Shelly Rivoli has solid travel credentials. She took her first flight as a parent at just 5 weeks post partum. By the time her daughter was 2, the family had explored 4 continents and a handful of islands. Then she wrote a book, had another baby, and kept going.
Now, I’ve got some travel credentials of my own (not to mention a five-year head start on Shelly). I offered to review Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children, but I didn’t expect to learn anything.
“When camping with an infant, your biggest concern will be nighttime temperatures. Babies can’t snuggle down with their faces in their sleeping bags like the rest of us.” (Chapter 2, Deciding Where to Go).
“Encourage a palate for universally available foods-rice, yogurt, vegetables, beans, and noodles can be had in virtually any country.” (Chapter 4, Preparing for Changes).
“Any time you will crossing the border with your child, but without the other parent, you will need a notarized letter of consent from the absent parent, or evidence that you are the child’s sole legal guardian.” (Chapter 17, Special Situations).
See what I mean?
Shelly breaks down all kinds of stuff for parents: malaria medications, international car seat laws, scenic train trips around the country, cruising, and more.
I wish this book had been around when my friends were having babies. It would have been the perfect shower gift. Come to think of it, it still is.