1. Traveling may not be fun for awhile.
There are windows for traveling with children. From birth until they can walk, usually it is relatively easy to bring a baby on even a long-haul trip. When they’re really tiny, they just sleep and eat and have no idea where they are anyway, and up until they can walk, they are often happy to nap in a carrier or on the floor at your feet, play with the in-flight magazine, and stare at your face in captivated awe. Then comes the chunk of time between starting to walk and when they’re old enough to concentrate on a tablet full of video games. My daughter is very active and likes to walk and run as much as possible; needless to say, sitting still in an airplane seat does not work for her. When something does not work for her, she explains why. With screaming. She also gets too excited by travel to nap, and a toddler who hasn’t napped is a toddler whose parents want to abandon them in an airport bathroom. I have loved traveling for as long as I can remember, and have visited every continent except Antarctica. I have taken 25 hour train trips through Thai countryside, and ridden on the top of a bus in the Sahara desert, and swung in a hammock over a river in Lao. But at the moment, I’d rather stay home forever than go on a 6 hour plane-trip with my daughter, because I just know it’s going to be full of screaming and exhaustion. I always said I would never let a child of mine watch TV, but I honestly can’t wait until her attention span is long enough for us to pass her an iPad.