Travel Tips

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 1:05pm

Hey ladies!

I'm taking Evan to visit his great grandmothers and my parents in May. I'm a bit nervous for it, since I'll be doing it on my own. So, I could really use some advice! Here is some info that might be useful:

The trip stars with flying from Ontario to Saskatchewan in the afternoon, where my grandmothers are (a 25 minute flight, a short stop in Toronto, then a 2 hour flight). I will meet my parents at the airport (who are driving from Calgary) and we will drive to where one of my grandmothers lives (about 2 hours). We'll spend 2-3 days in Saskatchewan, which will involve driving to my other grandmother's house, about 1.5 hours away. Then, we will drive to Calgary, which is about 10 hours. After about a week there, we will fly directly home from Calgary, which is a 3(ish) hour flight at night.

My parents will either rent or borrow a carseat, a pack n' play, and a high chair so I don't have to bring any of that stuff with me.

I plan to wean by May 1st (I'm SOOO counting the days to being done with EPing), so I will be feeding him formula at that point. We also plan to start feeding him solids when he is around 6 months, so just a couple weeks before the trip.

Any tips on what to bring, what not to bring, how to deal with the food situation or anything else that I'm not thinking of would be SO greatly appreciated!


TIA!





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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 8:01pm
Hi Alyssa!

I've flown twice with Selin (once by myself and we had a layover AND I was sick with a bad cold) and we drove 17 hours with her last May to visit my dad in Canada.

A few tips:

Rent or borrow whatever baby gear you can. We stayed in a hotel when we drove to visit my dad but when we flew to Canada again to visit my aunt, we rented gear from a company called Tiny Travellers. Would highly recommend them.

Pack snacks for yourself and Evan in case you're running short on time between flights and don't have time to grab something to eat.

Dress Evan (and you!) comfortably. For flying, I put Selin in her sleeper. For driving, I had her in a SS onesie and pants.

Most airlines allow you to gate check one item for free. I didn't know this the first tome we flew but brought our stroller the second time and it was a huge help so I didn't have to carry her and the coats and diaper bag. The first time we flew with her, DH was with me and I just brought my ergo.

Try to keep to his schedule as much as possible once you've reached your destinations.

I always had window seats on the planes so I could have a little more privacy for nursing, space for Selin to sleep and something for Selin to look out of.

Nurse him or give a bottle or paci during takeoff and landing. It will help with the ear pressure.

When driving, try to stop every 1.5-2 hours so Evan can get out of his car seat and stretch out. We started our driving at night both ways and Selin slept most of the time.

Oh and bring lots of stuff for Evan to play with on the plane especially. :-)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. GL and let us know how it goes!

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 8:25pm

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 9:21pm
Use your diaper bag for the car/plane with plastic bags, diapers, wipes and changes of clothing...this way you dont have to dig around for those things in your other bags. Pack one small carry-on size suitcase for babe and one bag for you, this will limit the amount of stuff you have to carry. Wear babe in a sling or carrier in the airport. I had Maxim in his PJ`s and a pair of BabyLegs underneath for warmth the entire trip and that was easy and comfortable for him.

We didnt stop much other than to feed him and us which was about every 4 hours and we would take as long as he needed to eat and for stretching, so about an hour when we did stop.

Have extra soothers and toys handy for entertainment. As for food, just deal with formula for the plane/car and buy any food you will need at your destination. They dont eat much at all in the early days of introducing solids so there is no sense in packing tons of baby food along with your formula. It may be easier to delay solids until after your trip. For our trip at Christmas, Maxim still wasnt taking any solids even at 7 monts so I didnt even bother packing any and trying to get him started on it while we were gone. Now that I have to pack some food for our trips, its a pain. So much easier when he was just nursing :)

The main thing is to remain calm and have a sense of humor :) Its not easy to travel with a baby but its not a nightmare either. We have done 2 20 hour one way trips during Maxim`s first 7 months and plan to fly in April. Its gone much much better than I expected and it will for you too!

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 10:19pm

Your flights are so short that I wouldn't worry at all. Seriously it will be a breeze:) Just bring enough formula to make double the amount of milk he normally drinks (eating is always one of the best ways to keep a baby calm and quiet in my experience), and have a few toys.

I love bringing my stroller with and gate checking it, it is super handy for long layovers, or for feeding baby a snack, plus if he is sleepy he can sleep in it.

I like to bring a sleep sack with for the flight as planes can be so cold- he also normally wears something like PJs or did before he wanted to walk and crawl around everywhere LOL.

Evan will be fine and I am sure you will have a great trip!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 8:10am
Thanks ladies! This is all great advice. I'm sure things will go smoother than I am expecting them too. Plus, he'll be 2+ months older, so hopefully he'll be more calm.

I think what I'm most worried about is disturbing other passengers if he's fussy. I know I always hated when babies cried nonstop on the plane, and now that attitude is coming back to bite me in the butt! LOL!




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Registered: 12-23-2003
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 8:57am
Even though they have bassinets near the front and middle of the plane (if it is bigger), request to sit near the back if you don't think Evan will sleep. That is where the engines, lavatories, and food prep area is so it is always louder.

Having more background noise is really nice as then people notice baby much less. I felt much more comfortable sitting near the back then the time they put us right behind business (because there was a bassinet-which he refused to sleep in LOL) as it really drowned out a lot of his talking and whining.

Of course you will always be able to hear screams but I think it is relatively rare that a baby cries for hours on a plane. Plus as long as you don't just sit there reading a magazine while baby wails its head off almost everyone understands that you are doing everything you can and sometimes babies cry.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 12:56pm

Honestly you can rarely hear a crying infant more then about 3 rows out, because of all the noise of a plane. I've noted it before both with my crying babies and others.

FYI if you don't have a seat for baby, sitting in back gives you a better chance of having a free seat next to you, since everyone prefers the front so they can deplane faster. They also fill standby from the front to the back, so your best chance for an extra seat is towards the back. I have taken advantage of this often when flying with Eloise, it is just nice to have the extra room.

Also bring 24 hours worth of formula (if formula feeding) and diapers, yes you have short flights, but you don't want to end up with one of those weird situations where your plane is diverted, you can't leave the airport and you run out of formula or diapers, since those are not items sold at most airports. I always try to travel with 24 hours of diapers in my carry on, even for a direct 90 minute flight, you just never know.

Also if you don't pack a clean shirt/pants for you in your carry on, even if baby has never had an accident/thrown up with you on any of the 10 other flights they have been on, that flight will be the one where baby throws up/has a blow out all over your outfit! Yes I have learned that one the hard way, I always take one change of clothes for me and 2 for baby, just in case, yeah I've used the baby change 2 times maybe in 20+ flights, but if you don't have them, then you know it will be the one time in 20 that you need it!




Thank you for the sig Mary

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Thu, 02-24-2011 - 5:15pm
Ash - Yeah, I'm hoping people will have a bit of sympathy if I'm doing 1000 things to calm him down. Maybe I can find other parents to sit by! How is Teddy doing on this trip without Dad? I'm wondering how Evan will handle being away from DH for that long.

Sarah - thanks! I do plan on trying to sit as far back in the plane as I can. Good advice with the 24 hours worth of supplies and an extra set of clothes for myself.




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Registered: 12-23-2003
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 7:09pm
You will do great, try not to worry!

Teddy has done fine without DH, I think he is still way too little to miss people when they are not there over long periods of time. Especially since I am there. Of course when he hears dad on the phone or sees a picture of him he gets excited but then is confused that DH isn't here with us. He isn't old enough to understand that we will see him in a few weeks. Time is just way too hard to explain at this point.

I know when he does see him though he will be so so happy!
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 02-25-2011 - 2:58pm
I won't worry about a week and a half away from DH either. Evan will probably miss him, but be fine. Mine go at least 2 to 3 times a year away with just me to visit my parents without DH. Since I am a SAHM and DH works, it lets us visit my parents for a week to a week and a half and means DH doesn't have to take off work.

We've done it since Desmond was 8 weeks old and Eloise was 4ish weeks old. Newbie will be around 8ish weeks old on his first visit down to visit my parents as well, though DH may come to that one, not sure yet.

They both miss DH when he isn't there, but have yet to have any actual issue with not seeing him for a week, they do like to talk on the phone with him occasionally while we are there, even as infants.



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