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  • Advice for Traveling with Baby

    Experts weigh in on the best ways to ease traveling with baby.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Whether you’re planning on visiting your far-flung relatives or closing the year with a tropical getaway, if baby’s coming along, this post is for you. Infants and toddlers can travel well – that is, as long as their travel buddies (we’re looking at you, mom and dad) are well prepared. And even if they have a meltdown on the plane or develop a fever in a far-away country, fear not: chances are, you will make it back safe, and your holiday travels can still be merry for everyone.

    To help get you on your way, we’ve reached out to the pros to give you the lowdown on traveling with baby. Bookmark their recommendations, then pack up, and make your time away with baby count!

    On navigating the airport with baby:
    Lisa B., former flight attendant at United and mom of 2
    “Check your bags. If you want to avoid the check-in line, you can check in with the skycap at the curbside. Carry on only what you need for you and your little one. Stressing about getting your bags through the security screening and finding overhead bin space, while carrying a baby, is overwhelming. This allows you to go through security with limited items..."

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  • Fall Getaways for You and Baby

    Dress in autumn uniform–chic black leggings, crisp white button-down shirt, and oversized chunky knit sweater–pack up your family, and get outta town! Here are five fall U.S. destinations that will offer the right balance of excitement and (much needed) R&R for you and your partner, while being accommodating for little one.

    1. Fall is harvest time in the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York, named for the eleven linear lakes that span the 4,692 square-mile region, so when you’re not visiting a U-pick farm to fill a bushel with NY apples or sip the freshly made cider, visit one of dozens of gorgeous gorges dotted across the country landscape. Known for over 200 wineries, the Finger Lakes region has three renowned wine trails—Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca—that are easy to travel along and offer a beautiful view of the changing leaves. Head south to nearby Corning to tour the Corning Museum of Glass, where you can get your hands dirty—protect them first with Nine Naturals’ Repairing Body Balm—and work alongside experienced glassworkers to create your own glass masterpiece.
    2. Portland, Oregon—also known as the “City of Roses”—is an ideal vacay locale for foodies and festival fans, alike. This gem of a city, located in the Pacific Northwest, experiences moderate fall temperatures in the mid-60s (dropping down to the 50s in late fall), and features a vibrant culinary scene, complete with acclaimed restaurants and over 600 food carts. From September through November, festies (festival fanatics) can attend Feast Portland, The Reel Music Film Festival, The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Wine Country Thanksgiving, and many more. Before returning to the “real world,” take advantage of the city’s zero sales tax policy and shop the Portland Saturday Market, which is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
    3. San Francisco, California one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., is a beautiful city set along the San Francisco Bay that is ideal to visit during the fall, when the sky is sunny and the earth has dried out from the rainy summer. Chock full of attractions to see and things to do, unearth your inner child by devouring a hot fudge sundae at Ghirardelli Square, and then driving down the famously steep and winding Lombard Street. Treat your little one to a visual smorgasbord while riding in a cable car or walking along the streets of brightly colored Chinatown—the largest one outside of Asia. Skip the tour of Alcatraz and opt for a free show at Pier 39 put on by sea lions just returning from southern California islands and Mexico, where they breed during the summer months.  
    4. Dance your way around Nashville, Tennessee during the mild fall months, when temperatures range from 50- to 75-degrees, and music is playing 24/7. Immerse yourself in the culture by sauntering your boot-draped feet through the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum before digging into a plate of Nashville hot chicken. Explore Music City’s past at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President and the Tennessee State Museum—located within the Tennessee State Capitol Building. Let your little one run free—after a liberal application of Nine Naturals’ Natural Sunscreen SPF 32—at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, or one of many area metro parks before jumping into the car for your road-trip home.
    5. Bring your appetite when visiting Waterbury, Vermont, because this nearly 50 square-mile town is home to the Ben & Jerry’s factory, Cabot Cheese Annex Store, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, and other delectable food brands. Visit one (or all) of these locales and be treated to a FREE guided tour of the production process, as well as a sample or two of the foods that made these brands Vermont famous. Follow your nose to neighboring Burlington, Vermont where you’ll find the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory, in addition to a cuddly paradise for your little one at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, where children ages 12 and under tour for free. Work off all those samples on the 5.3-mile long Stowe Recreation path in Stowe, Vermont, which is enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists, alike. Hop on the Champlain Valley Flyer train and enjoy a scenic ride through Champlain Valley on your way back to Waterbury.

    Happy travels!

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  • Multi-Gen Getaways

    3 perfect spots for 3 generations of travelers from Offmetro senior writer Allison Tibaldi.

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Not so long ago, vacationing with your parents or in-laws might not have been high on your wish list. But along came baby and suddenly, traveling with a few adoring helpers doesn’t seem so bad. If your extended family is spread out across the globe, vacationing together can be a fundamental step towards building strong intergenerational relationships. Even if you see the grandparents frequently, it’s a great way to spend quality time together. The rhythm of a vacation can facilitate memorable moments and encourage meaningful conversations. It’s no wonder multi-generational travel is trending in a big way. Here are three resorts to consider for your next “all-in-the-family” summer beach getaway.

    Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut

    If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail of saltwater, sand and family time, you’ve found it at this Connecticut shoreline hotel. Located a speedy 2-hour drive or train journey from NYC, this property exudes easy elegance and seaside charm. It sits on a peaceful stretch of sand on the shores of the bucolic Long Island Sound. The tiny cove-like beach is completely protected, the waves almost always gentle, making it ideal for families with very young children. The beach is just steps from your hotel room, for speedy feedings, diaper changes or naps. Summer evenings feature family-friendly films screened on the lawn and kid-appropriate live music under the stars.

    Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    Few towns are as quintessentially New England as Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Its picture-perfect harbor is brimming with lobster boats, schooners and Windjammers, and at the nostalgic Spruce Point Inn, time seems to have stood still. After a day of fun in the great outdoors, kids (and kids at heart) still gather around the fire circle to toast marshmallows. Set on 56-acres of pine-scented woods and glorious waterfront, you can get back-to-nature without missing a single creature comfort. They’ll even crack your lobster for you at the on-site restaurant, leaving you free to enjoy the spectacular view. Accommodations include modern suites, roomy townhouses and cozy cottages, so you’re sure to find the perfect place to rest your heads.

    JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Costa Rica

    Don’t come here expecting the cookie-cutter experience that you get at some chain hotels. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is located within a functioning hacienda, so the colonial feel is intact, the sense of place authentic, the food locally sourced. Guest rooms and common spaces utilize luscious, dark-hued wood from the area with authentic regional handicrafts as colorful accents. The rambling grounds are a hotbed for adorable frolicking monkeys and a rainbow of tropical birds. Have a dip in the largest swimming pool in Central America before heading to the breathtaking beach. Active families can horseback ride and golf, and adults can work out post-exercise kinks at the first-rate spa. A free kid’s club for children 4-12 and top-notch private babysitters are available. Non-stop flights from NYC to Liberia make getting here a breeze, so get the passports ready.

    This article is by Allison Tibaldi, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • Babymoon Fashion – Our Favorite Looks for Every Type of Vacation!

    Earlier this week, we posted about some of our favorite babymoon locations. Of course, once you start thinking about vacation, the natural next step is to start thinking about resort wear, new vacation clothing and shopping! Whether you are headed for the beach, a beautiful spa, or the hustle and bustle of a big city, Nine Naturals has  put together a list of some of our favorite babymoon looks for every vacation type – all the inspiration you need to book that trip and  get your shopping list ready to go. Enjoy!

    Beach Bum Babymoon: When you’re heading to the beach (avec bump) for your baby moon, there are a few easy ways to feel both comfortable and sexy. Show a little leg with a short tunic and embrace your bump (literally and figuratively) with a stylish bathing suit. Then find a simple scarf and a chic pair of shades to give that “effortlessly beautiful” bottomline to your look.

     Luxury Lover (Canyon Ranch Spa) Babymoon: This is the babymoon that is all about you. Your relaxation, your indulgence. Think “loose-fitting” so you can glide into a robe for a massage, into the pool for a swim or onto a lounge chair for a nap. Focus on accessories to tie the outfit together. Few things make us feel more stylish and mysterious (thank you, Ms. Hepburn) than a fabulous pair of sunglasses. Add a classic, wide-brimmed hat and a terribly fashionable pair of wedges to bring it all together. And -remember – you’ll want everything that adds to your relaxation from magazines to tablets to books to your Vanilla + Geranium Replenishing Belly Butter – so don’t forget your favorite spa tote.

    City Slicker / Globe Trotter Babymoon: If a city is your babymoon destination, we tip our hats to you. We admire your adventurous spirit and we also happen to totally agree that cities are a great place for a babymoon. And, if you’re taking on a city, you’re taking on walking, museums, shopping, eating and more! Focus first on the brands, patterns and designs that will make you feel like one of the city’s haute fashion jetsetters. And then filter for comfort. A Bateau top means style in any language and originates from the comfort and flexibility that sailors once needed to scurry around boats adjusting the sails (so it should meet the comfort standards for moms-to-be!). Comfortable jeans (such as these Rag and Bone demin looking designer sweatpants), patent leather flats along with your favorite bag will round out a great look whether you’re in Milan, Pars, New York or Santa Monica. 

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