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Lisa - posted on 03/29/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We are traveling out of the state for the first time with our 7 mo. I am anxoius about bringing and doing the right things! Does anyone have any advice for me???????????

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What I did when I was flying and wanted to take food (I also made my own) is this.... Cook and puree the veggies or fruit and then freeze it in ice cube trays. Unmold them and pack the frozen cubes in zip lock bags and put them in one of those insulated travel bags that you can get from the grocery store with some frozen gel packs (the kind you use in your cooler). Pack it up in your suitcase and it will be fine until you get to your destination where you can then transfer the zip locks containing the food cubes to the freezer. To reheat... take out the quantity that you want and either pop in the microwave for 30 second intervals or leave it out until defrosted and just zap for a few seconds to heat through...



To be honest, I always made my baby food in large batches and used the ice cube tray freeze method. That way, I always had a variety of choices ready to go in single serve quantities and wasn't having to make baby food every day. I would buy the organic produce in large quantities when it was on sale or if I saw something particularly nice at the farmers market I could buy a large amount and just cook, puree and freeze it. Great money saver and healthier too. I used a hand held blender that you stick in the pot to whiz everything up. You can find them at any department store and online and they are pretty quiet and easy to clean (nothing to take apart).



Also, I nursed Mackenna until she was 16 months and also had a hard time in public. Take a large, lightweight blanket and you will be fine. I nursed her on take off and landing so that her ears wouldn't hurt her and she basically slept the rest of the time. If you have a stop in the airport for a connection just find a spot that you are comfortable with and nurse her. People are pretty good about leaving you alone. Don't know if you are affiliated with the military but if so, don't forget that you can always go to the USO to nurse the baby if there is one in the airport. Good Luck and if you have any more questions, feel free to message me.

Lisa - posted on 03/31/2009

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Thanks all of you!  I am flying and still nursing, although I have never been brave enough to do it in public!  This also causes me a lot of anxiety. I believe I have a window seat, though, so maybe noone will notice.  I have been introducing veggies at night and cereal in the mornings.  I cook the veggies myself, and use a loud food processor to make it edible for him.  I don't want to take the processor, is there a better product? 

Teyaka - posted on 03/29/2009

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If you are driving, leave after you feed the baby. That way the baby will sleep longer. The car by itself will help a little too. Also, schedule a break in driving. That way you can change the diaper and do another feeding. Just like we need to stretch, the baby does too. Lots of toys will help when the baby isn't tryin to sleep.



If flying, feed during take off and landing. That helps the ears not to pop. Bring toys because the baby could be awake most of the flight.

Kristin - posted on 03/29/2009

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I have traveled out of state twice with my daughter (once by car and once by plane) My first question is "how" are you traveling? If by plane, pack your biggest diaper bag (or carry-on bag) with things similar to you going on a day-long shopping trip. Plan one diaper per hour of "actual" travel; one bottle per 2-3 hours of travel (depends on your baby) many formula brands now have disposable pre-measured amounts. Bring enough baby food for normal feeding times; 1-2 easy changes of clothes; a changing mat and a small favorite toy. Don't worry about extra diapers or formula while at your destination (buy that once you get there) Some airlines check carseats and strollers for free and don't count them with your allowed # of checked baggage. (check with your airline) Pack 1-2 bottles that you can rinse and reuse; disinfectant wipes/hand sanitizer. Don't forget to save enough room to add a few of your carry-on essentials too. I used a strap-on baby pouch while moving from gate to gate and it allowed me to have both hands free without worring about a carrier or stroller. If traveling by car then your have alot more packing room to work with...I still suggest taking only enough diapers/formula/food for the travel and buying more later, bring a gallon of water to make formula because some areas of the country do not have drinkable tap water! Bring the stoller and play pin if you have room. If you have a large bulky stroller I suggest getting a smaller umbrella type for travel, they're much more compact and get the job done just as well as the travel systems! Oh, and please please please take that baby out of the car seat to stretch when you stop!! :) Hope this helps! Good luck and be safe!

Cindy - posted on 03/29/2009

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Are you driving or flying? If you are driving you have a little more free reign than flying obviously. We've taken numerous 5-9 hour (before baby that is - 7-15 hour after) car trips with baby.
- Bring lots of toys, books etc to keep him occupied. Give them to him one at a time when he gets fussy.
- Sit in the back with him so you can gauge if his fussiness is something you need to pull over for or something that can be fixed with a new toy or paci.
- Stop frequently for at least 1/2 hour to let baby stretch, feed, change diaper, etc
- Go to the fabric store and buy 1/2 yard of several different patterned fabric. Hang one over the back of the seat in front of baby so he has something new to look at. Change it as needed
- Pack one outfit/pajamas for each day you will be gone plus a few extra.
- If you are going somewhere you will be able to buy diapers, pack only enough for the travel time. This will save room. Same goes for the wipes.
- If you are formula feeding, you can also pack just enough to get you there and buy when you get there. But keep in mind that if you are using something besides the name brand Enfamil/Similac/Carnation and going to a small town that they may not carry it.
- Some hotels offer cribs, but call ahead to see if they have them and to reserve it.
- If you're staying with relatives, call to see if they have anything or if you need to bring something for baby to sleep in. If you don't want to haul a huge pack and play they sell travel sleep beds for baby for around $30. (I know Eddie Bauer has one that is sold at Target, not sure about others)
- Remember to follow baby's cues. His sleep schedule may be a little off from the travel. Try not to overstimulate him with all the relatives or whatever the second you walk through the door. Easier said than done though...

I hope that helps!

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I've traveled quite a bit with my kids (especially when they were infants) both in the US and abroad. A pack and play is a wonderful, compact sleeping solution that I have used many, many times. Basically you need to take the things that your baby loves. Special toys or stuffed animals, books, music, favorite blanket etc. Whatever they need to be comfortable. You need to pack diapers, wipes and baby wash. Plan to dedicate an entire suitcase just for "stuff".



Remember if you are going someplace where you can purchase diapers etc., that will save on space and you will just need enough to get you started. Depending on what you child eats, same thing. Take enough to get started and then purchase more when you get to your destination. If you are going somewhere that will allow you to do laundry, then take a just enough outfits to offer a variety of options for weather and "diaper malfunctions" and plan to do some wash. Dont overpack with clothes if you can help it.



 My biggest piece of advice, is to start making a list of all the essential things you will need so that you will not forget anything and also start packing a few days ahead to avoid last minute stress. Relax! Traveling with a baby is as enjoyable if you allow it to be. If you don't stress out, neither will your baby.

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I've traveled quite a bit with my kids (especially when they were infants) both in the US and abroad. A pack and play is a wonderful, compact sleeping solution that I have used many, many times. Basically you need to take the things that your baby loves. Special toys or stuffed animals, books, music, favorite blanket etc. Whatever they need to be comfortable. You need to pack diapers, wipes and baby wash. Plan to dedicate an entire suitcase just for "stuff".



Remember if you are going someplace where you can purchase diapers etc., that will save on space and you will just need enough to get you started. Depending on what you child eats, same thing. Take enough to get started and then purchase more when you get to your destination. If you are going somewhere that will allow you to do laundry, then take a just enough outfits to offer a variety of options for weather and "diaper malfunctions" and plan to do some wash. Dont overpack with clothes if you can help it.



 My biggest piece of advice, is to start making a list of all the essential things you will need so that you will not forget anything and also start packing a few days ahead to avoid last minute stress. Relax! Traveling with a baby is as enjoyable if you allow it to be. If you don't stress out, neither will your baby.

Mary - posted on 03/29/2009

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I traveled out of state with my then 7 month old and I panicked for months knowing we would be traveling.  All I did was over prepare and over pack.  We drove from PA to NC and this is how we prepared.





We stopped using the carrier and switched to the larger convertible carseat for Addy's comfort (still rear facing of course). 

For the car, we had a bag of toys ready filled with books, things that light up or had texture, etc.  MANY DIFFERENT TOYS

Food:  Addy was eating some Gerber foods at this time so I brought how much I used in a day plus some.  That was just in case I dropped one or for any other unknown reason

Milk:  I nursed her still so there were times I did the unsafe thing of leaning over her carseat and feeding her so we did not have to stop.

On the other hand, stop often to get that little one some fresh air and out of the carseat.

Sippy cups:  We had already started training Addy with the sippy cup so we used it for teething, soothing, and a water break.

What to pack:  Like I said before, OVERPACK.  We had one suitcase (carryon) dedicated to diapers and bath supplies.  This way our supplies were in one area.  I still took a diaper bag but did not need to over fill that bag.

Pack n play:  We did not take ours but the resort had one and it was nice to have her sleep in and she just slept with us, however, it came in handy for naps or just putting her in a safe place while we got ready.  Call ahead where you are staying to make sure they have a pack n play or a crib if you do not take your own.  There are some places you can rent these items as well.

Take the smallest stroller you have.  We took the umbrella stroller and we were able to fold it up in restaurants and still walk where we needed to without it becoming too obstrusive. (This is why we switched her out of the carrier so we did not have another piece of baby equipment to take along)

Clothing: Plan for the worst accidents and all kinds of weather.  This is all I have to say about that.

Lastly, remember that when you baby becomes fussy or irritated, that it is not their fault they have been taken out of their environment and they may need some down time with mom to get back to normal!!!!



I hope this helps.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.  I am a travel agent so I may be able to give you a few more tips for the exact area you are traveling to or method of transporation you are using.



Mary

Cassandra - posted on 03/29/2009

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I'm worried about the same thing, I'm traveling in aug or sept and not sure what I can bring and sleeping arrangments, do they make a traveling sleep system? Can I bring my pack n play? confusing

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