Written by: P&N May 30 2010
In an effort to make all of your trails happy ones, Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner of
coolmompicks.com share some parent-tested, tried and true tips for traveling with babies.
- Get smart advice on packing by visiting the Toolbox section of women’s travel website seejanefly.com. We love their free downloadable checklists that help you remember everything from carry-on essentials to instructions for the house sitter.
- Lighten your load with items that do double duty. A sling can provide nursing coverage. Ditto for a lightweight, oversized swaddler, which can also cover a restaurant high chair. Baby wipes aren’t just for sticky hands, but dirty trays and armrests as well. Choose a baby moisturizer with sunscreen, a shampoo-and-body wash combo, and cotton one-piece suits that function as lightweight pajamas too.
- Before fussiness turns into Who brought that baby on board?, you can put your smartphone to good use. Load it with photos of your baby’s favorite people and pets for a high-tech distraction. Or offer up simple games like Bubbles and Peekaboo Barn while you’re stuck on the tarmac waiting to take off. (We also love the White Noise Baby iPhone app for naps and bedtime.)
- If you remember one thing, make it this: A crying baby never killed anyone. (Not even the passenger in 14F who’s giving you the stink eye.) Try a binky, snack or game to pacify. If playing pat-a-cake just makes the wailing louder, keep calm, find your happy place, and flash your neighbors an apologetic smile. They’ll get over it.
- Avoid that second suitcase full of diapers with a visit to jetsetbabies.com. This national service will make sure all your baby supplies, from formula to diapers to baby toys, are waiting for you at your hotel or Grandma Jean’s house. You will pay a bit more for each item, but you’ll save on bag check fees; plus, you’ll have space for the things you really want to bring on your trip. Like cute shoes.