No matter your destination, the thought of traveling with young children can be overwhelming, and the much-anticipated trip can quickly turn into an anxiety attack waiting to happen if you think about all the things that can or will go wrong if you're being honest. Whether by plane, car, bus, or train, the key to traveling with children is trying to anticipate the needs and wants of your children before your journey. Older children are usually much more self-sufficient and can entertain themselves with handheld gaming devices, smartphones/ tablets or chapter reading. I'm talking children about 7 and under who might have a hard time being forced to sit still for extended periods of time.
When I was younger, I was a great big ball of energy and my mother regularly would tell me to go play in the yard to " burn energy". I enjoyed being able to run free and explore. Even if your children aren't as energetic, it is so tough for younger children to be restricted or confined to one area; so traveling and being confined to a small area can be tough for them and you.
I've done my fair share of travel with little ones, being a mother of three, all aged 6 and under by the way so I I think I have hassle-free travel down to a tee.
Here are some tips for hassle-free load traveling with children:
If you've ever had the pleasure of nursing a child or feeding your little one breastmilk through a bottle, then you know first hand, the liquid gold, as it's been referred to, stains! When I stay stain, I don't mean, I didn't have time to clean the spilled milk so it dried stain. I mean, I wiped my couch with soap and water and the milk is still there stain. Yep, the hard to get rid of type of stain.
With 3 children that I have nursed and one that I am still nursing (whoo hoo) I have had my share of " liquid gold" splashes throughout the house. The floor, the comforter, the sofa, every type of surface you can think of.
However nutritious and beneficial breastmilk is, I didn't want to see it spattered on surfaces throughout the house. It's daunting enough when one drop goes to waste. If you have ever tried to pump, nurse, or build a supply, or lived with anyone who has, you know exactly what I mean, Ha!
When different types of cleaners failed to remove the white blemishes throughout my home from dried breastmilk, in steps white vinegar to the recuse. Yep, you've read that correctly, Vinegar. You probably remember your grandmother using vinegar for several reasons maybe mainly as a household cleaning solution, I surely do. When I remembered vinegar as an option, I knew that I found what I'd been needing. Because I'm that type of friend, I'll share my secret ingredient with you.
One of my greatest joys in life is being with my family. They show me so much love, it's an honor and privilege to be a mother and a wife. I'm grateful to be a sister, daughter, and friend. This is a space inspired by the journey and the things I've learned over the years....it hasn't been that long so bear with me. Proverbs 17:6 " Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers."