A couple of weeks ago, I traveled from Washington State to NYC, with a seven month old, all by myself. Let me tell you, it was not easy. For the most part she was an easy traveler, but that’s also because I made it easy for her.
While traveling with a baby can be difficult, these simple tips I used, made it much easier.
Bring a separate Diaper Bag
Most airlines only allow you to have one carry on bag and one personal bag – like a purse or backpack. However, if you are traveling with a baby or infant, lap or ticketed, you are allowed to bring a diaper bag, no charge. Take advantage of it. I packed it full of diapers, wipes, quiet toys, snacks (for me and baby), change of clothes (for both of us), and my personal things, like wallet, keys, cell phone, and camera.
Use an Infant Carrier
I can not tell you how often I use and recommend a baby carrier to friends and strangers, especially when I am traveling by myself. Between juggling the luggage and bags, the last thing I need to worry about is trying to hold onto the baby. Even when I bring our stroller, it’s still sometimes just easier to wear her.
For our trip, I brought with me my new BobaAir, and actually left with a Stokke. Both of which I will have more detailed posts on very soon.
Wear comfortable clothing
It is so important for you and baby to wear comfortable clothing. With having to fly across the country, and sitting for most of the time, I made sure that I wore loose, light, and easy to clean clothing.
Dress baby in layers, which you can easily take off or put back on. At times, the airport was chilly, but once we were on the plane with everyone on board it became quite warm and stuffy.
Since she exclusively breastfeeds I decided to wear my Leading Lady Square Neck Nursing Cami. I love the color and style of the tank, which looked cute paired with a cardigan sweater. Their nursing cami is soft, supportive, even for full chested ladies like myself, and wearing my nursing tank made her feedings a breeze on and off the plane.
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Besides my nursing tank, I also made sure to wear my chew-able jewelry from JellyStone Designs. She has been teething now for a while, but doesn’t take a pacifier. So when she would get fussy or bored, she would either sit in my lap and chew on my Organic Pendant necklace, or I would take off my Organic Bangle and let her chew away on that.
What I really love most about Jellystone Designs jewelry is the fact that they are 100% BPA Free. Practical jewelry made for the modern women with (or without) children. The necklaces include chunky pendants and are secured with break-away clasps, which separate easily when tugged or snagged.
These silicone jewelry pieces not only look really cute, but are a great non-toxic alternative to regular costume jewelry. They are ideal for:
- Active Women – waterproof , odorless pieces suitable to wear whilst playing sport or swimming
- Gourmet Cooks – heat resistant jewelry that will not support the growth of mold or bacteria.
- Office Workers – soft on wrists and quiet against office desks.
- Childcare Workers -soft & safe child friendly jewelry that is easily cleaned.
- Mom’s with Babies – perfect for teething babies to tug, suck and chew on or as a stylish nursing necklace.
I received a nursing tank from Leading Lady and jewelry pieces from Jellystone Designs for my review, which I absolutely loved having when traveling to BlogHer with my baby. All thoughts in this post are my own.