travel tips with the babe

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We just returned home from a trip to LA and while the time change and travel may have knocked us all out a bit, Vida first flight was a success. Since we’d like to travel with her around the world, when she slept for 4.5 hours on the way out and 4 on the way home, it felt like we hit the jackpot. I’m well aware that it could have gone either way, and I’m sure things will change since consistency is fleeting with a little one. But for now, I’m grateful. We can’t be 100% sure why Vida took so well to it, but I’ve rounded up a bunch of our travel tips that I believe could have contributed. I’m hoping this checklist will come in handy for you too. Enjoy!

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Travel Tips with the Babe:

Morning Flight: Booking a morning flight worked out in our favor because it kept Vida a bit on the sleepy side. We bypassed her morning nap, which kept her ripe for sleeping on the plane.

Get to the Airport Early: You’ll need extra time to assemble/disassemble strollers, change diapers, feed the baby, and take care of yourself too. Leave ample time to get this done. I recommend heading to airport 3 hours ahead of time which is what we did. It kept us chill and stress-free which for us is worth it.

Change Diaper Before BoardingMake sure to get your babe changed in a fresh diaper at the gate before you board the plane. You never know how long you’ll be sitting on the plane before take-off.

Use Bathroom Before Take-Off: Once you’re on the plane, it will be difficult to manage the babe and use the bathroom. Make sure to use the toilet before boarding.

Check Stroller At Gate: We went back and forth about whether to check the stroller with the bags and keep Vida in a carrier, or hold onto the stroller until boarding. We chose the latter, and it worked out perfectly. There is lots of walking in an airport so the stroller not only held Vida, but also a bunch of our carry-on bags too. We kept the Ergo as well so we could continue being hands-free once we checked the stroller at the gate.

Disinfectant Wipes: As we all know, planes are dirty and breed many germs. Be sure to pack disinfectant wipes so you can clean off your armrest and tray table. 

Breastfeed During Take-Off/Landing: If you’re breastfeeding, it’s best to nurse the babe during take-off and landing. This keeps baby comfortable if his/her ears are popping from pressure. It also keeps baby soothed and sleepy.

Bring Hand Pump: If breastfeeding, it’s best to carry-on your hand pump since baby may sleep for longer than expected. This happened to us and I was happy to have it with me to discreetly pump in my seat. I use this one.

Book Window Seat: If breastfeeding, it’s best to book a window seat so you can nurse privately.

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Flye Baby: Flye Baby could be the best invention known to mankind. Vida totally slept in this for a large part of the flight and it gave us the opportunity to be hands-free. I didn’t watch a movie but totally could have!

Scarf for Mama & Cub: Wearing an oversized scarf will not only keep you warm, but doubles as a blanket for baby too. I wore this one.

Change of Clothes: As we all know, babies spit-up and poop on themselves all the time. That said, it’s best to not only pack a change of clothes for them, but for you too!

Pack Snacks: I always have extra snacks on hand, but since breastfeeding (and ALWAYS hungry) I was even more mindful about packing them. I was equipped with food to last me throughout the flight without having to purchase a thing.

Socks/Booties: Make sure to bring booties for your babe, even if it’s warm outside. Planes tend to get cold and their little feet should be covered.

Pack Toys/Rattles: Be sure to bring a few toys/rattles on board. When Vida was up for the short time she was, it gave her some entertainment. Our favorite is the Nogginstik.

Download iPhone Games: If baby falls asleep in your arms and you have one hand free, it’s beneficial to have iPhone games that don’t need wifi.

Manage Expectations: When going on vacation, expect normal routines to change. For us, the plane ride was easy, but baby girl still had to adjust to a different time zone once in LA. Be prepared for anything!

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babes and balance

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Hello and happy week. I hope it’s a good one. Mine seems to be quite productive since I’ve started to tip toe my way back to work. I’ll be announcing my official return soon but am trying to routinely post again, and on Thursday I’ll be attending my first event since June. Hosted by Latham Thomas from Mama Glow and Mitera, the event is focused on ‘Business, Babies & Breastfeeding’ which couldn’t be a more appropriate conversation for me to participate in. I’ll be bringing Vida along too. This whole work/life/new mom balance thing is tough. Since I’m the type of gal who likes to be present and 100%  focused, it’s been challenging to get sh*t done while Vida occupies the entirety of my mind. I expected to be back sooner, but this babe has gotten all of me. And I’ve absolutely loved and appreciated every second of it. It’s only now that I’m just starting to dabble back into work again. I know I’m not alone here, and expect to eventually find my groove, but do accept the process of finding my new normal. I’m grateful for the opportunity to ease back in slow. These past three months have been surreal and dream-like, and expanded my heart a billion times. It’s insane how quickly time has gone by. I feel like I was just prego! While I realize as we enter growth spurt number 357 and the teething phase that baby girl is growing up fast, I’m holding on tight to every last moment. For the part of me that is compelled to be full throttle at work, the other half says chill the f*ck out and be in the here and now. And so I shall.

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In an effort to freeze these precious moments, I decided to document them via a mini photoshoot with my friend and photographer Lori Berkowitz. Dina who hates having her photo taken went down kicking and screaming, but is obviously psyched to have the prints (you’re welcome boo!). Vida was a little over it at first too, but after 10 minutes of kvetching became a pro. I’m super happy with how the photos came out and can’t wait to get a few up in frames. If you follow me on instagram, you know how much I appreciate a good snap. I can’t thank Lori enough, who also took my maternity photos and who I partnered with on a ‘Bumps and Babes‘ collaboration where I shared maternity styling tips. She too just had a babe a month after me. Lori has been a key part in documenting our journey and I’m so grateful to her for capturing such intimate and memorable moments that I’ll cherish forever.

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I’m looking forward to sharing so much more with you all, and promise to cover content outside of mommy-hood and babies. For now though, it’s what I got. I’m hoping to be back here next week with a style post sharing style tips I’ve learned while breastfeeding (a whole new area of exploration!), but in the meantime, some faves from our shoot.

Cheers to hump day, babies and finding balance! xx

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For all photoshoot inquires, reach out and get in touch with Lori directly!