During this time of year, many of us will be taking vacations. The summer is the easiest time to travel. Perhaps you’re visiting a beach, an amusement park, or off to see your family. Many people shy away from traveling because they have a newborn or baby. They avoid traveling because they believe it won’t be comfortable for anyone. This isn’t the case! With a little bit of planning, you can make summer travel more comfortable for you and baby. Use these tips:
1. Using a nursing cover-up.
It’s your right to breastfeed your baby wherever you see fit, but if covering up makes you feel more comfortable, pick up a simple, lightweight nursing cover to drape over yourself. You want something that isn’t too hot for you and baby but won’t make you feel exposed.
2. Be liberal with the sunscreen.
Sunburn on young, delicate skin is no joke. A sunburn early in life significantly increases the chances of skin cancer later on. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Make sure to get the tops of feet, noses, and ears. Apply thirty minutes before going out and reapply after spending time in the water.
3. Feed during takeoffs and landings.
Babies don’t understand how to equalize the pressure in their ears during a flight’s takeoff or landing, and it’s not like you can explain it. To compensate, offer your baby your breast, a bottle, or a pacifier during these periods so they instinctually suck and relieve the pressure.
4. Practice with the travel crib.
It’s hard for babies to fall asleep somewhere new for the first time. If you’re bringing a travel crib to the hotel, have your baby nap (or even spend a night) in a travel crib so he gets used to the environment.
5. Schedule travel time during nap time.
Wherever possible, plan to do the majority of your traveling when your baby is asleep. If your little one usually takes a nap at two in the afternoon, try to find a flight that takes off around that time. Keep your baby awake beforehand so he falls asleep while you’re getting on the plane. This will be more comfortable for him, you, and your fellow passengers.
6. Dress your baby in something accessible.
You’ll want to dress your baby in something comfortable so he stays calm throughout the trip. Forgo the buckles, snaps, and tight collars for a comfy set of pajamas. No one is judging you by what your baby is wearing on the plane or in the car. Further, he should be wearing something that easily opens so you can get to the diaper without completely undressing him.
7. Send big items ahead of you.
When you’re traveling with a baby, you might end up lugging some big items around. Don’t struggle carrying that stroller, pack and play, or feeding seat through the airline. Ship them to the hotel or vacation rental ahead of time. They’ll be happy to hold on to them in storage and leave them in your room when you arrive. This also works for bulk items you’ll need like diapers and wipes.
8. Be flexible.
Most importantly, plan some flexibility into your schedule. Don’t plan a rigid itinerary. If you’re driving, you may have to stop a few more times than you plan. If you’re flying, you probably won’t make it across the airport in 10 minutes. Expect the unexpected and pad your schedule with spare minutes so you don’t have to rush.
Written 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!
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