Travel Must Haves for Moms-To-Be

traveling while pregnantAs if travel preparations weren’t difficult enough, doing it while you’re pregnant makes things even trickier. If you can get your doctor’s blessing and make smart preparations, there’s no reason to miss out on enjoying travel. If you’re planning on hitting the road, learning how to stay comfortable and educate yourself about which activities are safe, will also go a long way to make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some packing essentials for your trip as a mom-to-be:

Comfortable Clothes

Expecting moms should know to wear whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. Taking it a step further, it’s best to wear a dress or separates, such as a skirt or pants with a top, to accommodate frequent trips to the bathroom. Drawstring pants or those with elastic waists are also good choices for pregnant mothers. Another good tip is to layer your clothing to cope with sudden temperature changes; whether it’s the chilly environment of an air-conditioned airport or the stuffy, warm bus that is crowded with people.

Snacks and Drinks

Whether you’ll be on a long road trip or flying for a few hours on a plane, making sure to stay hydrated and prepared with snacks is going to be an important part of the trip. As you now know, you’re eating and drinking for two, and this will show in how quickly you get hungry or thirsty. Make sure to pack an ample amount of snacks and drinks so that you don’t find yourself uncomfortably hungry or thirsty while you’re stuck in an airplane seat. Also, you’ll be able to pack your favorite healthy options rather than relying on a random convenience store or whatever they are serving on the plane.

Important Paperwork

Some paperwork that could come in handy during your travels includes items like your insurance information, medical records, and emergency contact information. All of this paperwork may either be necessary to travel or just helpful and useful to have available when you’re far from home. Obtaining a doctor’s note that says it is safe for you to travel on an airplane may also be very helpful to have.

Sanitizer/Supplements

Maintaining your health and trying to avoid germs is crucial while you’re pregnant. An airport is one the most germ-ridden places you could be, so being sure to plan for this is important. Hand sanitizer will certainly come in handy as you make your rounds through airport security, bathrooms, and on the airplane. Prenatal vitamins and supplements are also great to have to provide your body with what it needs to be healthy while you’re carrying your little one.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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5 Diaper Bag Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

diaper bag essentialsYou’re finally able to take that much needed family vacation. Before you take off, whether it be on the road or via plane, you need to make sure that your diaper bag is fully stocked. You never know what you may end up needing, and as my mother would say “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” In this case, I totally agree. Here are five diaper bag essentials that you mustn’t forget on your summer vacation:

1. Wipes

This should be an obvious one, but it’s too important not to list. Wipes are a diaper bag essential, because if you have a baby, you’re always going to need them. From spills, to dirty hands, to poopy diapers, you could never have too many wipes. I suggest you bring a lot more than you think you may need. When you’re out and about, you’ll never know what situations you’ll run into or what messes you’ll encounter.

2. Diapers X2

Whatever amount of diapers you just packed, pack double that. The last thing you want happening is to run out of diapers and have to make an emergency run during your vacation to get some. Have a stress free vacation by always having plenty of diapers on hand. If you’ll be away for some time, ship diapers ahead to your hotel or relative’s home so you don’t have to lug them through the airport.

3. Sunscreen

Summer vacations usually mean you’ll spend a lot of time outside, whether that’s in an amusement park, the beach, a pool, or taking nature hikes. That means you’ll get a lot of exposure to the sun. Baby skin is fragile and delicate and needs to be looked out for. Carry plenty of sunscreen with you all the time so you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices in gift shops or road-side stands.

4. Spare Clothes

You definitely want to make sure that every time you leave your hotel your diaper bag has a change of clothes for your child. You never know what crazy things baby may get into, and it’s better to bring the clothes and not need them, than to not have the clothes and need them. If you’re out shopping or touring theme parks, you won’t be able to pop back to your room and change very quickly.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Chances are you are going to be in places where there are tons of germs and people. Keeping hand sanitizer in your diaper bag is smart and will make you feel less grimy at the end of the day. It also comes in handy when baby sticks there hand in something they weren’t supposed to, or makes a mess out of their dinner!

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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