great idea !!!!
go pro daddy !!!
how did she handle the flights? take off landing? airport? spring chill?
we cant fathom taking Jaqueline on a plane or anywhere far for that matter..
Devina's handled airports & planes surprisingly well. We've been traveling with her since she was 3 weeks old, and on planes since she was 6 weeks old. Here's the system we've worked out:
- We check the carseat upon arriving at the airport. Traveling with a carseat is a pain, but it allows us to hop in taxis or other people's vehicles easily when we're at the destination, so it's been a 'must' for us. Originally we tried gate checking it, but it's a bulky item to carry around through the airport; not worth it. Plus, airlines don't charge a checked bag fee to check a carseat. So that helps, too. We use this car seat bag to stow the seat ($10.79 on Amazon). It's fairly sturdy, although I wouldn't expect it to last more than a half dozen round trip flights -- but then again, the more expensive ones don't seem to, either.
- We put Devina into a carrier (not a stroller) and I carry her through the airport. The Bjorn "One" carrier won the carrier face-off for us and we love it. It allows for Devina to be both forward and chest-facing, so I can have her face out if she's alert & curious, or have her face in if she's sleepy. Devina is such a curious child that she's never cried while going through the airport; she's usually looking around in wonderment at everything going on.
- Sue nurses Devina on ascent & descent. This helps to pop Devina's ears. Haven't had issues with Devina acting out yet.
- We make a little bed for Devina. When Devina was smaller, Sue used the Breast Friend to form a platform for Devina on her lap. Now that Devina's bigger, we use the inflatable Intex Ultra Comfort Pillow ($10 on Amazon) and the Ah Goo Baby Plush Pad with Memory Foam ($24 on Amazon) which works really well. An added bonus is the ability to use the memory foam pad on the airplane changing table. It's best when we have an empty seat between us; in that scenario I can string my belt across the seat and hang toys from it (like in the video above).
These tips have allowed us to do cross country flights with relative ease. What I don't know is how exactly we'll do it when Devina gets older and wants to move around more. When you say you can't fathom taking Jacqueline on a plane, is that what you're referring to? That's she's mobile and wants to move around non-stop?
Hope all is well with you guys!
Hello, those are some good tips...you certainly took the right early steps with her and traveling. How is she on a day to day basis with naps, feedings etc? Is she on a pretty set routine or schedule? That is the problem we have with our baby J. She REALLY likes, and does well, with a nice set routine/ schedule. whenever we vary too far from that she doent sleep well at night or for naps. And it's not just for that day or two of travel, it then takes her 2 or 3 days to get back on track. That is why we have become hermits and stay home for the most part. It's easier to just stay in and get good sleep for all of us, than travel for a day or 2 and suffer with poor sleep for days afterwards.
Traveling is definitely tough on routines -- and I agree they're critical. One little pro-tip we got from some friends of the Jymbers was this: We put Devina in a tent at home -- we actually took an Ikea table, only put two legs on it, and have it hanging off the edge of the bed. That gives us the best of both worlds -- Devina has her own "crib" as it were, but it's right next to the bed for easy feedings.
Having Devina in a tent allows us to take the tent with us wherever we go, which allows her to feel like she's at home. A picture of it is below.
Frank & Carrie have also done a ton of traveling, so I'll ask them to post any pro-tips & comments they have here.
But you've got to get out of the house or you'll go insane for sure!!!
What an interesting concept with the tent, never thought of that but it seems very practical...Question is does it work for older toddlers? J is now walking everywhere, and rolling around in her crib, I'm not sure if this would contain her at this time...What did Kimbers friends do when their baby got older?