How to survive a flight with a baby

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Do you think your travel life is over once you became a parent ? Not so!

If you ask me, it doesn’t really matter whether you are a first-time mum or a serial traveler, I can almost guarantee- you are going to stress even thinking of traveling with a baby or a young child for the first time.. And I can almost guarantee that all this horrible thinking is nothing but your imagination.. and a waste of time. You will be totally FINE!

For me, first time happened when my son just three months old. And guess what..? He had so much fun and an ice cream! What..??? A baby eating an ice cream??  Well.. yeah,call me a bad mother but the flight attendants gave everyone on board a free ice cream including my kiddo. Well, thought I, it really was a special occasion so why not make it fun? Needless to say,only a couple of hours ago I was freaking out, frantically packing “all” baby necessities into his brand new nappy backpack. Did I pack it all, you ask? Ha, yes all and above. So here I am going to share with you a few simple steps of surviving the flight with your baby.

Hold on tight. We are going to start with some packing tips.

my little bundle of joy is all snuggled up and cosy in between our seats

1. Double check with your airline for a baby baggage allowance, especially if it’s an overseas trip. Good airlines realize that babies don’t come for free and actually need more stuff than we do.So do yourself a favor and invest in a good nappy bag. Then stock it WELL. Most airlines will let you bring your own handbag alongside so you can organize your personal belongings a bit better.

2. Restriction on liquids is something you need to be aware of. Don’t take the whole bottle of a baby bum cream as it most probably will end up in a bin. You are only allowed a small 100 mls container. Save yourself time and have it ready in a clear plastic bag to display at security checking in. Again, regulations do change, so plan ahead and get well informed. These restrictions don’t apply for your baby food or milk.

3. Take extra baby stuff in case of emergencies and flight delays. They most probably are not going to happen but please do save yourself a headache! Those items you can pack away in your check-in language before boarding-no need to carry doubles!

4. Your most important LIST-carry-on baby lagguage:

  • Wet wipes-absolutely essential
  • Nappies-bamboo disposables are best option in this case
  • A dummy and a spare
  • Baby’s sheet or favourite blankie, the smell is familiar and comforting
  • Muslin wraps and Muslin wipes- best things ever invented! Great for:swaddling to sleep, comforting with the familiar smell, using as a cover if you breastfeed, wiping etc
  • A favourite toy and a new one-something new is always entertaining
  • Spare clothes for spills and a couple of bibs for feeding and burping
  • Formula, milk or solids-whatever stage your baby is at

Optional if needed: a baby spoon if on solids, a baby book, nappy sacks and a Baby Shusher(after all, we all need a good sleep!). Keep in mind that food and beverages are available for young children on board.

 What you will need to remember:

1. Look after yourself well. There will be a few germs on board. Follow your regular hygiene,use antibacterial wipes for yourself and everything around and your bub.

2. Once on board, you can start organizing your belongings,keep everything for the bub within your reach.

3. Ask for help when needed! People generally love babies, just not the ones that cry all through the flight so make sure it’s not yours-keep him well entertained or snuggled to sleep.

4. Breastfeed or bottle-feed your little cherub on take off and landing, this will generally distract him from the uncomfortable ear popping.

5. If it’s a long journey,choose an overnight flight that won’t interfere with your baby’s routine.

Most important point is coming right now….Wait for it…

                                                          HAVE FUN!

    We’ve arrived. Hello Gold Coast!

 

 

 

 

 

Hands Free or why Baby Nappy Backpacks are the best

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You are a parent and you are busy. Being on the go with your baby day in day out, you probably already have a pretty good idea on how your baby’s nappy bag can get seriously heavy.Trying to carry a bag on one shoulder or in one hand gets pretty tiresome. Have you noticed that when you hang a bulky bag over a pram or a stroller, for some reason they tend to tip over? It is inconvenient, I know.

That’s why backpack nappy bags are simply the best. They help you to keep your hands free when you need them most( hands that is),so you can easily juggle things( and your bub) around.

If you are an active mum like myself, then I perfectly understand your frustration..juggling shopping bags and a nappy bag while holding your baby is not an easy task.With my son, I had a very convenient black heavy duty nappy backpack that I loved dearly. It served a perfect life especially during our travels. The only problem, it wasn’t as multi-functional as some bags these days. I still had to use those yucky changing stations in public toilets and always struggled to find a safe place to put him down when my hands needed a break.

Let’s see in which situations a backpack can save your life:
  • Shopping with a baby..or two..or three?
  • Visiting friends and family or doing picnics
  • Attending mothers groups
  • Going on holidays
  • Walking up or down the steps
  • Loading and unloading your baby into a car,pram,stroller
  • Performing an unexpected Cha-Cha when you hear your favorite song
  • Eating an ice-cream and high-five-ing your friends mums
  • Picking your toddler off the floor that is throwing a tantrum in the middle of a busy shop
  • Pushing your way through to an elevator in a high building because you don’t feel like walking up or down the steps with a baby in your arms

…Ok, so they are just a few examples but you see the point,right? By now you should be pretty convinced that you do need a backpack nappy bag. Life just gets so much easier when your hands are free and you still carry baby gear.

The problem with traditional bags which you would normally wear on one of your shoulders, is that the weight doesn’t distribute equally, you might end up with a very sore arm or back. Does a backpack nappy bag look like a better option to you now?

What to look for when buying a backpack nappy bag: 

Congratulations and welcome to the family of backpack baby bags lovers! Before you start searching Google to buy one and once you got it, stuff it with baby things,there are few points you need to consider. Backpack Bags are all different, although offer similar features and functionality. But you do want to best one for you and your bub,right?

Firstly, remember why you are buying it: distributing the weight across your back will help you prevent any future back pain or shoulder injury plus using its the functionality and convenience.

Material: Most nappy bags are made from a heavy-duty material that contributes to the bag’s lifetime. Whether it is Nylon, Polyester, Canvas or Oxford Cloth,avoid those that feel heavy without even adding your own load to the weight. Make sure the inside is lined with a waterproof lining, instead of a pretty but completely useless cotton fabric.

Outside Pockets: They are a great feature as you might keep some baby items out of the bag to access them quickly. They should be designed closer to your straps for a quicker reach and less damage to your back.
Changing Mat: Surprisingly,not all bags offer those but believe me, they are proven to be very useful while on the go. If they have their own pocket space in the bag, that is even better. You don’t want to stuff a mat inside the bag with all other items and then never be able to find it when you need it fast.
Adjustable straps with a shoulder pad: Yes, for your own comfort, you should be able to adjust the length. The pad on a shoulder strap prevents it from digging into your skin causing pain.
The size of the backpack: Well, let’s face it. Unless you need a kitchen sink with you on vacation, do not pick a bag that is too bulky. Aim for the minimum stuff to carry-only essentials.
Here is our pick: The best convertible backpack nappy bag:
HAPPY NAPPY BABY TRAVEL BAG – the only nappy bag that converts from a simple bag into a Portable changing station or a snooze bed plus a portable booster seat -Making your family travel easier.
  • Wear it two ways: as a messenger bag or a backpack
  • Extremely light-weight Non-Toxic Waterproof Oxford Cloth Material
  • Great for trips,travels,visits,play dates,shopping,dining and more!
  • Good space for all baby essentials(remember, you don’t need a kitchen sink)
  • Pockets on both sides
  • Changing mat
  • 5-point-security straps when in a booster seat position

Check the bag here: The Best Baby Nappy Bag

I hope you enjoyed the reading. Sharing and comments are most welcome!

Love,

Alex