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Up in the hills of Cherapunjee in North East India

Our Trip to Cherapunjee just before lockdown
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Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience

Traveling with Cloth Diapers

I have used only cloth diapers for my daughter since she turned 4 months. And while traveling also I wanted to use cloth diapers only. As we were home only last year, it was easy to manage. But I was not very sure how will I manage with cloth diapers during traveling. And at the same time, my inner voice was not ready to use any disposable diapers.

Here I am so glad to say that with proper planning and determination we managed our trips with cloth diapers. Though ours was short duration trips, it was a great experience as this will help me in planning future trips.

Here are few pointers which I want to share my experience of traveling with cloth diapers with parents who want to use cloth diapers only during traveling:

1) Our flight from Mumbai to Guwahati was in the morning, so the previous day I used only cotton nappies and washed, and let them dry after each use so that I can take them with me. (if you are not planning to take them with you one can also wash them and let them dry at some proper place)

2) I removed the nighttime diaper and packed it in the luggage bag. (washed it at my home)

3) While traveling from Mumbai to Guwahati (6 hours), I made my daughter wear a pocket diaper with 2 inserts, assuming I would not be required to change (unless she has pooped)

Traveling with Cloth Diapers on the flight
Traveling with Cloth Diapers on the flight

4) Carried 2 sets of diapers in the diaper bag. One that would last for 4-5 hours- (if she poops after reaching the Mumbai airport or just before boarding the plane) and the other one with pee holding capacity for 1-2 hours(if she soiled the diaper after we land at our destination.

5) Wet bags to keep soiled diapers, and cloth wipes (I make my own wipes)

Wet Bags to keep soiled Cloth Diapers
Wet Bags to keep soiled Cloth Diapers

6) During our road trips, we stayed at the resorts/hotels for 1 or 2 nights, so bought back the diapers and washed them at home. And according to my, Flats would work best for the day and night time when traveling, as they dry up faster than other inserts.

Traveling with Cloth Diapers
Traveling with Cloth Diapers

7) Allowed diaper-free time early in the morning (the time after waking up and before leaving for the day) and in the evenings (after coming back to the hotel)

8) Changed the diaper after 3 to 5 hours depending on the type of inserts used and mode of transport used.

9) Training pants or cotton nappies work great as diaper-free time and they came to my rescue during these traveling times.

10) Cleaned the diaper area with my homemade solution and apply coconut before putting in a new diaper.

It has been a smooth ride till now with cloth diapers. The only mistake I did was not giving her some diaper-free time while traveling from Jorhat to Guwahati (6 hours by road). Since we left in the morning and we’re in a little hurry we changed her diaper just before leaving and as a result she did got some rashes. And this was a great learning point for me.

It is very important to allow some diaper-free time even for 5-10 mins during traveling. If you are worried about cleaning the poop, then there are biodegradable disposal liners which makes poo cleaning very easy. (Luckily our daughter didn’t poop on the flight or in the car during these trips).

Till then happy traveling……

Also, Read Road trips with a baby and toddler in India

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Road trips with a baby and toddler in India

Road Trip with a Baby and Toddler

Traveling always excites me and now I can see the same excitement in my 5-year-old son. The year 2020 kept all of us confined to our home, and we missed traveling so much. as things got a little better, we decided to go to our home state (Assam.) I was perplexed and worried about taking a trip at this time, especially with our daughter. After thinking a lot and discussing with a few people who have traveled, we decided to travel. I am glad we took that decision. And I didn’t expect that’s we will be taking road trips with a baby and toddler

Due to COVID-19 traveling took a backseat and it badly affected those who are related to it traveling/travel in some or the other way. The best we can do is to visit one’s local area/tourist places and give a boost to the economy.

At our stay in Assam, we visited many places with our kids by road. we covered approximately 1500 km in 25 days. My elder one who is 5 years old, is an experienced traveler now. We didn’t have any issues with him. He slept most of the time or enjoyed looking outside when he is awake.

It was our 1-year-old daughter with whom we had little trouble. Because we could not go anywhere due to COVID, as a result, it was a new experience for her.

While coming from Mumbai to Guwahati she went off to sleep even before we boarded the flight and got up just a few minutes before landing. It was during our road trip to Jorhat where we got the real taste of traveling. (Jorhat is about 6-7 hours from Guwahati). She was fine and slept for 2 hours and later it was difficult for her to sleep and it was becoming very difficult for us. I tried all possible ways to keep her entertained or make her sleep, but she was just not comfortable. Here are few tips for taking Road trips with a baby and toddler in India, that I want to share

Roads trips with a baby in India
Roads trips with a baby in India

Tips for taking road trips with a baby:

1. Expect the Unexpected:

Travel with an open mind when traveling with kids. Don’t compare your child with other kids. We never had any issue with our son and were expecting the same from her.

2. Travel shorter distance before taking long trips:

It’s better to get habitat to traveling shorter distances (2-3 hours) before taking long-distance trips. If you are covering a longer distance by road, then take few short breaks, where the child can move around for some time.

3. Leave early:

If you want to reach your destination the same day leave early or stay somewhere for the night (especially if you are traveling in winters). We left Guwahati pretty late so, didn’t took any breaks in between as we wanted to reach our destination before it becomes difficult to drive due to fog.

Also read: https://mommygopa.com/2020/05/06/travel-during-pregnancy/

Snacking during road trips
Snacking during road trips

Things to pack, when taking a road trip with a baby:

1. Enough snacks, fruits, water, milk, bibs, reusable cutlery, and bowls/plates:

Make sure you are carrying enough food items. Fruits like bananas are best to carry during traveling as they are easy to eat and they are filling also. Fruits puree from Happa foods and melts from Timios can be very useful for infants. Carry reusable cutlery as I prefer to use reusable cutlery instead of disposable ones.

2. Diapering essentials for infants in a diaper bag:

Diapers, diaper changing mats, and wipes are a must and it’s always better to carry extra than you think you would require. Wet bags to keep soiled diapers if you use only cloth diapers.

3. An extra set of clothes for kids:

An extra set of clothes in case you need to change one.

4. Maternity wear or Stole/Dupatta:

Feeding dresses are best if you are breastfeeding, or any stole or dupatta will also work.

5. Car seat or booster seat:

Car seats are very helpful. They not only keep the child safe but will also keep the parent tension-free.

6. Trash bag, old newspapers, and napkins:

Trash bag and newspaper to wrap your fruit peels or that empty chips packet.

7. First aid kit:

The first aid kit with all the necessary medicines. (Keep them out of reach for the kids)

Tips for taking road trips with a 5-Year-Old:

Road trip with a % year Old
Road trip with a 5-year-Old

By this age, parents are well-accustomed to how their child will behave during traveling and what are their needs. Accordingly one can plan what to carry and other things to keep in mind while taking a road trip with a 5-year-old/older kid. Still would love to share few points which might be helpful if you are traveling long distance for the first time.

  1. Show them the outside world, as different trees, birds, etc. Explain to them the events happening outside.
  2. Keep some toys(according to age and one new) picture books, activity kits, and drawing/colouring books. Colouring books can keep toddlers engaged for a long time(works great during flight journey) recently I found these puzzles to be a great travel companion
  3. Their favourite snacks, water, juice, and cutlery set.
  4. A list of their favourite music
  5. Car seat or booster seat
  6. First aid kit with the necessary medicines

We retook few road trips, and she was much better every time. And when traveling back from Jorhat to Guwahati, we took a break in between and didn’t face any issues like the first trip. Looking forward to taking a road trip with my baby again. Would love to hear about your experience too in the comment section.

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A One Day Trip to Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls

What happens when you decide to go on a trip with your best buddies? After I resigned from work and was done with my PGDBA exam, I decided to go to Banglore. I always loved Bangalore for its nice cool weather. My friends Aditi, Poulomi, Neelotpal who are from Banglore itself, and I decided to go for a day trip Hogenakkal Falls.

 

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls
One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls

 

It was a sunny day in February. We started our journey at 7 in the morning from Bangalore. Our 1st stop was at a Udipi restaurant for the morning breakfast. After munching on some Idli Sambar we continued our journey again. We had hired an Indica Taxi. We all were very excited about this quickly planned trip. (Suddenly planned trip works rather than plans made in advance).

 

Beautiful road to Hogenakkal Falls
Beautiful road to Hogenakkal Falls

 

Hogennakal falls was 120 km from Bangalore and it will take us 3-4 hrs to reach. The road to Hogenakkal Falls is blessed with scenic beauty and really good roads.  The best time to visit this place is during winters i.e from October to March, because of the pleasant weather.

 

 

At Hogenakkal Falls
At Hogenakkal Falls

We reached our destination at around 12.30 in the afternoon. Hogenakkal Falls is in the district of Dharmapuri in the state of Tamilnadu. It is also known as Niagara of India located at about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri hills. We got into one of the coracles. Coracles are local boats and are operated by the local people & it is the main source of income for these boat operators. The coracles are about 7ft 4 inches in diameter and can load 8 persons at a time. They are made of bamboo and all materials available. It takes about a day to build. The bottom of the boat is waterproof, made by the use of hides.

 

 

 Hogenakkal Falls
Hogenakkal Falls

 

The boat trip will take us 2 hrs as told by our boat operator. We are also accompanied by a taxi driver. He acted as a guide for us & a translator as the boat operator could not speak Hindi & we don’t understand Tamil. Riding in the coracles was an awesome experience. We had seen these boats only in movies.

 

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls
At Hogenakkal Falls

 

Hogenakkal Falls is set in thick green woods & is considered both a sacred bathing place & spa-like health resort. Many small falls offer a spectacular sight. After moving further, we saw many local food joints. One must taste fish, made in one of the many kitchens, but the order has to be placed in advance.

 

 

 

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls

 

One spectacular sight was that of various vendors, selling water & snacks up & down the gorge rowing their coracles. After placing our fish order, it was time for swimming & bathing around there.

 

 

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls
One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls

After we were done with our boat ride, and our trip was about to come to an end, we decided to get a local head massage. The irony was that the boat operator himself volunteered to give us a head massage.

 

 

Fish Fry

It was an amazing experience & good memories to fall back on.

 

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls

One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls
One day trip to Hogenakkal Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to reach Hogenakkal Falls from Bangalore?

The 3 best ways to reach there are by Train, Bus, or by Road. But the fastest and best way to reach is by Road. One can hire a cab or take their own private vehicle. And if you plan to stay there check out few options here.

You may also read: Pondicherry Trip- My first trip with My Little One

 

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Travel During Pregnancy

 

 

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It is considered safe to travel during 2nd trimester and of-course depending upon person to person and circumstances. I was more active during my first pregnancy but didn’t get the chance to travel except alone from Mumbai to Guwahati to my parent`s home for delivery.

During my 2nd pregnancy my health was not in great condition. We had plans to travel to Bali during my son’s summer vacation,(during my 2nd trimester) but had to drop it as i was not in a position to travel long distance. But we managed to travel to our hometown and few short trips by road in and around Guwahati. The places we visited are Shillong, Samdrup Jongkhar(in Bhutan) and Chandubi Lake.

 

Here I have mentioned some basic points to keep in mind when traveling during pregnancy. 

1) Listen to your body. You only know whether you can travel or not and by which mode of transport. Travel isn’t recommended for those with high-risk pregnancy conditions

2) Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Feeling comfortable in your clothes should be your priority. There are many sites and shops available now-a-days for maternity wear.  Wear comfortable shoes specially which can be removed easily

3) Take your medicines and food on time. Don’t try to postpone your mealtime.

4) Keep some snacks and a water bottle with you all the time. Keeping something to eat like fruits, dry fruits, homemade sandwich or roti will always come in handy. In one of my trip we had plans to have our lunch at the destination, and reaching the place would take some 1hour. And I started feeling hungry. Luckily I was carrying few bananas with me.

5) If you have one more child then it is always preferable to carry a car seat. If they have the habit of traveling in your lap, explain to them before commencing the journey why you cant take them in your lap anymore

 

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6) Plan ahead. Always tell your practitioner about your travel plans before booking your tickets. Since I traveled by air both the times I asked my doctor to give me in writing that I am fit to travel

7) Take your time. Don’t rush. It is advisable to leave home early if you need to catch a train or plane as rushing up is not a good idea and you might need to take little rest in between.

8) If traveling by air, check with the airlines if they have any policies

9) Move your legs around or take short breaks. Take a stroll up to the cabin every once in a while of traveling by air. Or short breaks if you are traveling by car.

10) Wear your seat belt all the time. It is always advisable to wear seat-belts all the time to avoid any kinds of sudden jerks.

Every persons requirement is different. Please share is there anything else you want to add.

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International Travel-Dubai Diaries

 

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We traveled to 4 countries covering 15+ cities when our son was 22 months old for almost 35 days. Love for travel didn’t stop us from traveling with a toddler. Traveling with kids can be frustrating at times so be prepared for that.
We first visited Dubai en-route Turkey, for 3 days.


Day 1: On the day of arrival we visited: > Dubai Mall > Aquarium and underwater zoo > Dubai fountain

Dubai Mall is one of the largest mall in UAE.  The Aquarium and underwater zoo is located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is the largest suspended aquariums in the world.
It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species.

The Dubai fountain is a choreographed fountain show, next to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. We saw the evening show. The evening shows starts at 6.00 pm until 12.00 midnight ( shows in every 30 mins). These are kid friendly places and can be easily covered in 4-5 hours.

Day 2: Our friend took us to few important landmarks. Because the weather was hot and we just managed to get down from the car and click some pics. Little one was sleeping inside the car. Evening was spent spending time with friends and relatives.

The other places to visit are: Miracle Garden, Dubai Village, Butterfly Garden. We couldn’t visit those places as we didn’t have time and we wanted to come again when our son is little older, as now he will not remember anything, and it will be him who will enjoy the most.

  • It is very necessary to carry a stroller if you have a baby or toddler.
  • Our son suffered from loose motion for 2 days. So don’t forget to carry all the necessary medicines with prescription. Small children may fall sick due to change in weather and new place. Be prepared to face the unexpected and take necessary remedies/ precautions for the same.
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Zero Waste Travel Tips With a Toddler

Zero waste travel tips

We have been practicing zero waste lifestyle at home for some time now and this time I adopted the same while traveling to Pondicherry with my 3 years old son. We have been trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle by adopting green methods like composting wet waste at home, buying plastic-free packaging materials, making our own cosmetics/toiletries, floor cleaner, using reusable straw, cup, cutlery, etc. giving away all kinds of plastic items and food pouches for recycling.

One of the most important things, we can do to protect our environment is, to find ways to reduce waste. There is not a perfect zero-waste solution, but there are some little things we can each do. It just requires some advance planning.

Single-use items like- water bottles, cups, straws, have an impact not only on the environment but also on us.

Here are my zero-waste travel tips ideas that I followed:

  • Packed our own  food in reusable containers (or reusable food wrap) instead of buying that are wrapped in plastics
  • Carried our own water bottles and refilled them after security check-in. Refilled at regular intervals from drinking water station
  • Carried reusable, steel straw handkerchief,  steel cup, cutlery, and containers
  • Cloth diapers (in case of emergency)
  • Cloth pad and mensuration cup (in case of emergencies) (cloth pad)
  • Loose green tea leaves
  • Electric kettle
  • Carried toiletries like- shampoo bar, detergent powder, soap,
  • Steel straws, spoons, snacks in small containers for the little one
  • Requested the hotel staff to provide drinking water in a jar instead of water bottles
Zero waste travel tips
Carried our own utensils

 

 

Cloth Diaper: Zero waste travel tips
Cloth Diaper: Zero waste travel tips

As a result, I could save 10 single-use straws from going to the trash. No unnecessary buying of water bottles.

 

Trash that we generated:

  • One water bottle was kept in the hotel room and my little one was feeling thirsty
  • 2 chocolate wraps someone gave it (which I got back with me)

I am most guilty about the carbon footprints that I contribute while taking a flight. I know flying is bad for the environment and all, but unfortunately, it was my only option.’ Otherwise, we mostly travel by public transport or on foot.

Planning ahead for the trip will not only help you lessen your environmental impact, but it will also make your whole traveling experience more enjoyable. It was my first attempt at making a zero waste travel and I am glad I could attain it to some extent.

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3 Days in Puducherry: My 1st Trip with my son

3 Days in Puducherry: My 1st Trip with my son

Diwali vacations were approaching and I wanted to utilise these two weeks rather than sitting at home, getting bored by doing household chores, and trying numerous ways to keep my little one engaged. When the little one is at home, I just can’t do any productive work like reading a book, working on my laptop, etc. As my husband was busy with work and traveling, I decided to take a 3 days trip to Puducherry, with my 3-year-old son. The thought of traveling with a kid is enough to make you sit at home and regret the days lost. I challenged myself to take this trip as it will be a kind of experiment with Agniv as I will know how to keep him entertained/occupied and the difficulties that come our way which will help me `in preparing for our next trip. The fear of what if they….will not let you travel.

Agniv has shown keen interest in traveling in whichever mode of transport we have taken. He observes his surroundings, enjoys watching what is happening around him. Kids at this age can`t be at one place even for a minute, so I keep him engaged by talking to him about everything and anything happening around us.

Pondicherry officially known as Puducherry is the capital and the most populous city of the Indian Union Territory. Though very small, it was the largest French colony in India and the city has a long and interesting history of trade and war. Did all the bookings well in advance.

Two weeks before traveling, I prepared a list of items to carry in my handbag and what to pack in the suitcase. Flying with kids could be disastrous if you don’t plan and prepare in advance and you can`t travel light with kids. The handbag mostly had Agniv`s stuff like a water bottle, a coloring book with crayon colors, few toys (1 or 2 new toys), cloth towel, an extra set of clothes, hand sanitizer, old newspaper, snacks in different small containers, tissue paper, paper bag, spoon, straw, stole, etc. (I prefer a backpack over shoulder bag) Planning and making a checklist of items to carry has always helped me in taking a trip. And here is how we spent 3 Days in Puducherry: My 1st Trip with my son.

 

 

3 Days in Puducherry: My 1st Trip with my son
Basic Essentials for the trip
3 Days in Puducherry: My 1st Trip with my son
What I carried to keep Agniv engaged

Day 1 of our 3 Days in Puducherry: 

Our flight was at 7.25 in the morning from Mumbai to Chennai which would take around 2 hours. The day before traveling I didn’t let Agniv sleep in the afternoon (he sleeps in the afternoon after coming from school for about 1.5 -2 hours). As he didn’t sleep in the afternoon he went to sleep at around 7 in the evening. On the day of our journey, I got up early, took bath, made breakfast, packed some snacks.

Took some effort to wake up Agniv. His father had to wake up also who just came at night from Guwahati.

 

 

On our way to Chennai
Inside the Aircraft



3 days trip to Puducherry
Sleeping peacefully inside the aircraft

I have been telling this Agniv for quite a few days that we will be traveling on a plane soon. Agniv already had the experience of flying and was excited to get into a plane. Few minutes after takeoff he went off to sleep and got up just before landing. And I was sooo…..happy, what else do u need? After reaching Chennai airport we took a cab to PMBT(bus station)and from there we took a bus to Pondicherry. The bus ride took almost 4 hours. Agniv enjoyed his bus ride, looking out of the window, munching on some snacks. He slept for an hour also then he kept popping through the window and would ask me every 15 minutes if the bus ride over?

 

3 days trip to Puducherry
At Chennai Airport

We reached Chennai at around 3.30 in the afternoon, checked into the hotel, freshened up, had our food, and after that, we stepped out to explore the nearby places. Google map was our constant companion. Our first visit was to a nearby café called ZUKA CakeShop.

Before commencing this journey, I checked where is the hotel located, which are the nearby cafes and restaurants, how far are the tourist places from the hotel with reviews online. I ordered one Hot-chocolate after reading the reviews online. They served in a tiny cup of coffee with 2 pieces of chocolate block and one spoon made from chocolate. Never seen or had a chocolate spoon before. Agniv was looking at me with amazement when I took a bite of the spoon.

 

Hot chocolate at Zuka Cake Shop

From there we went to the Sunday bazaar, which was within walking distance. It is flocked by locals and tourists who come here to buy the wide range of products which are available at very affordable rates. Didn’t spend much time here as there was nothing of interest and the market was very crowded. We hardly spent around 30 minutes and from there we headed towards Xtasi café. Heard so much about this place online. Can’t afford to miss visiting this place. Ordered one wood-fire pizza. After a long time, I had an amazing pizza. Agniv also enjoyed his share of Pizza. It was an early dinner for us as I was tired and sleepy and I wanted Agniv to get proper sleep and rest so that he won`t get cranky the next day. It is very important to get proper rest for children and better to sleep early and set out early the next day. Walked down to the hotel and went to sleep at 8 o`clock.

 

3 days in Puducherry
Waiting for our Pizza
3 days in Puducherry
A Slice of Pizza for the boy

Day 2 of our 3 Days in Puducherry:

I got up before Agniv, had some tea, took bath, packed the bag for the day, which had some snacks like biscuits, dry fruits, cake, 2 water bottles, 2 stainless straw, one empty tiffin(to pack any leftovers), cash & card, sunscreen, a set of clothes for Agniv, tissue/towels, antiseptic cream for minor bruises.

 

Breakfast at a local joint with the locals

After Agniv got up, took him for a bath, got dressed, and we were all set for the day. Agniv was very excited and I was praying everything to move smoothly. After breakfast at a local roadside restaurant, we took an Auto for the day, which was waiting outside the tourist information center.

Our first stop was at Aruimigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, a traditional Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganapati. My auto rickshawala Mr.Murugan guided me through the temple, explaining to me about all the deities placed there.

From there I went to Aurobindo Ashram which was nearby only, the favorite tourist destination. Though Agniv was about to turn 3 they didn’t allow him inside as kids below 3 years are not allowed. I left Agniv with Mr.Murugan (I took a risk here) and quickly finished off. I wanted to spend more time here but, maybe next time. I was worried for Agniv and came out in 10 mins. And there he was with Mr. Murugan, such a relief.

From there we headed towards Auroville. The main attraction here is the “Matrimandir”. After reaching Matrimandir a shaded 10-12 minute walk leads from the Visitors’ Center to the Viewing Point. A free electric shuttle service is available for those who may find it difficult to walk the approx. 1 km distance each way. Free bus service is available for the return journey from the Viewing Point to the Visitors Center for all those who wish to avail of it. We took the shuttle services. We spent about 45 minutes there looking at the dome covered by golden discs, reflecting sunlight. Clicked some pics, went to the washroom, and refilled our water bottles.

3 days trip to Puducherry
At MatriMandir

From here we went to a local restaurant for lunch and then to paradise beach. Agniv went off to sleep after lunch and I had to carry him to the booking counter for a boat ride. He woke up before getting on the boat.

At the beach

Paradise Beach is situated in Chunnambar, close to Pondicherry town. The beach is very clean with a beautiful view. The boathouse Is the entry point to the beach. The tourism department runs the cruise with a capacity of about 15-20 passengers with an interval of 30 minutes. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the beach from the boathouse. The cost per person both ways is Rs 300. Agniv was enjoying this ride with beautiful backwater all along.

Ended the day`s tour after visiting The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Mr.Murugan dropped us near Rock beach. Did some shopping at Handicraft Emporium.

Agniv with Mr.Murugan

For some quick snacks, we stopped at Lecafe which is located overlooking the beach. Great location with options to sit outside and inside. After spending an hour around rock beach we headed back to our hotel.

Happy Agniv

What an eventful day it was and I am surprised to see that Agniv enjoyed more than me and he didn’t trouble me at all.

 

 

Day 3 of our trip to Puducherry:

Breakfast At New Banana Cafe & Restaurant
New Banana Cafe & Restaurant

After having breakfast at a local restaurant, we went to see the museum which was closed yesterday. The museum is especially noted for its collection of fine lost-wax bronzes from the period of the Chola Empire.

The Museum’s collection includes 81 Chola bronze sculptures, ranking as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. We spent around 15 minutes there and from there went to Bharti park. Bharti govt. park is within walking distance from the museum in white town. A good place to sit and relax in the midst of mother nature. This park is surrounded by Government Hospital, Pondicherry Private Club, the Legislative Assembly, and Lt. Governor’s Palace. From there we walked down, exploring the by-lanes of white town, visited 2-3 shops, enjoying a stroll.

 

Indian Coffee House

We slept for some time then in the evening I decided to visit the Indian coffee house for some quick snacks. The place was packed, but we managed to find one table at a corner. It’s a restaurant chain in India, run by a series of worker co-operative societies. It has a strong presence across India with nearly 400 coffee houses. Our day ended with an evening stroll along the wide pavement of rocky beach, followed by dinner at Café Xtchi.

 

Dinner At Cafe Xtchi
Dinner At Cafe Xtchi
Cafe Xtchi

The next day we took a bus back to Chennai and from Chennai to Mumbai we flew down With that our 3 days in Puducherry came to end and I am so glad I took this trip with Agniv.

What I learned from this trip is that the key ingredients to a smooth vacation when traveling with your little ones are to pay attention to their needs. Kids can adjust to any situation very easily provided there is the right balance between rest time and activities. Now I am very confident to take up any trip with just two of us.

At Rock Beach


Also Read: Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience
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3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1 Year Old.

3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1 Year Old.
                             
3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1 Year Old.
At a Beach with my 1-Year-Old

My husband and I love to travel on any given day. After traveling to different places in India and the US between Nov to Feb(4 months) including visits to our native places in Assam (including some solo trips ), it was time to take a rest.

And within a month I conceived. I guess traveling helped my mind and body to relax, as we’re trying hard for the last year for a baby, followed by a miscarriage.

My pregnancy went smoothly and we had a lovely baby boy. Life became a roller-coaster ride for us. But the travel bug was crawling inside me and pinching me from time to time. Travel bug doesn’t come and go, it resides permanently inside you.

I desperately needed a break from the daily routine. Oops did I say daily routine? The daily routine doesn’t change whether you are home or on a vacation when you have a baby.

Our son was approaching his 1 st birthday, and 10 days after that we had to leave for our native place in Assam. Before going home, we took a short 3 Days Trip to Goa with our 1-Year-Old.

One week before our trip, I introduced my son to formula milk (he didn’t have outside milk before). So in public places, I don’t have to cover him or look for a secluded place to breastfeed him.

I even made a checklist of items like his daily essentials and food items to carry for this 3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1-Year-Old. This helped me with what to pack and when to feed him what.

 

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: Bread dipped in milk/warm water or cerelac or oats or powered cornflakes
  • Mid-morning: Milk
  • Lunch: Little Moppets Foods 
  • Afternoon: Breastmilk/ Formula milk
  • Dinner: Dal rice/ Khichdi

 

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Same as day 1 or fruits
  • Mid-morning: Milk
  • Lunch: Little Moppets Foods 
  • Afternoon: Breastmilk/ Formula milk
  • Evening: Banana or any other fruits

 

Day 3:

  • Breakfast: Same as day 1and 2 or another alternative
  • Mid-morning: Milk
  • Lunch: Little Moppet Foods 
  • Afternoon: Beastmilk/ Formula milk
  • Evening: Cakes, biscuits, fruits
  • Dinner: khichdi or dal rice or roti

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What to pack for goa with a baby? Below is the list of items to pack for a short trip: 

  • Diapers,
  • Extra set of clothes,
  • Toys and books
  • Formula milk powder
  • 2-3 feeding bottles
  • Electric kettle
  • Cloth bag

Below is the list of items to carry when out for the whole day:

  • Diapers,
  • Extra set of clothes,
  • 2-3 toys,
  • Food,
  • Fruits,
  • Formula milk powder,
  • Water,
  • Hot water in a flask

I tried to maintain his schedule, which includes his meal time and nap time.

One the day our journey our flight was scheduled to depart at 4.30 in the evening from Mumbai airport. Our son got up at his usual time in the morning, had breakfast, played for some time, took a bath, and went to sleep. While he was sleeping we had our lunch, washed the utensils, got ready and everything was done. In the meantime, he also got up, dressed him, breastfeed-ed him and we were ready to leave for the airport.

After checking in he had a banana. At this age, they need to eat something at a gap of 2-3 hours. We still had time for boarding. Before boarding the flight I prepared his formula milk which he had during takeoff. And he slept and got up just before we landed.

We had a nice time together, though most of the time my concern was, whether he is enjoying or not, is he hungry or sleepy?

What I understood from this trip at this age is that we need to maintain his meal and nap time, so that they don’t become cranky and we all have a memorable vacation.

3 Days Trip to Goa with a 1 Year Old.
With his father at the beach

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Kids packing list: For one day outing.

Kids packing list: For one day outing.

Duration: 7-8 hours.

Toddler`s age: 2.5 yrs – 4 years

Going out with your toddler for a full day or half day also requires planning and packing your bag accordingly. Keeping a checklist of items on what to pack will make packing hassle-free. I prefer to pack my bag a day earlier or the first thing in the morning, to avoid the last-minute rush. Kids’ packing list differs from person to person. A packing list for the day might be different from one for the road trip or when traveling by flight or train.  But there are few things which you will always require no matter where you go.

Check here Road trips with a baby and toddler in India

2 things to keep in mind before packing kids bag are:

1. The Destination:

If you have not been to the place do try to find out about the place. Are you going to a friend’s or relative’s place or for a fun outing, to attend some event, going out shopping, or going to the beach? One need to pack your kids bag accordingly.

2. The Bag:

What type of bag to carry? A large tote bag, diaper bag, or two separate bags, one for your toddler and one for yourself. I prefer to carry one large bag which will fit everything, instead of two separate bags. Have a look at Tote bags: tote bags and diaper bag

           

Kids packing list: For one day outing.
                 Diaper Bag

Kids packing list: Checklist of items to carry

1. Clothes: Kids packing list

Always carry an extra set of clothes keeping in mind the weather conditions and the destination. 2-3 hand towels or cloth- napkin/paper napkins or wet- wipes. Buy wipes here: wipes

2. Water:

I always prefer to carry water from home. I found this leak-proof water bottle very handy. This insulated water bottle can be used to store hot/ warm water and it will be very useful during winters.

 

Kids packing list
Insulated Water Bottle

 

3. Food:

Even if your child is big enough to eat outside food, do carry some snacks with you because you never know when they will feel hungry or in case they refuse to have the food served at the venue. Snacks like protein biscuits, dry fruits, cakes can be easily carried in a small container with lids. And they easily fit into your bags also. Have a look at containers with lid: Tupperware Tropical Plastic Container Set, 230ml, Set of 2, Multicolour

4. Diapers:

Carry a few diapers if your little one is still using one. My son was well potty trained by 18 months, so I didn’t carry any diapers. I made him eat papaya in the morning and he cleared his bowel very leaving the house( I was so relaxed). One can even carry this portable baby child potty urinal emergency toilet. This will fit into a large tote bag.

 

5. Toys:

Carry one or two small toys in case they get bored or you are stuck in traffic.

 

Other Essentials to include in kid`s packing list

These are some other essentials that you might require: Face Cream, Mosquito repellent, Umbrella, Hand sanitizer, Mask and Trash bag

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