Be Prepared: 10 Tips for Traveling with Your Baby for the First Time

Whether visiting a place for the first time or the tenth time, traveling is a fun experience that allows you to see new places or old faces. But traveling with your baby adds a level of stress and chaos that no one can fully prepare for, especially going through it for the first time.

Dealing with the unknown with a baby may make traveling difficult, however here are some tips that will make it easier the first time around:  

Bring snacks

You’ll never know what’s available on the other side of security or on the side of a highway. Airports or rest stops might not even carry children-friendly food. Bringing your child’s favorite snack allows them to have a familiar treat. Just be sure to take note of the amount of sugar since you don’t want a hyper child on your hands. Breastmilk and formula are allowed through security, but have a backup plan just in case you’re met with a security guard on a bad day.

Sign up for TSA Precheck

Adding a layer of ease gives you and your party the opportunity to start the trip off with less stress. Your TSA precheck transfers over to your child if they are 12 years old or younger, according to TSA’s website, so plan accordingly. Streamline the whole security process by skipping that unknown security line and not having to remove shoes, jackets, or liquids.

Review the guidelines

Is your car seat allowed on the plane? Is your child eligible to be a lap child? Will you have to check your stroller? Is your carry-on too big? Review your travel plan along with your airline and TSA’s guidelines to make sure your game plan lines up with all the rules and regulations.

Schedule the bulk of trip around nap time

Best case scenario for the journey there is your baby sleeps through the whole flight or car ride, at least as long as possible. To up the chances of that happening, try to schedule the departure time around when they would naturally sleep. So when they’re laying down they (hopefully) knock right out.

Bring a comfort item

Every child has their favorite cuddle partner. A stuffed animal, blanket, or toy, this item brings them instant comfort. They’re going to be fearful of new surroundings, noises, and smells, so keeping something they love consistent will help soothe them.

Pack all documentation

Usually, children don’t need documentation when flying domestically, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Security has been known to ask for some identification of children. This is especially important when you’re traveling with other people’s children.

Stock up on pre-packaged ready kits

Dragging a diaper bag around hoping you remembered everything you could possible need is painful, both physically and emotionally. And there is still a possibility that security might take it all away. Finding TSA accepted, prepackaged kits with everything you need lets you have peace of mind about having everything you need and be able to keep it.

This diaper set is TSA accepted, and comes in two sizes — one diaper or three diapers — depending on how long your flight is going to be. And don’t forget about yourself, this kit has everything to make your flight more comfortable, all in one package.

Create a home away from home

Constructing an area where both you and your kids feel safe and comfortable, keeps everyone calm. If you like to be cozy, make sure to pack that blanket. If your child usually likes their diaper changed every three hours, be prepared to keep them fresh. Even bring one of the pillows from bed to give a sense of familiarity.

Schedule time to burn off energy

Flying back to back or trying to push an eight-hour car ride in one trek will not only burn out your kids, but also yourself. Giving everyone time to breath and burn off steam is ideal to keep everyone tantrum-free. Scheduling a longer layover, or a schedule pit spot where everyone can stretch their legs and run around.  

Download their favorite shows

Sitting your kid in front of an iPad at dinner makes everyone calmer, why not use that technique on a plane or in a car? Netflix and YouTube Red allow you to download videos and watch them later without being connected to WiFi or data. Just make sure to download them in advance and the device is fully charged.

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Benefits of Disposable Bamboo Diapers for Babies

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A slew of factors go into picking a diaper that will work for your infant. Will it cause a rash? Does it absorb enough liquid? Does it fit correctly? As a parent, you consider all of these questions before strapping just any ol’ diaper on your child.

Parents are bombarded with countless options—both in-store and online—leaving many to settle between the convenience of disposable diapers and the eco-friendly, organic nature of cloth diapers. Fortunately, there’s an option that incorporates both!  

Here are four great reasons to choose disposable bamboo diapers:

Bamboo diapers absorb more liquid than cotton fabric

A diapers main purpose is to store your little bundle of joy’s fluids inside, and keep it there until changing time. Compared to cotton fabric, bamboo diapers absorb and retain nearly twice as much liquid according to the Indian Journal of Fibre & Textile. They keep your baby’s bum and surrounding areas mess-free, while your toddler stays drier (and happier) longer.

Bamboo diapers are chemical-free

Bamboo diapers are free from chlorine, alcohol, preservatives, latex, perfumes, lotions and phthalates—gone are the days of worrying about the purity of what you’re putting on your baby. Unfortunately, most disposable diapers contain dioxins, a byproduct of bleaching the diaper white. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) categorizes dioxins as a highly carcinogenic chemical. Products on the Go bamboo diapers are made using total chlorine-free (TCF) fluff pulp bleaching techniques.

Bamboo diapers are naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic (capable of inhibiting the growth or reproduction of bacteria)

Ensuring there is no bacteria between your baby’s kicks, wiggles, and squirms can be difficult. Often, the sheer challenge of getting a new diaper on leaves little time to get little nooks and crannies squeaky clean. With bamboo diapers, you can rest assured that whatever is going on inside the garment is as pure as possible—lowering the risk of rashes, irritation, and allergies.

Bamboo diapers are biodegradable

Regular disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose—that’s a big carbon footprint. Opting for cloth diapers might seem like the better option, but doing so adds another layer of work to parents’ already tall pile of to-dos. Disposable bamboo diapers decompose in about 75 days, allowing parents the convenience of disposable while staying friendly to the Earth.  

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