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4 Must-Haves for Holiday Travel with Babies

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Ho Ho WHOA!! If you’re traveling with a baby this holiday season, that’s what you’ll be saying when you see how much extra STUFF you often find yourself packing for that tiny little one! Who knew such a small creature could require so much gear?

Trying to prepare yourself for a day-trip can be daunting, and a week away can be completely overwhelming. So, we’ve prepared some must-have travel gear to ease the chaos and try to help you be more prepared.

1) Diaper Dash – Pre-packaged diaper changing kits

For on the plane or in the car, you often have a diaper bag full of diapers, a container of wipes, bottles of diaper cream and your changing pad. You have to lug all that gear to the restroom (or another makeshift changing area) along with your baby, take all items out of the bag and find a place to set the bag in that bathroom (remember – all those bathroom germs will be carried around with you afterwards, too). Afterwards, you have to pick up the unused items, including that nasty changing pad, and place them back in your germ-covered bag. Products on the Go and Little Toes have invented pre-packaged diaper changing kits. The kits are eco-friendly, biodegradable, all-natural and include bamboo diapers and cloths, all-natural diaper cream and a disposable changing pad. So, once you’ve cleaned and changed your baby, you simply toss the rest in the garbage. No hassle for you and great for your baby and the planet. Order prepackaged diaper changing kits to make your life happier.

These contain everything you’ll need for a changing, taking the guesswork out of attempting to make sure you’ve brought absolutely everything you’ll need.

2) Caregiver Guidelines – Write a list of items a caregiver should know

Allergies? Picky eater? When Grandma gets her turn to be in charge of the kids, she needs to know these things. Don’t set caregivers up to fail – the best way to share what you think could be potential issues is to write them down and go over the list with the caregiver. Put the list in clear sight and easily accessible. This also works with ground rules. Kids will push boundaries, especially with the people that are most likely to spoil them. Writing down necessary information can put and keep everyone on the same page.

3) Prepare for Fun – Get swimmy diapers and sunscreen before you go

If you live where it’s snowing during these winter months, you may forget that tropical climate does exist — especially where grandparents tend to live. Swimmy diapers and sunscreen aren’t exactly on your mind while you’re in 40-degree weather. If you’re headed South, you’ll likely have access to water parks, swimming pools and the ocean. And because these items are seasonal, you can’t be sure you’ll find them easily at a local retail store, so look to order them online. You can have them shipped to you in advance, or even send them in advance to where you’re staying so you don’t have to have the added gear.

Instead of buying a whole pack of swimmy diapers (that you know your little one will be grown out of by summer), you can purchase a package that contains everything you’d need for a day in the sun. These items are also all-natural and planet-friendly, so you can feel good about putting them on your baby’s sensitive skin. Ordering these grab-n-go day-in-the-sun packages will cut also down on wasted swimmy diapers and ensures you have high-quality natural sunscreen at the ready.

4) Extra Lovies – Order extras of the items your kids love the most

Poochie, Lamby, Blanky — whatever kids call them, these little creatures have been dubbed full-fledge members of your family! And outings and travel can wreak havoc if that dear lovie gets lost. You might even be tempted to dial 9-1- 1 for assistance on finding lovie to avoid tantrums and sleepless nights. If possible, find a duplicate and order several of them. eBay can sometimes be a great outlet for a discontinued toy. Keep a couple at home and bring a couple for the road. Always have one in a safe spot (like the top of the closet at home) where junior can’t access it, but you can in an emergency. You can even try to encourage your little one to fall in love with several lovies (this works best the younger your child is), so if one is missing, another one is an easy substitute. If you’re traveling and lovie goes missing, it could make for a VERY long trip, so stock up early!

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Happy Holidays!
Dr. Sharon

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.

Want to make traveling with your baby easier? Check out Air Travel Kits and Poop Happens Diaper Changing Sets by Products on the Go!