Airplane Travel with a Newborn

Wednesday, June 20, 2018



During David's third month of life, we took two trips. The first trip was to Salt Lake City and the second trip was to Indianapolis. Traveling with a baby was much easier than anticipated! Here are my tips for traveling with a newborn:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time. We always made sure we gave ourselves extra time to get through security because it takes a few extra minutes to get the stroller and car seat broken down. (On both trips, we gate checked the car seat and stroller). Giving ourself extra time also gave me a few minutes to grab a coffee, change his diaper, and take a deep breath.
  2. Buy a carseat that can be installed without a base. We currently have the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and the seat can be installed with a regular seatbelt. This means we didn't have to lug around the base. Installing the carseat with a regular seatbelt is super easy. Other carseats with this option: Baby Jogger City Go, Nuna Pipa, and Chicco Keyfit 30.
  3. Bring your Boppy pillow. David was a dream baby on each of our flights. He would nurse, fall asleep, and just hang out on the Boppy. I enjoyed having the support there.
  4. Use a backpack for your carry on. I used my North Face backpack from college. It held everything I needed and kept my hands free. In my carry on:
    • In a packing cube: two sleep n'plays for David, an extra shirt for me, and two burp cloths.
    • In a Bumkins bag: A & D ointment, hand sanitizer, infant Tylenol & syringe, infant thermometer, and aquaphor.
    • In a Bumkins bag: portable charger, iPhone charging cord, and headphones.
    • Reusable, foldable water bottle.
    • Aden + Anais Muslin blanket - I use this to cover David up when he slept and as a nursing cover.
    • Moby Fit wrap - I wore David in this wrap getting on and off the plane.
    • Wallet - with a copy of David's birth certificate.
  5. Make memories. Take lots of pictures. Don't get stressed. Enjoying snuggling that sweet little baby and making memories with your family. And most importantly, don't be afraid to travel with your baby.

Happy travels!
-Emily

Friday Five

Friday, June 15, 2018



one.

First of all, if you don't follow Brianna Battles, go do it now! She is an amazing trainer that created a program for pregnancy and postpartum athleticism. She is also hilarious! She was instagram story-ing the other day regarding commenting on postpartum bodies. She emphasized the importance of shifting our focus from what we look like to what we feel like. Many times we comment on how someone looks after having a baby and we say things like "You look great." Instead we should be focusing on how a mom feels postpartum. As a new mom, the next time someone says I look great my response will be "thank you I feel really great" or if it has been a rough day: "thank you everything has been kind of a struggle lately." I am also going to make it a point to ask new moms how they are feeling because "the goal is not about what we look like after becoming a mother it is how we are transitioning, how we're doing, what is the full picture of everything that is going on in life right now, and who is on our team." Follow Brianna and make sure to check out her travel story highlight for a good laugh!


two.

David had his first cold this week. I think it was harder on mama than baby. He was pretty congested for two days. Thank god for the Nose Frida, saline solution, and coffee! As you can see, the cold didn't get little man down even a little.


three.

My family had the pleasure of volunteering with Special Olympics Maryland this year. My parents coached the bocce team and Micah was a unified partner. We had so much fun getting to know the athletes and cheering them on at the Maryland Summer games!

four.

I bought this Lane Satchel from Fossil over a month ago and have been using it as my every day diaper bag. I LOVE IT! I searched for months to find the perfect diaper bag. I found that most "diaper bags" were way too big. This has a middle zipper compartment to hold a few diapers, changing pad, and wipes. I can fit an extra outfit, bibs, and toy on one side and my things on the other. I also love that I can throw it on crossbody too.


five.
We had such a fun week with friends and family. We went to a local winery for a fun night with the #badmomsclub. Tonight I am getting together with my girl cousins to talk all things babies. Micah and I are really enjoying being home for the summer and all the memories we are making with little man!

Baby Update - David is 6 Months Old

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


How in the world is it possible that I have a six month old?! Time sure does fly when you are having fun. Today I am going to share a monthly update on David.

Age - 6 months

Weight & Height - 18 lbs 3.2 oz & 27.5 in (62nd percentile & 83rd percentile according to WHO)

Eating - David has started solids which is so much fun! We are loosely following baby led weaning which felt right to Micah and I. David is still breastfeeding about 8 times a day and has solids about once a day. So far, he has tried avocado, strawberry, mango, banana, greek yogurt, and berries. I would love to share more about our baby led weaning journey if anyone is interested.



Sleep - David has been pretty inconsistent with sleeping. He generally goes to bed between 7 pm and 8 pm. Sometimes he wakes up at 11 pm to feed and sometimes he doesn't wake up till 5 am for a feed. He does sleep till around 8 am every morning which is very nice. We are currently transitioning from 3 naps a day to 2 naps. I am not pushing the 3rd nap but some days he needs it. My parenting style has been very laid back and I just follow David's lead on sleep. I do have to brag a little bit - we have kept David out past bedtime and he is still an easy going little man. My advice to mamas - don't get stressed out by a schedule or bedtime. Enjoy a late evening out or miss a nap to spend some time at the park or lunch with friends.

Developments - Little man can sit up on his own for an extended period of time. He really only falls over if he reaches for a toy. He rolls and scoots all over the place. Micah and I call him a baby crocodile because he death rolls for every diaper change. We are still waiting on teeth to pop up but he is drooling and chewing on everything. David can get up on his hands and knees which means crawling is on the horizon and mama is not ready! He loves his bouncer and leaps like crazy. The dogs are his favorites and make him belly laugh.

My Experience - David is an absolute joy. He is so easy going, even when he misses a nap or we keep him up late. We are having lots of fun spending time outside, going to story time at our local library, and playing with friends. I am looking forward to our summer trips with David. We are going to the Eastern Shore and upstate New York for weddings as well as to visit his Auntie on Long Island. I am so excited to see how much David loves the water!




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