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9 Tips for Flying on Airplane with Baby

If you’re traveling with your baby or young toddler soon, then consider the following tips that will help to make your airplane flight go smoothly: 

1.  Consider the weather at destination when packing. 

  • You may also want to consider the temperature where you will be staying.  Does Grandma like to keep the temperature ridiculously warm in her house?  Plan accordingly.

2.  Free up your hands by bringing a backpack for your carry-on (instead of a diaper bag. 

  • Also, consider purchasing a baby carrier, such as the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Air, as this will free up your hands as well.

3.   If you can, buy diapers, wipes and formula when you get to your destination.

  • BUT pack plenty for the plane and travel time – airports don’t sell diapers!

4.  Consult the airline if you want to take your car seat on board.

  • If your baby sleeps well in his car seat  it may a good idea to bring it on board with you if you’re traveling during nap or sleeping time.

5. Use the restrooms located in the front of the plane for diaper changes.  Trust me.

  • The restrooms in the back of the plane are loud (because of the airplane’s engines), and this can scare babies.
  • Remember:  Absorbent diapers are your best friend.  I recommend using overnight diapers with extra protection (Pampers Extra Protection is my favorite diaper for sizes 3 and up).

6.  If your child likes to throw toys on the floor, consider packing toys that won’t roll away on the airplane floor, like small stuffed animals or rubber rings.

  • Gerber Graduates Squeezable Pouches are super easy and mess-free…you don’t even need a spoon – you or baby can just squeeze it in their mouth. Be sure to place these pouches in a Quart-sized bag when you go through security.  Cereal Puffs and Cheerios also make excellent snacks.
  • Keep rotating out the toys and snacks while on the plane to keep baby stimulated.

7.  If and when crankiness occurs, walk your baby or young toddler around the plane.

  • Get on your plane-neighbor’s good side: if your child is crying or acting up, smile and say you’re sorry and that you’re doing the best you can.  They may help you.
  • Don’t forget that you are a strong, smart, mommy-ninja, and you can handle anything.

8.  Have the baby drink a bottle or liquid during take-off and landing to relieve ear pressure pain. 

  • I give my baby a little Tylenol before the flight in case the air pressure hurts her ears (ask your doctor first).
  • Use a pacifier if necessary – anything to get that “sucking” sensation going in their ear canal.

9.  Try to book your toddler or baby their own seat – you will want the space.  

Bonus Tip # 10: 

  • Remember:  Make use of your sense of humor! You’ll need it!


Please share your tips for traveling 
with a baby or toddler!

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WiFi Video Baby Monitors

    
WiFi Baby 2.0 Baby Monitor
2013 Model – (WFB2013)

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a WiFi network baby monitor that has great reviews, and the WiFi Baby 2.0 has caught my attention.  For those of you who are on the market for a new video baby monitor, this may be of interest to you.  The WiFi Baby 2.0 uses your home WiFi network to stream video and audio to your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC (up to four devices at a time can be linked).  

The WiFi Baby 2.0 can also become a become a nanny-cam, and you can record audio and video while you’re at work (without any fees for cloud storage).  Another benefit to this WiFi enabled baby monitor is that it is password-protected (both video and audio);  the most secure baby video monitors are those that hook-up to your home’s wireless internet network.

The WiFi Baby 2.0 takes time and patience to set-up, as linking it securely with your internet can be a complicated process, but once the WiFi Baby 2.0 is up and running, it will be well worth it.   Just keep the customer service phone number handy during set-up (they are very helpful).


If the setup of a WiFi baby monitor sounds like too complicated of a process, then the Samsung Digital Wireless Pan Tilt Video Baby Monitor is a great alternative.  Try to steer clear from analog-based  baby monitors, as analog baby monitors are not secure and can pose potential security and privacy issues (see the video from ABC News below for more on privacy issues with analog video baby monitors).





Share your experiences and recommendations 
for baby monitors!
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How This Simple Tip Can Make Your Labor & Delivery Experience More Comfortable

Tip: Bring your own pillow from home to the Labor and Delivery Unit.

This is advice that I feel quite strongly about:  Bring your own pillow to the Birthing Inn or Birth Center when you deliver your baby.    Put it on that packing list.  You will thank me later.


Why?  Because hospital pillows suck (unless you like sleeping on foamy cardboard).  There are going to be a dozen of other factors that will potentially interfere with your sleep during your hospital stay  (annoying in-laws that don’t get the “hint” and won’t leave the room, breast-feeding challenges, etc.).  Don’t let a crappy pillow be one of them.  


To a highly hormonal pregnant woman, there is also something incredibly comforting in a familiar pillow…nostalgia.  What is better than the very pillow that you sleep with every night – the 

pillow crafted with just the right puffiness and softness/firmness balance to your liking?  

Tip:   If you have a water-proof pillow cover, this could be beneficial if you are worried about

ruining your pillow with the ooey-gooeyness of childbirth (blood, placenta juice, etc.).

Another point:  Foam hospital pillows have a limited usefulness as breastfeeding support pillows.  They don’t mold/conform to your shape and the baby’s shape as well as the pillows with a more plush material.  


Side Note:  Great books with great advice and perspectives, and a humorous tone, are  that Jenny McCarthy book (“Belly Laughs”) or the “Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine  (both are super awesome/funny prego books).


Another Tip:  I kept a “pack last minute list” on my mirror in my bathroom – it had items that I needed everyday but knew I wanted to bring with me to the hospital.  Bringing my pillow was the greatest packing decision I made. 


Baby Gift Idea: Toddler Sleeping Bag


My little one got this Toddler Sleeping Bag from Pottery Barn Kids as a First Birthday present from her great aunt.  I don’t think a cuter sleeping bag exists on this planet.  She loves this thing – she is constantly kissing (“muah!”) the bear’s face!

The sleeping bag is extremely soft and has a lot of padding! She’s obviously still too young to actually sleep in the sleeping bag safely (she is only 13-months-old), but it’s great for playtime!  It’s very comfortable – I’ve honestly fallen asleep on it a few times (it’s very inviting!). This plush little bear bag definitely puts my childhood sleeping bag to shame!

Best Strategy for Flying With Your Baby or Toddler (Results in!)

Toddler Sleeping on Airplane

I’m happy that we stuck to our plan for our travel and flight with our 13-month-old toddler. Our strategy for ensuring that we got a spare seat for our toddler (coined the “Who Wants to Sit Next to Baby on the Plane?” Strategy) worked for one out of two of our flights this trip!  (50% Success Rate).  Historically, and overall, this strategy has worked for 4 out of 6 flights (67% Success Rate).  It’s easy, free and worth your time to try if you’re traveling with a baby/toddler under the Age of 2-years-old.

Recap: The “Who Wants to Sit Next to Baby on the Plane?” Strategy 


For the full-details on this strategy, you can view the article Strategies for Booking a Free Plane Seat for Your Baby or Young Toddler When Traveling.  Otherwise, I recommended reading a quick re-cap on the details of this strategy:

  • If both you and your spouse are traveling, try to book an aisle and a window seat that are in the same row, and make sure that the middle seat in between you is open when you’re booking.   Other passengers who book their flights after you will usually not choose a middle seat and this can sometimes mean a free seat for your baby.   
  • Best Case Scenario:  The person in the middle seat will decide that sitting next to a baby doesn’t sound so fun.  This person will switch seats to a different row – leaving the middle seat free for you and your toddler to sprawl out!  
  • Worst Case Scenario: If the middle seat ends up getting booked, most people will happily trade you for one of your aisle/window seats so that you and your spouse can sit together. 
  • See my article: Strategies for Booking a Free Plane Seat for Your Baby or Young Toddler When Traveling for more details.  (We chose Strategy Number 1 from the article).

THE RESULTS:  

Strategy Implementation of “Operation Free Baby Seat on Airplane”
Here is a breakdown of the results of the strategies implementation:

Flight Number 1 (Departure Flight): Failure.

  • Our departure flight was oversold, so our seats were rearranged – voiding this strategy (very disappointing).


Flight Number 2 (Return Flight): Success!

  • On our return flight, the “Who Wants to Sit Next to a Baby on a Plane?” strategy was a complete success – the man in the middle seat between us decided to switch to a different middle seat that was in a row behind us (who wants to sit next to a baby?).  This left the middle seat in our row free for us to sprawl out!  


The new name for this strategy: The “Who Wants to Sit Next to a Baby on a Plane?” Strategy. Success! 


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