July 4, 2010
This past weekend seemed to be the weekend when people took off to rest and relax...but how much rest did parents get??? Weekend getaways often seem to be a good idea until you have to pack up the car and hit the road!
After a nice weekend away I am home and more exhausted than I was when we left! Our weekend getaway may have been a little more trouble than it was worth!
Here are the tips I have after our weekend getaway to make things bearable but I would love to hear what your tips are to make a good weekend getaway even once you a parent!
Tip #1: Pack Smart with your little one's clothes--colour coordinate everything so that if you have to switch shirts or bottoms, everything matches. It's only a couple of days so you should be able to!
Tip #2--When you stop on the road, stop somewhere where there is green space so that your child can run/crawl or roll. It helps them burn off energy and allows them to stretch!
Tip #3--Don't be too ambitious. When you were without children you may have done a 5 hour drive no problem for a weekend away but now when you are doing a 2 day jaunt you don't want to spend too much time in the car. For a two day weekend, keep the ride there under 3 hours if at all possible. If the drive is much longer--try to extend your stay.
Tip #4--Plan to have your little one's sleep schedule interrupted but do plan the sleep arrangements. Bring anything that will make them comfortable--a lovey, a noise machine, their sleep sack. But don't beat yourself up if they are off--it's ok it's only one or two nights.
Tip #5-- Plan some activities ahead of time so that you don't have to waste time making decisions once you are there.
I hope everyone had a good weekend!
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