Spring Travel Sleep Saver Guide

We know when it comes to family vacations there’s one common denominator to coming home with happy memories: sleep.

These tips will have you spending more time sleeping soundly and less time rocking a restless baby to sleep this Spring:

1) Embrace Routine – If you usually do bath and a story before bedtime, stick to that schedule.

2) No Tummy Surprises – Last thing you need is an upset tummy. Feed your baby meals like the ones at home and avoid new foods and sweets before bedtime.

3) Bring a Piece of Home – For infants in an unfamiliar environment, sleep comes easier with a sheet that feels and smells like home.

4) Beat the Jet Lag – Gradually nudge your baby’s nap and bedtimes closer to your destination time zone the week before you travel. Alternatively, stick with your home time zone for short trips.

5) Extend Your Night – If you don’t have a dark room or a room with shades, bring or rent blackout shades that stick to windows.

Traveling around North America this Spring? We’d love to ensure your family sleeps smoothly throughout your travels. Reserve sleep packages and other gear in your upcoming vacation destination when you click below. 

Spring Wedding Babies!

As a celebration of love, happiness, family, and life itself, it’s only natural for babies and infants to partake in the whirlwind excitement of a wedding. There’s just one catch: sometimes little ones can’t wait to celebrate until after the ceremony.

Here are some tips to keep children calm and content during the gorgeous wedding ceremonies you attend together this Spring, and happy and engaged during jubilant receptions:

For the Ceremony:

Early Risers – Some morning play time will help put your little one in a calm mood during the ceremony and celebrations. They may even fall asleep!

Have a Snack – Tasty, low-sugar snacks your baby loves are great for the ceremony. A happy belly means a quiet baby!

Quiet Entertainment – Colorful board books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, But Not The Hippopotamus, and Zoom, Zoom Baby! or other activities like soft block toys, stacking rings, playdough, and coloring books are quiet and engaging.

Bring a Babysitter – If you don’t want to risk a disruption, consider having a babysitter or family friend walk your baby around the halls or outside during the ceremony. Check with the wedding planner to make sure this is appropriate.

For the Reception – Ideas for hosts and guests

Check In Beforehand – Call the wedding hosts or location to see what gear, toys, and play area options they may have.

Safe Shade – Many weddings happen during the Spring when weather is nice enough for an outdoor reception. Make sure to have a canopy for your little ones to play under.

Bring the Party – Bring pack ‘n plays, exersaucers, and jumperoos to keep the little ones safely entertained while guests have fun.

Satisfied Stomachs – Bring baby foods and snacks that your baby prefers. It’s unwise to expect the wedding reception to have appropriate food for a baby.

Soft Play PartiesIf it’s your wedding, consider teaming with a baby gear rental company to set up a kids zone like a soft play area or quiet room where kids can nap.

Hope you and your baby enjoy many unforgettable Spring weddings!

Outdoor Tips for Spring 2018 Family Adventures

Glimmering lakes, lush forests, cool blue beaches, and snow tipped mountains are just a few unbeatable landscapes to experience in vacation destinations all over North America.

As proponents of exercise and enjoying free, fresh air, we want to make your outdoor adventures as smooth and stress-free as possible, so here are some tips to help you best enjoy nature this Spring.

Keep it Moving – A frame backpack carrier like the Kelty Kid Carrier (there are other brands too) allows kids to run around and enjoy the world so that once they are tired, mommy and daddy can carry them comfortably.

Hold Off the Hunger – You won’t get far without some water and snacks! Hunger sets in quickly on an outdoor adventure, so have plenty of liquids, fruit, and non-sugary snacks.  

Beat the Elements – Be it sunny or rainy, don’t get caught without protection – sunscreen, hats, and even umbrellas.

Take a Pic – Beautiful scenes and fun times are abound in the outdoors – bring a camera so you can hang on to those moments!

Sturdy Sneaks – If your kiddo likes to run around, make sure they have strong shoes like Stride Right or Teva, or water shoes that are easy to wash and dry overnight.

Play Safe – At the beach, forest, or elsewhere, grab a queen or king sized fitted sheet and place anchors like backpacks or coolers at the corners to create a safe play area.

Sweeten the Pot – Planning a hike with a fun activity at the end such as a waterfall, a beach, a view, or a play area will keep the calls of “are we there yet??” at bay.

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Tips

Whether you’re keeping it local, or hitting the road this Easter holiday, chances are visions of goodie-packed Easter eggs are already dancing around in your little ones’ heads. Here are a few quick tips for maximizing the fun (and minimizing the sugar) at any egg hunt.

  1. Tidy Smiles – Taking family photos? Schedule your shoot before the egg hunt and big meal so your kids look adorable for pictures.
  2. Avoid Sugar Highs – Fill some eggs with stickers, bunny crackers, finger puppets, stamp rings, bouncy balls, erasers, and our favorite – mini sticky hands! Hatchimal eggs are a great outside-the-box option that kids always enjoy.
  3. Keep it Fair – If there are lots of littles, give each one a specific color of egg to look for so everyone gets about the same amount of treats.
  4. Organize by Age Group – Let the youngest go first and pick up the closest eggs. Leave the hardest to find eggs, and the ones placed at the greatest distance, for the older kids.
  5. Bounce like a Bunny – If you have a large family, consider renting an Easter bouncy house for post-hunt fun. They’ll bounce for hours and have a blast!
  6. Cottontail Trail – For especially tricky to find eggs, use bunny footprints as a hint. You can make them out of cardboard paper and press them into the ground before the hunt.
  7. Easy Peasy – Attend a community egg hunt and let the hosting organization do all the work so you can join your child for the fun.

Traveling this Easter? Contact a Babierge Trusted Partner at your destination for information about local egg hunts around the community. Have a great Sunday!

The Best Winter Getaways for You and Your Baby

February in North America is a prime moment to enjoy the snow – just in time to say goodbye to rough temperatures, while still being able to enjoy fresh powder soon to be rain. We checked in with Babierge Trusted Partners across the country to see what fun times are happening in their areas, and get some ideas for local kid-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and attractions for your family to enjoy the end of Winter.

Jessica Beemsterboer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is the perfect winter mix of small town fun and mountain town sporting opportunities.

See: For playing in the snow, some beautiful walks, and sledding, try out Nichols Arboretum. The Hands On Museum is downtown and tons of fun, perfect for indoor play. It even has a great room just for 5 year olds and below, and a baby area too.

Eat: Zingerman’s Deli is a must-try! Afternoon Delight and Seva are a few of our other favorites and kid-friendly.

Stay: If you want to be downtown within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town, a few stellar hotels are the Bell Tower and The Graduate.

Insider Tip: A bit further from downtown is the new 242 Community Center with a huge indoor park-like play area, and its free!

Recommended Baby Gear: Add on our stroller or infant carrier covers to keep the little ones warm while you’re out and about.

 

Patricia Stacer – Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Michigan always has so much to see and do, even in the winter!

See: Bring the kids to see dragons, unicorns, and mermaids! Get some hands on learning and take a ride on a 1928 Spillman Carousel that overlooks the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Eat: My family’s favorite restaurant happens to be in my hometown, Vault Cafe and Bakery located on Main Street in Caledonia. It’s worth the drive for some fresh baked breakfast treats or some homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch. A great place for kids and parents.

Stay: AirBnb and similar sites offer tons of affordable, fun accomodations for families visiting Grand Rapids.

Insider Tip: Vacationing on a budget? Grab the kids and head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for Family night every Thursday. Admission is only $1.75 per person from 5pm – 8pm.

 

Caitlin Hankins – Denver, Colorado

Colorado and the Rocky Mountains provide some of the most beautiful winter views, with a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

See: Copper Mountain Resort – Located just over an hour from Denver, Copper Mountain provides everything you’d expect from a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, plus so much more! Snow tubing, ice skating, a snow-coaster, and a special kids-only zone on the mountain are sure to entertain the entire family!

Eat: Before a day on the slopes or even just a stay in town, locals love to start their day at the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe. Then for lunch, soak in some Rocky Mountain sunshine at one of Copper Mountain’s many restaurants right at the base of the slopes. We recommend Mahi’s Street Tacos for a quick and delicious meal to refuel the family for some afternoon adventures.

Stay: Frisco offers tons of cabin and home rentals for your stay. Use 5 Diamond Lodging, a local property management company, to find your dream mountain chalet for your stay. Only 7 minutes to Copper Mountain, they offer a free shuttle to the resort and around Frisco as well.

Insider Tip: Even though it won’t be hot during your stay, sunscreen and SPF chapstick are a must when on the mountain! The sun is much stronger at 10,000 feet, even when it is cloudy. Also remember to drink plenty of water so altitude sickness doesn’t ruin your visit!

Recommended Baby Gear: Around town or on a snowshoeing adventure, you and your child will find comfort with this backpack kid carrier, made for longer treks in the great outdoors.

 

Mircedez Falcone – Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham is a typical Pacific Northwest wonderland with great food and even better outdoor opportunities.

See: Go skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing at Mount Baker. Lift tickets are free for kids 6 and under! The third biggest mountain in Washington, Baker always has unforgettable views for its visitors.

Eat: Washington is known for its breweries. At North Fork Brewery parents can enjoy a brew while the kids enjoy the pizza.

Stay: Mt. Baker Vacation Rentals have several cabins perfect for the whole family, all close to the ski area, hiking, and the small town of Glacier, WA.

Recommended Baby Gear: To enjoy some hiking with your little ones be sure to rent the backpack carrier. It’ll keep them nice and warm while you trek through the snow.