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Travel With Baby: How We Can Help
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Your travel life needn't grind to a halt just because you've become a parent. But the reality is, much of your trip will be spent soothing and entertaining your baby. So much for dreamily staring out the window and taking in the passing scene.
But while travel will never be the same, it has its upside as well. You may discover the world is a friendlier place than you knew. There's no easier way to meet people than with a baby in your lap. And if you keep in mind the cardinal rule for traveling parents — create a home away from home wherever possible — it may become an experience you can all enjoy.

Here are some strategies for making travel with your baby a success, contributed by family travel authors, pediatricians, child development experts, and fellow parents.

Where to go
We've consulted six leading family travel experts and come up with these winning family-travel destinations:

Beach scenes
Big cities
Bike touring
Car camping
Club Med
Cruises Desert adventures
Family camps
Family resorts
Nature camps
Ski resorts
Summer in the mountains

But you'll want to avoid these activities with your little one: rafting, theme parks, foreign travel, some country inns, and long stays with friends.

In addition, the Travel Destinations bulletin board reveals our users' favorite getaways, and our Travel Strategies board offers tips on making your trip easier.

How to get there safe and sane
New at this? Here are seven parent-tested tips for traveling with a baby.

Flying? You'll love our chart showing which airlines are friendliest to kids, including information about discount fares for infants, children's meals, diaper-changing facilities, and more.

Short on time? We've distilled the best advice about your baby's health and safety, essential travel gear, and games and activities to keep your child amused — all broken down by your baby's age:

Newborn to 8 months old
8 to 15 months old
16 months old to 2 years old
3 years old

What to bring
We'll help you organize your trip with our packing checklists for your baby or toddler. You'll also want to print out a first-aid kit for the road, and an emergency checklist — just in case you run into trouble.

Create a home away from home
Once you get to your destination, consult our ten tips to help your baby adjust — and to help you cope. Finally, you'll find answers to your questions about traveling with small children, such as traveling with a baby if she's colicky or has an ear infection, where to rent strollers, how to babyproof a hotel room, and more.

Happy trails.
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