Although babes at this age are more mobile and energetic, they’re also easily entertained. Their attention spans are minuscule, though, so your best bet will be lots of small distractions to pass the time. Finger-foods make for the best snacks because they require more attention and eat up more time—pun intended.
Some mamas pack several new toys (think things you can find in the Target dollar section) to pull out every hour or so. Tip: Wrap them like presents to add to the excitement and—let’s be real—take up even more time. I know other moms who tout the wonder of gel clings if you happen to be in a window seat. My son has been mesmerized by a straw wrapper for a full 15 minutes, so it really doesn’t take much.
While I have some cherished memories of walking around London with my little boy tucked in close to my chest, the wonderful thing about traveling with an older babe is that they get to be part of it all instead of just tagging along. Watching your little one experience something for the first time, like the ocean lapping the shoreline, will make your heart swell.
Stay what? Rentals through sites like Airbnb, Homeaway and Kid and Coe (a family-friendly option!) give parents perks like a washer and dryer and the added benefit of being able to put baby to bed in another room—so you don’t have to watch TV with the volume all the way down.
Consider these three baby items you’ll want to invite on your expedition: