4th of July is coming. Are you going out of town with you baby/toddler?
Here are Marilee’s Tips to help you prepare and have a great time with your family!
- Making the change
- Flying: when is a good time? where to sit?
- Keep a beverage available at all times – dehydration can be a problem when flying
- Always bring more snacks, water, milk, and formula that you think you’ll need
- Disposable bottle holder- simply throw the liner away – no more cleaning
- Disposable bottle liners that are pre- sterilized in a roll
- L’ovedbaby 4 in 1 Nursing Shawl or nursing poncho
- Sassy four part formula container
- Similac single packet formula container
- Prince Lionheart On The Go Bottle Warmer- also good for jars
2. Making the Change
- Some planes have a small changing table
- Ask cabin crew for assistance
- Use place in the rear of the plane
- If at your seat, be sensitive to your neighbors
- Use diaper pins to attach a blanket to your seat and the seat in front of you for privacy
- Wrap soiled wipes in a perfumed polythene nappy sack and dispose in bathroom trash
- Safeline Kids Timberline Diaper backpack are easy to carry
- Munchkin Disposable diaper bags- can easily be packed away
- Cushie Mat for changing non slip, waterproof and germ free
- Diaper fanny pack or Ziploc bag with essentials- can easily be stored under the seat
- One packet of wipes and diapers in Ziploc bag*
- Soogarbooger by EC for clean and dirty laundry
- Grab a blanket and pillow as soon as you get on the plane
- Consider buying child their own seat for your own and your baby’s comfort
- Pack a favorite cuddly in an easily accessible place
- Baby sleeping bag
- Lullabies on tapes or IPOD so they know it is time for sleep
- Wrap toys to add to their entertainment value
- Bring toys out one by one to get the maximum use
- Bring a box of colorful band aids- it will keep them entertained for hours
- Take some old favorites and some new surprises o Hideaway a couple of toys a week or two before trip and re-find them on plane.
- Take a photo album with pictures of people you will see to get them acquainted
- Don’t pack noisy toys or games to avoid bothering neighbors
When is a good time to fly?
- Morning or evening- stay on their schedule
- Non peak hours- midday and midweek to get better seat and can stretch out
- During the child’s naptime
- Overnight if you have a long flight.
- Non-stop flights to avoid stop-overs
Where should we sit?
- Reserve a bulkhead seat for one or more legroom and playroom
- Some airlines have bassinets in place of bulkhead (for long distances)
- If using car seats, must have Federal Aviation Administration approval sticker.
- Book seat in middle of plane near wings for smoothest ride
- Place yourself between child and aisle to prevent items overhead from injuring child.
- Remember that children are not allowed to sit in exit rows when making a reservation
- Breast or bottle feed or drink from spout or straw
- Make sure child has no ear infection/pre-flight cold- get decongestant if so.
- Put drops in ears before flying o Yawning is also good way to help relieve the pressure
- Wake child before you begin descent- landing is usually harder on ears.
- Spend some time reading books with traveling themes
- If you fear motion sickness, talk to your pediatrician o
- If you have fear of traveling, be sure not to pass it on to child.
- Snap on wheels for infant car seats so child can ride in the car seat
- Kid Keeper or Sure Steps Safety Harness to keep your child close-by
- Small strollers will fit in luggage bins
- Elite cruiser infant front pack so you can carry while push luggage
- Convertible car seat that converts into a stroller is great to have.