Hi friends! Today, I’m sharing a few tips and tricks that worked really well for us while traveling to and from St. Thomas last week. I got so so many questions from y’all during the week about our stroller and how we did certain things, so I’m going to cover it all here. And as I always say…I’m not an expert! This is just what worked for Harper and for us, so I hope its helpful to you as well!
It was Harper’s first trip, so it goes without saying that this mama was SUPER nervous. Babies require a ton of things and I honestly had no clue what to bring, what to leave home, how we were going to get it all there, etc. And to be honest, I probably overpacked a bit. I wrote lists upon lists in the days leading up to our trip, trying to come up with every single thing she could possibly need while we are there! We are also so, SO scheduled with Harper, but we quickly learned that it kind of goes out the window while traveling, ha! Tough at first, but it really taught us to relax and go with the flow.
My mom and I went to buybuy BABY a couple days before our trip to stock up on some things we knew we would need. We found so much there, it was our little one-stop shop to feel totally prepared for our trip. A few necessities that I’m so glad we didn’t leave home without are —
- Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller – this thing was a lifesaver. I’ve seen families travel with their full size strollers, but honestly we wanted something a little more manageable. This one is just 14 pounds and totally convenient. It folds down and opens with one hand, and fits in the overhead compartment. When you have a baby on your hip and bags in your hand, the ease of opening this stroller was key. It was a total breeze carrying it when we needed to and hands-down our favorite must-have travel item.
- Pop-up Shade Dome – this was kind of a last minute purchase and we weren’t really too sure how much we’d use it. The answer was…every single day, multiple times a day. First of all, it folds into a flat round disc…easy for travel. It pops up into a BIG covered tent, which we used by the pool, on the beach, and even in the living room of the condo. Harper is crawling and constantly on the move [we can’t even turn our back for 4 seconds or she’s out of sight!], so this little gem was amazing. It gave her plenty of room to play [we put toys in there and I could even fit in there with her!], all while giving us peace of mind that she wasn’t going to crawl off.
- Travel Activity Seat – we joke all the time that Harper has major FOMO [fear of missing out], so this little seat was perfect. When we were in the condo all hanging out, it was great to have her right there and she didn’t feel like she was missing anything! She would play with her little toys on there and be right there with us, so she loved it and we did too.
- Sunscreen – this was so key. We were terrified her fair baby skin was going to burn, but we were religious about lathering her up and she didn’t burn once!
- Noodle & Boo Travel Set – we use Noodle & Boo every day at home, so this little mini set was perfect for a week of travel. It comes with a small shampoo, body wash, and lotion. The bottle size is perfect and not as heavy or bulky as bringing along the full size bottles.
- Cleansing Cloths – I kept these in my diaper bag for when we were out and about. With sweat, sunscreen, and sand…these made it so easy for a quick clean up.
Traveling with a baby for the first time was definitely no easy task! You should have seen us in the airport with all of our things, haha! Definitely a sight, but it was all so worth it. And Harper was a GREAT traveler. On the way to St. Thomas, she was amazing on both of our flights. She slept a lot and the rest of the time she was up and smiling/laughing with the flight attendants, she is a total ham. I know it’s totally personal preference, but we purchased Harper her own seat. So her carseat went in her own seat and she slept in that. When she was awake, I had her on my lap. The flights home from St. Thomas, she wasn’t feeling well and running a fever, so the first flight was a little rough. She was pretty fussy and you could definitely tell she wasn’t feeling well. The second flight though, she slept the whole way home. Philip and I were both so nervous about having a baby on a plane and what people would think, but you’d be surprised how sweet and kind most people are! Plus, it totally helps when you have a smiley, happy baby…people can’t help but love them! 😉
A few tips:
- Do research and be prepared! I read a bunch of articles and blogs beforehand about what essentials are needed for flying with a baby. We also chatted with the staff at buybuy BABY and they were super helpful and actually suggested the pop-up shade dome I talked about above. Just be prepared and keep in mind, you’ll need and want pretty much everything you have at home…and then some.
- Try not to stress! Babies pick up on cues from their parents, so if you’re stressed about it, likely they will be too! And as I’m sitting here typing this, I have to laugh to myself because I had to remind myself of this a few times while on the trip.
- Have a bottle and/or pacifier handy for takeoff and landing! This is typically when babies are the most fussy because of the pressure change. If they’re taking a bottle or a pacifier, it helps regulate that and they won’t feel as much pressure in their ears. This worked great for Harper and she didn’t cry at all.
- If your baby is old enough, have a bunch of easy snacks on hand! I had my diaper bag packed with a few extra yogurts, puffs, yogurt melts, and squeeze packs of food. You don’t know if flights will get delayed and you always want to make sure you have enough. Plus, Harper loves snacking on little puffs and yogurt melts throughout the day.
- I got a bunch of questions about how we handled feedings on the trip…we still did her bottles, cereal, baby food, snacks, and foods like avocado and mashed potatoes while we were out at restaurants. We didn’t really do anything different than we do when we are at home!
- Know the sleeping situation ahead of time. We stayed in my parent’s condo at the Ritz Carlton and the Ritz provided us with a crib and a high chair, which was hugely helpful. I also know some people travel with a pack-n-play or the dockatot.
- Pack a bunch of little toys! Harper has her few that she loves, but sometimes she’s in a mood where we have to cycle through a few toys before she’s entertained and happy again! Plus, most of them are small enough that it’s easy to pack a few.
I hope this was helpful! If y’all have any specific questions, feel free to email me! [email@example.com]. Thank y’all so much for reading!
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