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Blog in review
“Ask Shelly” and practical tips: I addressed questions about travel to Southeast Asia with a baby and a toddler, offered tips on flying with a newborn, and on the heels of the FAA discussion on requiring parents to buy seats for infants, looked at ways to help keep your lap child safe in flight. We packed an inflatable bed rail that makes regular beds and berths toddler-friendly, and while we’re on the topic of what to pack: don’t miss these cost-saving tips for packing your family’s checked suitcases. As if all of that weren’t enough, we visited the Natural History Museum in London, the Nerja Caves of southern Spain, and discussed a surprising car seat law in Costa Rica. There were also some fun Photo Faves along the way, including riding an elephant in Thailand and Nerja at Nightfall (click here to catch them all) .
Website in review
TravelswithBaby.com welcomed a new “5 Best with Kids Under 5” feature for Costa Rica, contributed by Dahlia Nahome of www.CostaRicanVacation.com. The page features the best of things to do and see with small kids on the Nicoya Peninsula, and includes some helpful links and practical tips. We also have “Share This” icons on every page of the website now, to make it easier to email those Costa Rica tips to your partner, or share the RideSafer travel vest review with a friend, or share a link to the mind-blowing collection of travel tips and advice on the FAQ/popular topics page or new destinations page (thank you!). Did I mention the new Destinations page? We’ve organized the “best of” advice for travel with a baby, toddler, or preschooler ready to browse by region. Check it out!
Guidebooks in review
Take-Along Travels with Baby became available for the Barnes and Noble NOOK, and I was notified that Take-Along Travels with Baby was chosen as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. The current issue of ForeWord Reviews also features some nice praise for the book (yay!), which concluded with, “Many parents will find this guide indispensable on their trips, and may even benefit from keeping it in the diaper bag to have handy next time they find themselves in backed up traffic or waiting to pick up the older kids from school.”
And hey, if you happen to be hanging out in your pediatrician’s office sometime soon, look for my tips in the current issue of Parenting magazine.
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