hawaii with a little

Ariel + I have gone to Hawaii together for the past four years. It has become one of our favorite places to travel to. We love being able to just wake up and head to the pool or beach and relax. This time definitely looked a little different than the previous times that we have gone since we now have a little one but we still had so much fun.

We were a little worried about bringing carter since she’s nine months old and is such the little mover but honestly she was great the entire time and I think she loved it more than we did!

Where we stayed:
We stayed at Aston at Papkea Resort in Lahaina. It was super convenient with Carter because she had plenty of room to crawl around on the ground and we didn’t have to worry about her getting hurt. The other thing that we loved about the condo was that we could cook meals – it’s not always easy going out with littles!

Beaches we loved:
Honokowai – My absolute favorite beach for anyone traveling with little ones. The beach has a coral/rock wall that protects babes from the surf making it easy for them to sit in the water and play without mama having to worry. The other bonus about the beach was that there are place to eat right across the street which made our beach days easy.

Spreckelsville Beach – This beach is a little bit of a drive from where we stayed on the west side of the island but it was absolutely beautiful and had so much sand for the littles to run around on. We also saw turtles here which was really neat!

Black Rock Beach – If you’re looking for a beach that had shade this one is great! We were able to setup carters little tent underneath a tree so that she could take a nap in there and not get over heated. Also there are lot of places to get lunch just walking distance from the beach.

What we brought:
Tent – This little tent is super easy to fold up + pack to bring with anywhere. We used it next to the pool + at the beach. Carter took most of her afternoon naps in it + played in it when she was awake. It has a cool pocket on the side of it which we stored our phones and keys in which was great.

Pool Floaty – We ended buying one at target and it worked great. Carter could lounge + we didn’t have to worry about her getting burnt since it had a shade. 

Sunscreen – This an obvious but we brought a ton and a few different kinds. We tried a lotion and honestly getting lotion on a baby every few hours wasn’t easy. We ended up using the spray and it was great.

Clip on chair - We bring this chair with us almost every time we travel. It clips on to tables and counters easily. We didn't need to bring it to restaurants because Maui has the best highchairs but we did use it in the condo.

Swim Diapers - Love the reusable ones! These are our favorite. Word of advice - size up!

We’re by no means experts at traveling to Hawaii with little ones but wanted to share what we did that worked for us. If you have any questions we’d love for you to reach out + ask! We’re happy to answer them. Aloha!

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travel tips

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Our Experience in traveling with one babe under one.

Carter has been on twenty eight flights to date and there is no plan to stop anytime soon. To keep it real, traveling with a baby is no joke! There are potentially seventeen extra things to pack, four extra bags to wheel around, and not to mention one additional human to keep happy and safe BUT don’t worry we’ve got this down to a chaotic science these days and wanted to share our wealth of knowledge with all of you mamas out there.

Invest in a car seat travel bag! It can carry much more than just the car seat. We have the Brica Travel Bag. It has wheels so rolling it around in the airport is easy. We’re able to fit her GB Pockit Stroller, midsize Herschel bag, and Maxi Cosi car seat in it.

Wear baby from the car to the check in counter so that you can pull bags or have free hands for check in. We wear Carter in our Tula, its comfortable and easy to get on + off. Once you’re checked in transfer baby from carrier to stroller and stuff the carrier in the bag before you hand it off to be checked.

Check as much as you can! Baby items like car seats and pack n plays check for free.

Always have your littles shot record or birth certificate handy. Airlines will require proof of age for any lap child so don’t forget this! Also, if you can, call ahead and let the airline know that you’re traveling with a lap child, this makes the check in process much quicker.

Bring two blankets for baby. We use one to wrap carter up on the plane when it’s cold and the other we use on the ground in the airport. I know, sounds gross but it’s hard to contain our little bug these days and letting her play on the ground and get some energy out makes the plane ride a little easier.

You can bring baby food and breast milk through TSA. If you have an ice pack let them know before it goes through screening, sometimes this helps and you won’t have to have additional screening but all airports are different. The other thing that I do that has helped is kept my breast milk in three ounce bags or bottles. I love to store all things cold in our Skip Hop bag, it’s small and fits inside of our diaper bag.

Pack toys, books, snacks, teethers, more snacks, and an iPad. We use the iPad as a last resort. We’ve filled it baby apps and Carters favorite movie, Moana.

Last, bring S.O.S gifts for people around you. You never know what kind of mood your babe will be in so little gifts like drink coupons or Starbucks gift cards to hand out will help to keep people happy.

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