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10 Ways to Survive Traveling with a Baby

Guest Written By: Elle Sikorski 
Instagram: @ellevatehealth 
Blog: www.ellevatehealth.com

So long to the days when your biggest travel worry was whether your bag exceeded the allowable weight limit. As new moms, we’ve got a whole new set of concerns when it comes to traveling. In fact, the thought of going anywhere with your infant is one that can send any parent into a panic. Worried about what to pack, anxious about what the other passengers may think when baby is crying, and most importantly, concerned for the disruption of baby’s schedule are just a few of the many concerns a new mom will have while trip-planning. Call me crazy, but when my son, Benjamin, was just 16 weeks old, he, my husband and I took our first trip to Turks and Caicos. Two weeks later, Benjamin, my husband and I boarded an international flight to Poland for a week-long visit with family —on the way back it was just Ben and I alone. If my husband were able to come, he would have. We both felt that it was important for my family to meet Benjamin at this early age. When it comes to travel, I have done my fair share, however, traveling with a baby was a completely new challenge. It was crazy, memorable and fun! So, if you are a new mom and have been avoiding traveling with your baby, I can assure you that is not the nightmare you imagine it will be. Here’s what I learned about traveling with a baby and what I would like to pass on to other jet-setting mamas. 

1. Roll baby’s clothes when packing.

First, arrange all the clothes by outfit, then get rolling. Rolling saves you a TON of space in the suitcase. I brought one large suitcase for the both of us (and the diaper bag as my carry-on). If you want to be even more organized, purchase fold-up fabric storage boxes to group each item of clothing in. For example, pajamas in one box and onesies, socks and bibs in the other. Once they are rolled and packed in boxes, place into your suitcase. Voila! There you have a more organized space for both yours’ and baby’s clothes. 

2. Pack dark clothes for baby. 

Let’s face it… babies are messy eaters. Whether baby spits up his milk, or more of his pureed carrots end up on his shirt than in his belly, outfit changes happen often. That’s why I like to pack darker clothes. If baby has a minor spill, it will be less visible on dark clothing. 

3. Airbnb > Hotels. 

Pre-baby, my husband and I never really considered renting an apartment or entire home while traveling. We would always just find the best hotel, in the best location, with the intention of spending very little time in our room. Fast forward to today. Airbnb over a hotel any day! We always look for an Airbnb or rented apartment with a washer, dryer and kitchenette. With this added luxury, we are able to enjoy ourselves a little better – and Benjamin too! There’s more space, laundry available (which means packing less clothes), and the option to cook healthy meals. 

4. Bring a travel stroller. 

Although baby wearing is a wonderful option for strolling around the airport, at some point during your vacation, you will need a stroller. Whether you are out exploring and baby needs to lay down, or you’re tired of wearing baby on your chest, a stroller is a must. When traveling with a baby, I highly recommend using a travel stroller system. You could take your everyday stroller, however, it would probably be quite heavy to lug around. A lightweight travel stroller, on the other hand, will have a compact, one-handed fold and is generally easier to stow out of the way in small rooms or restaurants. There are also many travel strollers systems designed to accommodate infants. These strollers are specifically made with car seat insert options, so that parents don’t have to worry about their little one being too small for the stroller itself. 

5. Board early. 

Thankfully, most airlines will allow families with small children to board first. Boarding early will give you a few extra minutes to get your baby comfortable while the plane is empty. You’ll also get first dibs at the overhead compartment that’s directly above your seat. 

6. Find empty seats on the plane. 

If possible, and only after everyone has taken their seats, ask if there are any extra empty seats next to one another. This may seem like a long shot on packed planes, but there’s no harm in asking. You may even get lucky and find an empty bulkhead seat for extra leg room and bassinet space. 

7. Feed during take off & landing. 

During airline travel, it’s completely normal for your baby to become restless at take off and landing. The pressure on a baby’s little ears can be especially harsh during these changes in altitude. Whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, feeding them during take off and landing will ensure comfort, easing any added pressure to their precious ears.

8. Bring baby’s favourite toy. 

Bring 1-2 of your baby’s favorite toys to keep them comfortable. The familiarity of a favourite toy when in a rather unfamiliar place can go a long way. For Benjamin, it was his “bearsys.” I brought two in case one happened to get lost during travel.  

9. Don’t bring a pack n’ play. 

Every place I’ve ever traveled to has been able to provide a pack n’ play or a portable cot for baby to sleep in. All it takes is an email or phone call ahead of time to reserve one. Don’t lug one with you if you don’t have to! Even Airbnb’s often have them available (just bring a clean fitted sheet).  

10. Find a local babysitter. 

I obviously didn’t need to do this during my trip to Poland, but it’s something my husband and I have done on other trips we’ve taken with Benjamin. Finding a local babysitter can be a great way to get away for a dinner date sans baby — if you’re comfortable with it, that is. So, there you have it. I’m living proof that it’s possible to survive traveling with a baby. I hope these ten tips can help make your next journey with baby a little easier and a lot more fun!

First Mother’s Day Gifts: Best Presents for New Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and for new moms this day is full of novelty and excitement. Their introduction to sleepless nights and compounding loads of laundry, mixed with the sweetness of bringing new life into the world is a drastic change in lifestyle for new mommies. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show these admirable women extra appreciation. Whether you are stuck on finding a perfect luxurious first Mother’s Day gift to treat your friend, sister, wife or partner, here are a few unique and thoughtful ideas for first Mother’s Day presents from a first-hand mom herself.

Top First Mother’s Day Gifts

Poncho

If there’s anything a new mom needs, its a soft, warm cover when she feeds. With our 10 to 12 Mama Cashmere Ponchoshe’ll feel amazing and her baby will melt in her arms as they lounge peacefully on a cloud of luxurious, machine-washable cashmere. Our cashmere poncho can be easily slipped over the baby’s head, comes in a keepsake box to preserve all of baby’s special milestones, and functions as a soft baby blanket too, making the perfect first Mother’s Day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts 10 to 12 cashmere ponchoSkincare

The new momma in your life has just carried another human being inside her body for the past nine months. Not only has she gone through the pain of pregnancy, but she’s experienced weight gain, flux of hormones, stretch marks and little sleep in the process, which can be a huge confidence shaker. What she probably wants is something to help her feel beautiful again. What better first Mother’s Day gift than skincare?

Natural Oils: Beauty experts swear that oils are the best for skin hydration and renewal. Coconut oil and argan oil help to replenish the skin with nutrients and repair damage from sun, dehydration and exhaustion.

Anti-Aging Products: Finally we have been let into a little French skincare secret; start using anti-aging products before you see the signs of aging to preserve your healthy glow! The added benefit of a spa-like routine at home is a cherry on top. Ingredients like peptides, antioxidants and Retinol are some of the stars to look for when scouting the right products. Revision Skincare is one brand that is proven to be known and trusted for its quality, so you can be sure it is worth the investment. The Mom in your life will be thrilled as soon as she experiences the difference of its products. Our suggestion for an extra-special, pampering gift is Revision’s One of a Kind gift set. Included in the set is the silky-soft Intellishade Matte tinted moisturizer that will make putting on daily SPF feel like a luxury, and blends into most skin tones with anti-aging benefits.

Face Masks: Face masks are always a great Mother’s day present because not only do they replenish the skin, they provide the perfect excuse for your new mom to just take twenty minutes to sit back and relax after a long day.

Leggings

In the first year or so after giving birth, comfort is a huge priority for new moms when it comes to clothes. She’s not going to want to wear jeans around the house when she’s feeding or holding the baby — Leggings are THE go-to lounge wear. She also might be trying to shave off the last few pregnancy pounds and get back on track with her workout schedule. Leggings are one of the most practical first mother’s day gifts that you’ll be sure will be put to good use.

First Mother's Day Gifts leggings

 

 

Personalized Jewelry

If you’re looking for something more meaningful or thoughtful, personalized jewelry is always a good idea. Getting her a custom engraved ring or necklace as a first mother’s day present is great because it’s something that will last, and something that really memorializes this big day. Etsy is a great resource for handmade personalized jewelry.

First Mother's Day gifts Etsy jewelry

 

 

Tote Bag

Tote bags are both practical and cute and can make the best bonus Mother’s Day presents. First time moms will realize that with the new baby, they suddenly have so many things to carry around, be it bottles, handkerchiefs, or diapers. Getting her a light, roomy, machine-washable tote bag with a cute design is a perfect first mother’s day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts tote bag

 

 

Lap Desk

New moms know that there’s nothing more convenient and comfortable than being able to journal or work while sitting in bed. Imagine being able to write a card or type an email while patting your newborn to sleep next to you! Rest assured, there’s no better Mother’s Day present than a nice, comfy lap desk.

 

First Mother's day gifts lap desk

 

 

If you have any other suggestions for First Mother’s Day gifts, feel free to contribute and share in the comments below!

Signed,

A New Momma

 

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