake beforehand so he falls asleep while you’re getting on the plane. This will be more comfortable for him, you, and your fellow passengers.

6. Dress your baby in something accessible.

You’ll want to dress your baby in something comfortable so he stays calm throughout the trip. Forgo the buckles, snaps, and tight collars for a comfy set of pajamas. No one is judging you by what your baby is wearing on the plane or in the car. Further, he should be wearing something that easily opens so you can get to the diaper without completely undressing him.

7. Send big items ahead of you.

When you’re traveling with a baby, you might end up lugging some big items around. Don’t struggle carrying that stroller, pack and play, or feeding seat through the airline. Ship them to the hotel or vacation rental ahead of time. They’ll be happy to hold on to them in storage and leave them in your room when you arrive. This also works for bulk items you’ll need like diapers and wipes.

8. Be flexible.

Most importantly, plan some flexibility into your schedule. Don’t plan a rigid itinerary. If you’re driving, you may have to stop a few more times than you plan. If you’re flying, you probably won’t make it across the airport in 10 minutes. Expect the unexpected and pad your schedule with spare minutes so you don’t have to rush.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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4 Safe Summer Travel Ideas for Mom, Dad, and Baby

summer travel ideas for the whole familySummer is nearly here, which means your family might be thinking about taking a vacation. However, vacationing with a little one can be tough. Your options are limited because you need to be close to certain amenities and many rides, shows, or attractions are not suitable for babies. That does not mean you have to stay home, you just need to pick a family-friendly destination. Here are four ideas.

1. Take a cruise.

Believe it or not, a cruise is an excellent destination for your baby. While cruise ships are massive, they are quite contained. You won’t need to pack and push a stroller all day. A baby sling or your own arms will suffice. You can return to your private room every few hours for a break or naps. Further, most cruise ships understand that you can’t pop over to the corner store for extra wipes or diapers, so they stock these items. Some even offer babysitting services and family-friendly activities so everyone has fun. Disney is known for offering superb cruises that cater to families.

2. Vacation rental house.

A vacation rental home is often a better option over a hotel room if you have a baby. They are more private, so your crying little one won’t disturb your neighbors. The best part is that a vacation home is more affordable than a hotel. The weekly rate is usually less than the total of a hotel’s daily rate, and you can prepare your own meals instead and eating at restaurants every day. If you’re a new parent, saving money can be important.

3. Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Maybe this isn’t the ideal vacation, but you can make it work. Visiting relatives is perfect for new parents because you can save on accommodations (the biggest cost of any vacation) and you have people who want to mind your baby for stretches of time. When you schedule a week at your parents’ or in-laws’, make sure to book a day or two where you and your significant other can leave the kids behind and do your own thing for a while. You’ll appreciate the break and the grandparents will love the time!

4 Kid-friendly theme parks.

Would you like to see the largest smile on your child’s face? Put him/her face-to-face with his/her favorite story book or cartoon character. Plus these types of places anticipate lots of families, so they stock all the supplies and amenities you could possibly need. Guest services will have diapers and wipes, and the bathrooms will have multiple changing stations. There should be a section of the park designed just for babies with lots of colors and gentle rides. There are theme parks all over the country with plenty of cute attractions and characters for babies and kids, but if you want a top-of-the-line experience, you’ll have to go to Disney.

5. Indoor water parks.

It might be tough to find one of these near you, but they are worth the drive. Unlike an outdoor water park, an indoor park usually has smaller, gentler rides more suitable to young people. This means the crowd isn’t as rough as an outdoor park. There will be plenty of opportunity to lazily float in the shallow areas while your baby splashes.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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