Travel With Baby | Fit Pregnancy

Travel With Baby

Christened and Cribbed

Another week, another leap forward in play. That same magical Wingel remains the love of Tucker’s life. He is now a pro at shoving it in his mouth and passing it from hand to hand. A new hit is the funniest French toy, a gift from a childhood friend of mine.

New Mom Must-Haves

In the weeks before your due date, you’ll want to gather the necessities, such as bodysuits and diapers. Pack an organic cotton bodysuit or sleep sack in your hospital bag for baby’s going-home outfit; they’re cozy and allow you easy access for diaper changes. Stock up on newborn-sized diapers; your baby will use eight to 12 of them a day.

Cue up the (travel) Cribs

Thanks for all your book recommendations last week! I’ve got a list going and will gradually pick up a bunch of them.

Flying with Babies

I am pretty annoyed about this article on CNN about babies and children on airplanes.  They cry, misbehave, kick seats, poop their pants and generally act like babies.  Some people are upset enough by this, they’ re suggesting babies and small children be banned from air travel.  Why?  Because they bother them.  

Avoid the Travelin’ Blues

Keeping your little one healthy at home is hard enough, so what about once you hit the road? “It’s not as tough as a lot of people fear,” says Laura Jana, M.D., an Omaha, Neb.-based pediatrician and author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. Healthy babies as young as a few weeks should be fine, but keep these tips in mind for safe travel:

Fend off germs. Frequently wash everyone’s hands, especially after touching airplane armrests or trays. If your baby is due for immunizations, get them before you go.

Breastfeeding A Go-Go

Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding—once you get the hang of it—is the easiest way to nourish your baby.

It’s also the healthiest, proven to reduce many childhood illnesses (including ear infections) and health threats in later life (obesity, to name just one).

You also save time and money because you don’t have to buy and prepare formula, which can cost up to $1,200 a year.

But how can you breastfeed and still have a life? What if you want to go out to dinner or have to travel? What if you go back to work? We’ll show you.

Simple Living

The other day the girls and I went to our local farm to pick blueberries. It was a hot and humid day. Elise kept insisting that I hold her while we picked because an unfamiliar farm cat kept creeping around through the bushes. After we picked, the girls ran around looking at the chickens, rabbits, and sheep. By the time we got home, and finished baking up a blueberry tart, all I wanted to do was lie on the couch and drink iced tea. So when Julia asked me if we could eat the tart for dinner—with organic vanilla ice cream to top it off—I decided to say yes.

Which car seat, when?

Here's what you must know about car seat requirements for your child: Rear-facing Your baby must be kept in a rear-facing seat until he turns 1 and weighs at least 20 pounds. But if he reaches the car seat's weight limit before he'’s 1, he must ride in a rear-facing convertible seat. Many parents prefer the convenience of an infant carrier because the seat can be removed from the car without having to unstrap the baby. The car seat base remains strapped into the vehicle; the carrier simply snaps in and out of the base.

Stop the Madness

Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be notoriously nerve-wracking. Add pregnancy or new motherhood to the mix, and the activities that are supposed to make the season warm and fun can simply turn into sources of more pressure.