Babywearing Love

IMG_6213IMG_1354IMG_1146Have you tried babywearing? Baby carriers make a lot of things easier; travel, getting things done, or chasing after older children while keeping your littlest one close. It also gives parents time to bond with their newborn, while also helping their newborn to feel safe in their new environment. I absolutely love both of my baby carriers, but I didn’t always feel that way. 

We registered and received an Ergo 360. We love it, and it has been crucial when traveling with Emmy. When Emmy was just a few weeks old, I purchased a Solly baby wrap. I purchased the Solly because I actually felt intimidated by our Ergo 360, which is funny since now, I am quick to get it on, make sure Emmy is comfy and do my safety check within a couple of minutes. I couldn’t wear Emmy at first because she had a low birth rate. Once she was big enough to be held in the Solly baby wrap… well, let’s just say it was a game changer! This little girl, like most newborns, LOVED to be held! When my husband returned to work, I pretty much nursed Emmy, went to the bathroom if I could, and shoveled easy to grab snacks all day while I waited for him to come home. I got some adorable snuggles in between, but I felt as though it became quite rare for me to do something normal- put away dishes, make an actual meal, maybe even take a glorious shower! When I was finally able to wear Emmy, it was like a part of myself was returning, and I was getting more confident as a mom.

One part of motherhood that surprised me was anxiety. I will save more on that for a later post, but for now, I found that any anxieties I had often resulted in a rabbit hole of google searches. Babywearing was one of those rabbit holes for me. When I first started wearing Emmy, I pretty much checked her posture and breathing about every .024 seconds! After my new hobby of googling, I found a lot of resources that helped me to relax and enjoy the sweetness that is babywearing.

Here are some helpful websites I found useful and I am hoping can help you as well!

If you have an Ergo, their website includes videos with tutorials, along with FAQ and more.

Solly Baby Wrap also has great video tutorials.

Do you remember how I shared above that I do a safety check? Like I mentioned, I got incredibly anxious when I wore Emmy, so much so that I couldn’t relax. This website really helped me as I became more comfortable. Babywearing International has LOTS of amazing resources, but I am linking straight to their safety page.

I would love to hear from you about your favorites when it comes to babywearing. What type did you enjoy the most? How has it made parenthood easier for you?

 

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Flying with a Toddler

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I have to start this post by saying that my husband and I flew ALOT prior to having Emmy. Honestly, my experience and routine in flying helped me as I prepared for our first trip with a baby. My husband and I recently counted the number of flights that Emmy has been on since she was born… It was 23! We need to get her a frequent flyers mile number ASAP! 

I am hoping that our experiences, success and mistakes can help you as you prepare to fly with your little one.  I mostly fly with Emmy by myself, but these tips can definitely be used if you are flying as a family.

When I fly with Emmy, I take one carry-on rolling suitcase ( I always check it unless my husband is traveling with me), one backpack, my Ergo Baby 360, her stroller and her carseat.  (Emmy is still in an infant car seat- we plan to switch her soon!) Most of our trips are to Georgia where our parents have an extra car seat base, and pack and play. We will be taking a trip to the Northwest and Hawaii in June, so stay posted for how we pack for that vacation.

In my carry-on size suitcase:

  • My clothes, shoes, hair accessories (usually a straight iron or curling iron, never both) I wear my bulkiest items, my ankle boots have been great for transitioning from Wisconsin to Georgia, but I have worn light cold weather boots as well. I generally then pack my small ballet flats along with a pair of tennis shoes or Toms.
  • Liquids (bath soap and lotion for Emmy, some hair products for me)
  • I LOVE packing cubes. I don’t always use them for my stuff, but they have been amazing for Emmy’s stuff! I pick two smaller cubes and roll her tops in one, and pants in the other. I usually squeeze some socks and shoes in with the bottoms.
  • I like to put her brush, tooth brush, bows, and anything else random in a small bag and I include this in my checked bag
  • I like to tuck some diapers in the suitcase if I have room, but I don’t worry about it too much.

My Back-Pack (In the south I said “book-bag” but had to change when I moved to Wisconsin! I was confusing my kinders.)

  • I have two gallon-size zip-loc bags.
    • One with diaper changing materials: diapers, changing pad, and a small container of aquaphor) *I keep the wipes out of a bag because I use them so much!
    • The second one I pack last because I want to grab it easily. This holds, snacks for baby and me, wipes, a couple toys, boogie wipes, tissues and extra paci’s
  • I pack 5-10 diapers on the bottom of the bag. Just for worst case scenarios. I also roll up an extra shirt for me, and two extra outfits for Emmy. If I have room I add some leggings in case Emmy has an accident on me. (This has never happened… knock on wood!)
  • If I have room, I include a book because this can entertain her for a bit on the flight.
  • I like to bring a water bottle if possible, if not, I always buy one at the airport once we get through security, and this is another fun toy for Emmy to play with!
  • My back-pack also includes essentials in case of a major delay that I wouldn’t want to buy (kids tylenol, along with the dispenser, nose frida and saline solution.) The liquids go in my quart size zip-loc along with my must-have liquids.
  • I also like to pack my make-up in my back pack because I would be a mess if that was lost too!
  • One sippy cup of almond milk for Emmy. I let her drink from my water bottle if needed. *I always let the TSA agents know I have a sippy cup of liquid. 
  • One Muslin blanket- nursing cover, cover when sleeping, or ball it up and use it support your arm when they sleep. 
  • If you have a younger baby, the monkey mat is amazing! It can hook onto your backpack as well. I used this when Emmy was sitting up or for tummy time prior to boarding!
  • i-Pad: If you plan ahead, you can download some shows from amazon prime or netflix!

During the flight

I like to board first, I know some moms prefer to wait, and now that Emmy is walking we may end up doing this too! I like the extra time to get situated, especially when traveling alone. Ever since Emmy could sit up, I plopped her in my seat, then buckled her up so that I could unpack and wipe down the surrounding surfaces! I am not a big germaphobe, but airplanes/airports gross me out!

I hold off on bringing out the toys for as long as possible. We have been lucky that people sitting with us or nearby like to entertain Emmy and I fully support that! When I was nursing, I would nurse during take-off. If you are not nursing, try a paci, and if your child doesn’t take a paci, offer a bottle or sippy cup! The sucking can prevent their ears from popping.

The rest of the flight is pretty much me trying to entertain her. I offer snacks, I let her play with my water bottle, my phone, or watch shows on the iPad. When the flight attendants come around, I ask for a bag of pretzels and empty cup.. Both purely for Emmy’s entertainment- New, cheap toys!

She usually falls asleep about halfway through the flight and I always let her! If she is awake and antsy, I take advantage of the seat belt sign being off and I get up and walk her to the back of the plane and try to stand out of people’s way.

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I hope that your flight is as stress-free! Everyone knows babies cry, if your child gets upset, try your best to stay calm. Get up and walk around, take a breath and just know this will be a small memory some day.

What are some travel tips that have helped you?