Sexy Summer Travel – with Baby
~By Taryn Bickley, Consultant, Julie Watson Style
The summer travel season is upon us, and with that comes the usual headaches of what to bring, leave, buy, and forgo when things get really tight and harried. For me, this lesson came early when our little family boarded a flight to San Francisco for a five-day Carmel-by-the-Sea Memorial Day respite. Sounds lovely, no? It was a beautiful time to visit, the area replete with seasonal foods, the harvest nearing, the flowers and scenery lush and colorful. But it was still a trip with a baby.
Like you’d expect, we spent most of our time juggling our 11-month-old’s naps, meals, play, boredom, and the constant challenge of dressing him in unpredictable weather. But we also made time for elegant family dinners, a wine tour (yes, with the baby!), and a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Of course, just when we finally figured out our rhythm, it was time to leave. Would we go back? Heck yes. And here’s why:
1. Our child-friendly hotel wasn’t all-inclusive or mega big. It was quaint, quiet, and super stylish. Of course we made sure when booking that we had either a bathroom or closet large enough to accommodate our portable crib, plus a large balcony or patio. Why? We wanted to socialize without whispering!
2. I always pack lots of layers, coordinating colors so that everything can be worn together. I pack double for the baby and at least one extra outfit and sweater for me. Carter’s bodysuits — inexpensive and classic — are the perfect layering staple in cool temps.
3. No suitcase is complete without cardigans for baby and me! For baby, I love those by Pearls & Popcorn. Not only are they an ideal topper, but they’re also easily unbuttoned and removed. For me, my favorite cardigans are light and airy. This Theory version was similar to one I wore all throughout my pregnancy and beyond.
4. Pack a variety of toys that are light, squishy, and fun for babies. My favorites include tiny portable cars, Alex Toys Jr. I Can Cook kit, Tegu’s magnetic pocket pouch, and Leap Frog’s talking animal sounds machine.
5. Finally, I try to remember that this is my trip too and that I need to look stylish! I never leave home without a fabulous pair of wedges (even if they are impractical), a gorgeous patterned dress (hides spit-up and sticky hands), an easy shirtdress for day (classic and chic), and a fantastic tote to finish it off.
To learn more about how Taryn Bickley and the Julie Watson Style team are helping make moms and dads look sexy all year round, contact them at info@juliewatsonstyle.