Friday, March 18, 2011

20 Questions about Travel with Baby...

So First of all I must share my HUGE success with selling my clothes today! I brought in 4 huge bags and came back with one! Store owner Christen bought most of my clothes and offered me $355 in store credit or $231 in cash OR $173 in Store Credit & $117 Cash.  I took the $173 in store credit and $117 in cash!!! Not too shabby!! Christen said she hadn't made a buy like that in years and she loved all of my clothes! Yay for helping local businesses and helping myself in the process! Win-win!

I also must share the "made my day" moment of today...Dr. Jenn Berman (parenting guru and author of my go-to-Parenting Bible "Super Baby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the first 3 year") commented on my blog! Wow! I feel like I spend an hour every day with Dr. Berman as I refer back to the book constantly...and now she knows about me and my little G! That is just too cool! If you haven't checked out this book yet, you should...it's written well and has really helped me understand the kind of mother I hope to be.

Okay... Now here is the part where I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! I leave on Monday for my first plane trip with Gunnar...and I am more than apprehensive about the journey.  So to those of you mommies who are Expert Travelers (and by expert I mean...you've flown more than me...flying once makes you an expert in my book) Please answer any of these questions if you can.  And for you moms looking for the same advice I will post a blog after my trip with the advice that helped me the most!

So here goes nothing:

1. What are the "must haves" to bring on the plane?
2. What items should I check and what gets gate checked? (Do I have to pay for gate checking? Never done it... Do I need tags for gate checking?)
3. Any tricks for baby on lap, on plane?
4. Tricks for changing baby on plane?
5. I have the Chicco Key Fit car seat do I need to bring the base or is there a way to strap it in the rental car by itself?
6. Do you trust Hotel cribs?? Bring your own sheet?
7. What do you bring to the beach with a 4 month old?
8. How do you go through security with a baby? Baby Bjorn? How do I get my shoes off with baby?
9. What kind of blankets should I bring to Florida?
10.  Tricks on sleeping in a hotel with a baby??
11. Should I just forgo the bedtime routine (especially time)? Or stick to it? Or modify?
12. Hmmm to bring the full breast pump or just the hand pump (I rarely pump...maybe once a day, if that)? And breast feeding in a bathing suit?? Hmmmm....
13.  Anyone done Disney World with an infant? Which Park is best (we can only go to one)? What rides can you do with baby? Tips?
14. Swim diapers...do you have a preference (there only seem to be 2 kinds) swimmers or splashers?
15. Do I need to inform Delta that I have "infant in arms" before I get to the airport?? I can't find any information about this...
16. Sunscreen? Bugspray? Discuss...
17. Must have travel baby items?
18. What do you do with a baby who doesn't sit up yet at the beach? Just hold him? Hmmm....
19. What's the best travel advice you got before you traveled?
20. Did I forget anything??

and for your viewing pleasure...Baby Bunny Gunnar!
Comment below,  Email me: kirstinfranklin@yahoo.com or facebook me with your tips! Thanks in advanced!!

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  2. I am sending you an email. I have travelled MANY times alone with both of my kids (Brynje alone has been on more than 20 airplanes in his 1 year of life) so I hope to have some useful tips for you. Good luck!! -Kendra

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  3. I just saw that you wanted it sent to your yahoo account. I sent it to your gmail so i will send it to your yahoo now just in case.
    -Kendra

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  4. Baby carrier is a must! slip on and off shoes a must! Nurse at take off and landing especialy beacuse sick. SUNSCREEN splashers worked best for boys! Never trust hotel cribs pack and play all the way! have extra clothes for you and him in carry on. change pre flight and he should do okay till post because there is no easy way to change a baby on a plane. STICK WITH ALL SCHEDS period it will make life there and return better stay on your time zone for everything with him.

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  5. 1. What are the "must haves" to bring on the plane?

    *** depends on whether your husband is along for the ride. Have to be more strategic if he's not. If he is, so you can hand the baby over to get stuff out of your bag, then nothing you wouldn't think of. Do bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag in case of blowout.

    2. What items should I check and what gets gate checked? (Do I have to pay for gate checking? Never done it... Do I need tags for gate checking?)

    *** You do not need to pay for gate-checking. Gate-check the snap and go and the car seat. If you're traveling alone, try to score an extra seat for the car seat instead of gate checking it. To gate check, just go up to the desk when you get to the gate and ask for the luggage tags.

    3. Any tricks for baby on lap, on plane?

    *** If your husband isn't coming with you, bring an IPOD since your hands won't be free and you don't want to lose your mind. Baby Mum-Mums are the safest earliest cracker he can gum and it keeps Matthew very entertained. Always get an aisle seat.

    4. Tricks for changing baby on plane?

    *** Never easy. Try to avoid at all costs. If not, try to use the floor in the steward area in the back if you can - easiest.

    5. I have the Chicco Key Fit car seat do I need to bring the base or is there a way to strap it in the rental car by itself?

    *** I'm sure you don't need the base. See if there's a youtube video. Strapping car seats in is SO easy.

    6. Do you trust Hotel cribs?? Bring your own sheet?

    *** No idea, haven't done it yet.

    7. What do you bring to the beach with a 4 month old?

    *** No idea. Let me know if you hear anything because we're headed to Florida in a week. I know they don't test sunscreen on babies under 6 months. I think you're just supposed to keep them completely in the shade. Otherwise California baby is the best but the most $$$.

    8. How do you go through security with a baby? Baby Bjorn? How do I get my shoes off with baby?

    Leave baby in his car seat until last minute and your shoes are off Then put car seat on belt and take him out. Walk through scanner with baby in arms. Put back in car seat. Then put shoes on. Pretty easy and everyone will help if you need it.


    9. What kind of blankets should I bring to Florida?

    *** no idea.

    10. Tricks on sleeping in a hotel with a baby??

    *** Oy.

    11. Should I just forgo the bedtime routine (especially time)? Or stick to it? Or modify?

    *** Oy.

    12. Hmmm to bring the full breast pump or just the hand pump (I rarely pump...maybe once a day, if that)? And breast feeding in a bathing suit?? Hmmmm....

    *** Not bringing my pump.

    13. Anyone done Disney World with an infant? Which Park is best (we can only go to one)? What rides can you do with baby? Tips?

    *** haven't done

    14. Swim diapers...do you have a preference (there only seem to be 2 kinds) swimmers or splashers?

    *** let me know!

    15. Do I need to inform Delta that I have "infant in arms" before I get to the airport?? I can't find any information about this...

    *** Yes, usually when you purchase the ticket. Call them right now and let them know. Only certain seats have an infant air mask.

    16. Sunscreen? Bugspray? Discuss...

    *** See above :)

    17. Must have travel baby items?

    *** Again depends on if hubby is coming. If not, need baby carrier, and consider getting The Sit Seat.

    18. What do you do with a baby who doesn't sit up yet at the beach? Just hold him? Hmmm....

    *** Or car seat. Let me know what you find out. I think holding him or towel.

    19. What's the best travel advice you got before you traveled?

    *** To do everything possible to be moved next to an empty seat when traveling alone, infant in arms.

    20. Did I forget anything??

    Not that I know of!

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