LEGOS/Duplos. Cardboard boxes. I appreciate the aesthetics of the fancier houses but if you spent that much on LEGOs you could build and rebuild furnished houses with garages and cars. And have minifigures that can also be refashioned to your hearts desire.
10 Gender-Neutral Dollhouses
|11/9/12 3:24 PM|
We visited Paris twice with our boys: at 11 mos & 2.5 yrs, then 6 mos later w/ my in-laws. We used a Chicco double umbrella stroller and Ergo. Make a list of things you want to see/do/eat and plan ahead. Tackle things by arrondissements and take a leisurely pace. We would do a museum then spend the rest of the day at a park. Research is key; check out deliciousbaby. com and other american-in-paris sites. Have a few places in mind for a meal, then do a walk-by to check kid friendliness. Remember, pack only what you want to carry up and down those Metro stairs. We used the Metro a lot, folding the stroller before boarding. People were very helpful. Just watch the stroller wheels for dog poop! Throw a small newspaper in your diaper bag for poop shoe/wheel clean up. Tres gross! Also, sidewalks can get pretty narrow at times. Be courteous but also walk confidently. Great advice posted here already and I loved that WSJ article on French parenting. Bon voyage!
Help My Family with Toddling around Paris? Good Questions
|4/24/12 8:06 PM|
YEAHHHHHHH! what an awesome family. super cool way to share your music with the kids.
Coffee Break Awesome Video...and Homegrown Instruments For Family
|1/31/12 3:31 PM|
I have the monkey peeler and it is wicked awesome. so great at peeling that i skinned myself pretty badly. the kids love to look at it but i put it where they cannot reach it.
Kitchen Tool or Kitchen Toy?
|10/12/11 4:13 PM|
You got it, Splitty. It seems like a sweet idea but this sends a negative message about travel with children. No one gives me a treat bag if they are gassy or need to get up every hour to use the bathroom or any other irksome behavior that is magnified by being thisclose to 150 other people. Babies are babies. I have traveled domestic & overseas with very small children and found that most people are tolerant and extremely helpful. Perhaps it is because I look so frazzled. Maybe people don't respond negatively to us because I am working so hard to keep the kids busy/entertained but a meltdown can happen anywhere. I am more likely to focus my energy on preparing the kids for our flight than making goody bags for adults.
Traveling with Baby: Airplane Favors
|7/12/11 8:58 PM|