TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES
Some time ago I read about Julia Roberts and her panic about honey. This was when she was pregnant with her twins and she had come across the admonition not to give children under a certain age honey. She hadn't heard about this before, she was an adult, and she was like what else don't I know?! While we were thinking about and then scouring the internet for advice about traveling with infants we sometimes felt that maybe we were gonna tell people a bunch of stuff they already knew. But we kept on coming back to this funny and sweet story. None of us knows everything! So here's our 'honey' list for traveling with babies!
1. Bring extra diapers and at least one change of baby clothes on an airplane. Nursing babies are famous for overflowing diapers. Definitely two separate outfits now that we think about it. And maybe a change of clothes for yourself.
2. If you're bringing a small traveling bed for your infant try a few trial runs at home before you leave.
3. Bring plenty of hand and face wipes.
4. Babies are quite sensitive to changes in air pressure. So try to breastfeed or give them a pacifier during take offs and landings.
5. If possible, plan your seat ahead of time. Sitting near a window for privacy while breastfeeding or towards the front of the plane might make your flight less stressful.
6. If there are skycaps (airport porters) around, use them! Tip them!
7. Before you leave home do research on the airports you'll be heading to. Some of them provide child oriented facilities. Quite surprising. We read up on some them and they sounded pretty awesome. Also, don't forget about airlines. If you can be flexible some airlines are more child friendly than others.
8. Bring your baby to the doctor for a check-up beforehand and tell the doctor you'll be traveling.
9. Pack blue painter's tape to baby proof a room. You can cover up electrical outlets, smooth over cables and tape up sharp corners.
10. Clip on toys are nice to keep your little one occupied while you wait in line.
11. Book flights with as few connections as possible.
12. If you can afford it, consider buying a seat for your baby and bring his/her FAA approved car seat. And don't forget to ask about Affordable Infant Fares.
13. Order heavy staples liker diapers from an online source and have them shipped to your destination. This might not work for every type of vacation but if you can swing it you'll be traveling that much lighter.
14. Gate check your stroller, if you're bringing one. You'll have it right up to when you board the plane and then right when you get off. Remember to collapse or fold it when you hand it over. Handlers may not know the right way and the airline likely won't be responsible if it's damaged.
15. Once you get to your room create a diaper changing area. Place a disposable changing pad on top of a towel, add a box of wipes and a stack of diapers next to the pad.
16. Always check for new regulations about carry on items.
17. Although most airlines usually board families with small children first, if they don't, It doesn't hurt to ask to board first! You'll need the extra time to get settled without people in the aisles.
18. Before you get up to go to the bathroom ask a flight attendant which ones have fold down changing tables. And bring plastic bags to dispose diapers.
19. If you're bringing frozen breast milk store it in small soft sided coolers. Bring along a collapsible bowl and ask the flight attendant for warm water to defrost.
20. Wear comfortable clothes! The last thing you need is to be uncomfortable during a long trip. Check out our best travel styles here.
21. And finally, if your baby is fussy or jet lagged those first few days remember that after a while your baby will adjust! We all do!!
We'd love to hear any other tips so please feel free to comment below!