My husband and I are getting ready for a trip sans baby!  Here are some tips to make your time away easy on your kids and care-takers.

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Tip #1: Make a book that explains to your kids where you are going, where they are going, who they will be with, the fun things they will get to do, and when you will be back.  It helps the kids to know what to expect and also reassures them that you are coming back.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something simple that they can read for a week or two before you leave.

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Tip #2: Whether you are leaving your kids with a nanny or relative, leave a play by play schedule so that things aren’t overwhelming for the care taker.  It is also a good idea to leave grocery money, fun money, and a few gift cards to local attractions.  Make it fun for your kids…if they’re having fun you will be able to enjoy your time away too!

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Tip #3: Send snacks and food with the babysitter.  Feeding a kid is time consuming, so stock up on some favorites to make it easier on the sitter.  If you have a picky eater or a child with allergies, make sure you make a list of meal ideas.  It would also be nice to have meals ready to go in the freezer.

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Tip #4: Wrapped surprises for each day that you are gone.  Simple things like bubbles, coloring books, dollar store toys, etc.  It gives the kids something to look forward to.  Another fun idea would be to wrap a book up for each day.  Don’t forget the kids they will be staying with (if you are sending them to a relative or friend’s home).