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Traveling with Young Children - the ‘WHY’ and the ‘HOW’

Traveling with Young Children - the ‘WHY’ and the ‘HOW’

(SPOILER ALERT!) There’s a travel journal template for kids which you can download for free! The link is provided at the end of this blog post.

Before I became a mom, traveling was my biggest passion. My Husband and I were avid travelers, we had visited 42 countries thus far, and it is a report card that we proudly hold close to our hearts.

Now that we are parents to two, we obviously couldn’t travel as often as we did in the past, but that doesn’t mean we have stopped our travels. We just had to modify how we travel to accommodate our young kids!

Travis on his first trip to Perth at 1 year old.

We brought Travis on his first trip when he turned one year old. And being our first trip with our firstborn, it was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever had.

It is, at times, frustrating to hear parents say that their kids are too young to travel. In truth, no perfect age exists to start traveling with kids, so why not start now?! Starting while they’re young gets them accustomed to how traveling is and helps them develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them outside of this little red dot we live on. I find this especially important since Singapore is such a small city - there are truly so many things going on out in this world that the next generations need to be aware of instead of living in their tiny little bubble.

(Updated!) A Peek into Our Play Spaces at Home!

(Updated!) A Peek into Our Play Spaces at Home!

When I first got pregnant with our boy, little T, 3 years ago, I was pretty lost on how to modify our house (essentially designed as a couple pad) into a baby-friendly home. I scoured through tons of amazing photos on Pinterest for inspiration, followed some moms on Instagram to peek at how their homes look like, and started reading up on play spaces.

Why are play spaces so important?

"There are 3 teachers of children: adults, other children, and their physical environment." - Loris Malaguzzi

 

I decided to put together this simple yet comprehensive guide on Creating Effective & Inspiring Play Spaces (download it for free here!) as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about play spaces, so you don't have to scour through the internet for information like I did!

But first, I wanted to provide quick peeks into our own play spaces at home, and how we went about creating these spaces!

We live in a typical 1,100 square feet (or 100 square meters) apartment in Singapore, with a balcony, living room fused with the dining room, a kitchen and 3 rooms (master bedroom, kid's bedroom, study room). When assessing the areas in the house to incorporate play spaces for T, we were very sure that our bedroom and the kitchen (too small so it is unsafe) are no-touch zones.

We eventually incorporated play spaces for him in 3 areas: living room, his bedroom and balcony.

Say Hi to Michelle from The Chill Mom!

During my first pregnancy, I was feeling really lost about what I needed to do, and what to expect. We were first-time parents then, and though there were tons of resources and guides out there, some were not relevant and some had contradictory views (for eg, on sleep training) which only served to make us more confused than ever. To put it simply, I was overwhelmed.

A friend introduced me to The Chill Mom then - a mom based in Singapore who had churned out several resources, and tips and tricks on what to expect during pregnancy and more importantly, how to survive motherhood! Her tagline, which greeted me the moment I entered her website was, “You can have it all without doing it all”. I was sold. Yes, I want to have it all without doing it all, who doesn’t?! :)

The Chill Mom became my key survival guide and my go-to resource for the longest time, so today I’m so psyched to be sharing her guest post with all of you!